Regis Prograis

Regis Prograis (born January 24, 1989) is an American professional boxer. He held the WBA light welterweight title in 2019 and the WBC interim light welterweight title in 2018. As of February 2021, he is ranked as the world's third best active light welterweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[1] second best by The Ring magazine[2] and fourth best by BoxRec.[3] Prograis currently has an 83.3% knockout-to-win ratio.

Regis Prograis
Statistics
Nickname(s)Rougarou
Weight(s)Light welterweight
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach67 in (170 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1989-01-24) January 24, 1989 (age 32)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights27
Wins26
Wins by KO22
Losses1

Prograis chose his nickname, "Rougarou", Louisiana French for 'werewolf', to pay homage to his grandfather, who is of Native American descent.[4]

Amateur careerEdit

Prograis is of Louisiana Creole descent[5] and originally from New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina forced him to relocate in 2005 to Houston, Texas, where he began training at Savannah Boxing Club alongside Evander Holyfield which was a key factor in motivating him to take boxing seriously. He went on to build a remarkable 87-7 amateur record. As an amateur, Prograis was ranked #4 in the United States, the 2009 Ringside World Champion, 2010 HORN National Champion, won regional Golden Gloves and competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials before turning professional in 2012.

Professional careerEdit

Since turning professional, Prograis has fought at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on the undercard of the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter fight, which was the first primetime boxing event televised on CBS in over 40 years. In 2015, he was recognized by ESPN as a Prospect of the Year candidate.[6] USA Today and Yahoo Sports has recognized Prograis as a legitimate world title contender. Regis is represented by the boxing promoter Lou DiBella.[7]

On 27 October, 2018, Prograis faced Terry Flanagan as a part of the World Boxing Super Series super lightweight quarter-final. Prograis dominated Flanagan for most of the fight and managed to send him to the canvas once in the eighth round. All three judges saw it in favor of Prograis, scoring the fight 119-108, 118-109 and 117-110.[8]

As a part of the WBSS super lightweight semi-finals, Prograis faced Kiryl Relikh, ranked no. 4 at super lightweight by The Ring, for his WBA super lightweight title. Prograis had a great performance, defeating and stopping Relikh in the sixth round, to win his first world title.[9]

In the final, Prograis was slated to face IBF world super lightweight and The Ring super lightweight champion Josh Taylor.[10] Predictions before the fight were split, since both fighters had an unmblemished record as pros, were world champions and the top of their game. The fight lived up to the expectations, as both fighters fought masterfully over twelve rounds, and the win could have gone either way. The judges ultimately scored it 117-112 and 115-113 in favour of Taylor, and one judge had it a draw, 114-114.[11]

On Ocobter 31, 2020, Prograis had his first comeback fight against Juan Heraldez. Prograis dominated his opponent and managed to finish him in the third round, with 1:23 left on the clock.[12]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
27 fights 26 wins 1 loss
By knockout 22 0
By decision 4 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
27 Win 26–1   Ivan Redkach TKO 6 (10), 1:21 Apr 17, 2021   Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Originally a unanimous TD, later ruled a TKO after an incorrect referee call
26 Win 25–1   Juan Heraldez TKO 3 (10), 1:23 Oct 31, 2020   Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
25 Loss 24–1   Josh Taylor MD 12 Oct 26, 2019   The O2 Arena, London, England For vacant WBA (Super); IBF and vacant The Ring light welterweight titles;
World Boxing Super Series: light welterweight final
24 Win 24–0   Kiryl Relikh TKO 6 (12), 1:36 Apr 27, 2019   Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S. Won WBA light welterweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: light welterweight semi-final
23 Win 23–0   Terry Flanagan UD 12 Oct 27, 2018   Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. World Boxing Super Series: light welterweight quarter-final
22 Win 22–0   Juan Jose Velasco TKO 8 (12), 1:59 Jul 14, 2018   Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
21 Win 21–0   Julius Indongo TKO 2 (12), 2:54 Mar 9, 2018   Mountain Grand, Deadwood, South Dakota, U.S. Won vacant WBC interim light welterweight title
20 Win 20–0   Joel Díaz Jr TKO 2 (10), 2:55 Jun 9, 2017   Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S. Retained WBC–NABF light welterweight title
19 Win 19–0   Wilfredo Buelcas KO 1 (10), 2:07 Feb 11, 2017   Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S. Retained WBC–NABF light welterweight title
18 Win 18–0   Luis Eduardo Florez TKO 4 (10), 1:47 Jun 25, 2016   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBCNABF light welterweight title
17 Win 17–0   Aaron Herrera KO 1 (10), 2:17 Mar 25, 2016   Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
16 Win 16–0   Abel Ramos RTD 8 (10), 3:00 Dec 11, 2015   Bayou City Event Center, Houston, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBCNABF Junior light welterweight title
15 Win 15–0   Amos Cowart UD 8 Aug 7, 2015   Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
14 Win 14–0   Abraham Alvarez TKO 1 (6), 1:28 Apr 17, 2015   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   Héctor Velázquez TKO 5 (8), 2:59 Jan 9, 2015   Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Jeff Humphries KO 1 (6), 1:43 Nov 6, 2014   Evangeline Downs, Opelousas, Louisiana, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   Mario Hermosillo TKO 4 (6), 1:24 Oct 8, 2014   Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   Marteze Logan TKO 2 (4), 0:31 Jun 27, 2014   Athletic Fencing Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   Aaron Anderson TKO 5 (6) Jun 7, 2014   Jackson County Civic Centre, Pascagoula, Mississippi, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Felipe Reyes TKO 6 (6), 2:45 Apr 24, 2014   Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Miguel Alvarez TKO 3 (4), 2:59 Nov 30, 2013   Belle of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   James Harrison UD 6 Oct 3, 2013   Heritage Festival, Gretna, Louisiana, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Adauto Gonzalez UD 4 Jun 6, 2013   Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   David Green TKO 2 (4), 2:59 Jan 10, 2013   Bayou Event Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Anthony Little TKO 2 (4), 2:19 Nov 30, 2012   Conference Centre, Hurst, Texas, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Aaron Anderson KO 4 (4) 2:20 Aug 25, 2012   Charles T. Doyle Convention Center, Texas City, Texas, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Carl Almirol KO 1 (4), 2:01 Apr 28, 2012   The Royal Palace, Houston, Texas, U.S.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RANKINGS | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  2. ^ "Light welterweight ratings". The Ring. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "BoxRec: Light welterweight ratings". boxrec.com. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Ramon Antonio Vargas (February 22, 2018). "Eyeing world title shot, boxer Regis Prograis releases emotional video touting his ties to New Orleans". The Advocate.
  5. ^ "Going Back to My Roots: The Odyssey of Regis "Rougarou" Prograis"". 10 July 2018. Archived from the original on 22 June 2019.
  6. ^ Dan Rafael (December 30, 2015). "Prospect of the year: Errol Spence Jr". ESPN.
  7. ^ Kevin Iole (July 7, 2017). "Unbeaten knockout artist Regis Prograis recognizes a boxer has more than one job to do". Yahoo! Sports.
  8. ^ Esco, Wil (2018-10-28). "WBSS Results: Regis Prograis dominates Terry Flanagan, moves on to semifinals". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  9. ^ "Regis Prograis claims first major title in dominating fashion against Relikh". The Ring. 2019-04-27. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  10. ^ "Prograis vs Taylor - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  11. ^ "Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor report: New unified and WBSS champion crowned in London". SecondsOut Boxing News. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  12. ^ Christ, Scott (2020-10-31). "Regis Prograis batters Juan Heraldez for third round stoppage". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2021-02-12.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Giovani Santillan
WBCNABF Junior
light welterweight champion

December 11, 2015 – June 2016
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Yves Ulysse Jr.
Vacant
Title last held by
Rashad Ganaway
WBC–NABF light welterweight champion
June 25, 2016 – 2018
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Maxim Dadashev
Major world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Lucas Matthysse
WBC light welterweight champion
Interim title

March 9, 2018 – July 14, 2018
Status changed
Vacant
Preceded by
Kiryl Relikh
WBA light welterweight champion
April 27 – October 26, 2019
Lost bid for Super title