A full title unification bout between Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor is the most meaningful fight that can currently be made within the 140-pound division.
Regis Prograis, who lost a 12-round majority decision to Taylor 11 months ago, still feels as though he and Adrien Broner would make “the biggest fight” in the junior welterweight division. New Orleans’ Prograis and Cincinnati’s Broner have talked trash to one another for a few years, but Prograis would love to settle it in the ring.
The former WBA super lightweight champion discussed boxing Broner during the newest episode of “The PBC Podcast,” which debuted Wednesday on premierboxingchampions.com.
“I think that’d be a huge fight, you know,” Prograis told co-hosts Kenneth Bouhairie and Michael Rosenthal. “I always said that if they make that fight between me and Broner, that’ll be the biggest fight they can make at 140. Nobody won’t even pay attention to no other fights, just because of me and him.
“We both got loud mouths, we both a little arrogant, we both talk a lot, you know, and we both know all the same people. We both like in the hip hop world and all that stuff. I know the same people he know, and we kinda talk through those people all the time about how we gonna f--k each other up and stuff.”
The 31-year-old Prograis (24-1, 20 KOs) is preparing for his junior welterweight fight against Juan Heraldez (16-0-1, 10 KOs) on October 24. The Prograis-Heraldez bout will be part of the Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz undercard at Alamodome in San Antonio.
The 31-year-old Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) could box sometime in January for the first time in two years. The polarizing four-division champion claims he won’t fight unless he makes a preposterous purse of $10 million, but Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza told BoxingScene.com recently that discussions are ongoing regarding Broner’s opponent for what would be his first fight since he lost a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao in January 2019 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Prograis would welcome boxing Broner next if he defeats Heraldez and Broner beats whoever he faces in his return to the ring. He doesn’t dislike Broner, but Prograis knows Broner is the highest-profile opponent he can face at or near the junior welterweight limit.
“I don’t think it’s bad blood,” Prograis said. “To be honest, I don’t think Adrien Broner has bad blood towards nobody. He’s just a clown. Everybody knows he’s a clown and stuff like that, you know. But I don’t think it’s bad blood. It’s not bad blood, but it’s definitely competitiveness. It’s not it’s bad blood between me and him, where we genuinely don’t like each other. He don’t really know me, and I don’t really know him for it to be like bad blood and stuff like that. So, I say I’ll whip Adrien Broner’s ass. That’s all. I’ll say I think I can stop him. I think I’ll be the first person to stop him.”
Each of Broner’s four professional defeats went all 12 rounds. Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, Mikey Garcia and Pacquiao each beat Broner by unanimous decision.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.