Regis Prograis insists Adrien Broner is “shot” and believes he would inflict a damaging display on his rival, should they meet.
Broner claimed a close, unanimous decision win over Jovanie Santiago in his first fight in two years at Mohegan Sun on Saturday.
When asked about the possibility of a fight with Prograis post-fight, the former four-weight world champion replied: “I always cheer for him and I wish him the best, but if he gets in the ring with me, I’m going to f--k him up.”
Responding to the remarks, Prograis told Pro Boxing Fans: "At the end of the day he’s supposed to say that.
“He not gonna say ‘he gonna beat me’ and all that, it’s Adrien Broner. Adrien Broner’s a clown, he’s going to say what he’s going to say. I think deep down he knows. Don’t come f--king with me. I think deep down he knows I’m way too dangerous, I’m way too dangerous.
“I’m faster than him, I feel like I’m tougher than him, I’m definitely stronger than him, my chin is hard. How can you beat me? What can you do to beat me? Especially if I’m on my game that night.
"Last night the world knows, don’t come knocking on this door. I think it’s a realistic fight now to make it happen probably in the next two fights, two or three fights, so I think for me I’m thinking 2021. For him to fight me, he demands a lot of money. My name is getting bigger and bigger and bigger and once my name gets up there and everyone is demanding the fight, then I think that’s when it’s really going to take place.
“I don't think Adrien Broner is scared of me, I don’t think so but he wants to get paid, because Adrien Broner fought Mikey Garcia, [Manny] Pacquiao, [Marcos] Maidana, he fought some huge names and stuff, so I don’t think he’s scared of me, but it has to make sense money wise for him to get in the ring with me.
“I’m going to hurt him, I’m going to hurt Adrien Broner, if I ever fight him I guarantee I’ll hurt him and I think if I hurt him bad enough, the way I train and the way I f--king hit and how hard I hit, if I hurt him bad enough I’m going to damage him and it might be one of his last fights basically and he knows that, his team knows that.”
Prograis stopped Juan Heraldez in three rounds in October on the undercard to Gervonta Davis’ devastating win over Leo Santa Cruz at the Alamodome, his first fight since defeat to Josh Taylor in the World Boxing Super Series Final.
Broner returned to the ring for the first time since a unanimous decision defeat to Manny Pacquiao in January 2019.
Prograis, who stopped Juan Heraldez in three rounds in October, insists the 31-year-old is not the same fighter he was and does not believe he would beat unified Light Welterweight world champions, Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez.
“I think AB is shot. He’s going down, he’s declining,” Prograis continued.
“He blames it on ring rust. He’s 31 and I’m older than him, but I’m younger than him in boxing. As far as Adrien Broner goes, he’s older, he’s way older than me in boxing and he had a lot of hard fights already, he did fight a lot of good fighters, he fought a lot of big names, he had a lot of hard fights already.
“I just think he’s done, I think he’s shot, I don’t think he’ll ever be the fighter he was. He was very, very good at 130lbs, 135lbs, once he started coming up to 140lbs, 147lbs the opposition of course started getting harder for him.
“He did win a belt at 140lbs, but he didn’t win a belt at 140lbs against the killers they have right now. As far as him getting a belt, he can’t beat the champions right now. He definitely can’t beat a Josh Taylor or a [Jose] Ramirez. He might have more luck with somebody like Ramirez, but I still don’t think he’ll beat Ramirez because of his activity. Definitely can’t beat Josh Taylor, definitely can’t beat me and that’s really the three top dogs at 140lbs right now. I don’t think he’ll beat any one of us.
“I just think as far as overall, man I think he’s shot, I don’t think he has it anymore. It will be very, very apparent once he fights a high level fighter like myself or like a Taylor or like a Ramirez, once he does fight somebody like that, then I think that it’ll be over for him.”