Former 140-pound champion Regis Prograis is relishing his opportunity to co-star in Triller’s flagship Fight Club card April 17 headlined by the Jake Paul versus Ben Askren fight.
The 32-year-old Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) has been around the block fighting for various platforms and promoters in recent years, but the Bayou boxer is bullish on boxing’s newest player leading up to his fight against Ivan Redkach at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
“Triller is coming on strong. I don't know how much of a threat they'll be, but for right now, it looks like they are going to be one of the top people in the sport,” said Prograis. “My team has been trying to do something like this a long time ago, where it's an event. Where it's not just regular boxing. You have an event with performers. Boxing has been needing something like this to happen and I am glad to be a part of it ... Without a mainstream fighter, a lot of people won't tune in.”
Prograis said Canelo Alvarez, Anthony Joshua, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are the only handful of fighters in the sport that can move the needle by themselves.
Prograis is embracing Paul’s pairing of savvy social skills with the sweet science and the untapped fan base he’ll bring on fight night.
“Jake Paul is very, very popular, so I'm not worried about being on the undercard or anything like that. That has no concern to me at all,” said Prograis. “I have to go out there and look spectacular and take care of business.”
Prograis test against Redkach is the only traditional boxing match on Triller’s PPV fight bill.
Other supporting bouts feature former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunnigham taking on former UFC champion Frank Mir, and pro boxer Joe Fournier fighting Colombian reggaeton artist Reykon.
“Everytime I fight I look forward to giving a spectacular performance. With this show, even more. I want to represent myself really well,” said Prograis. “I'm fighting a real fight. The positive for me is you have someone like Jake Paul, and he has a whole different world out there with popularity ... It's a win-win.
“I think a lot of fighters are going to try and do this [with Triller]. I'm glad that I got the call. This is a huge platform, and they are paying us all of this damn money. I think a lot of these fighters are going to reach out and say, 'I want to go fight on Triller.'”
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