Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Regis Prograis Eyes Garcia-Vargas Victor; Terence Crawford

Regis Prograis is coming off a fight of the year frontrunner, and although he came away with a loss, the former super lightweight champion still believes his stock is at an all-time high. 

The 30-year-old Bayou-born boxer feels that he won a lot more than he lost after a majority decision defeat to Josh Taylor in October.

Prograis (24-1, 20 KOs) is in the process of working with manager Sam Katkovski and promoter Lou DiBella in scheduling his return to the ring, most likely in either March or April.

“I want to get back in the ring. I want to get all of the belts back and be the undisputed champion. I was close to getting it, but now I have to back up and analyze things again,” Prograis told in an interview.

regis-prograis (2)_9

If Prograis had it his way, aside from an immediate rematch against Taylor for a chance to take back two versions of the 140-pound crown, his wish list would be topped with the winner of the Mikey Garcia versus Jessie Vargas fight Feb. 29, and even moving up to welterweight to do so.

“They’re two live opponents, and it will be a very good fight. I lean more toward Mikey, though, in a very close split decision to win it,” said Prograis. “I’m trying to figure out the next move for me, in who we’re going to fight next. I can potentially fight 147, but it all depends on who it is. There are a lot of names at 147. We’ll see what happens. It doesn’t matter to me. I can go up. I’m in a real good position I’m in right now.”

Top Rank head Bob Arum told earlier this month that Prograis could be an opponent he’d consider matching up versus Terence Crawford.

“I’ve definitely been wanting to fight Crawford for a long time, for sure,” he said. “We’ve always had back and forth with each other.”

In the interim, Katkovski said he’s sifting through a set of opponents for Prograis’ 2020 return. 

“A lot of the guys we want to fight are not available right now, but we want them in the summer,” said Katkovski. “We’re still discussing some names for March-April.” 

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and and currently does TV commentary for combat sports programming that airs on Fox Sports and hosts his own radio show in Los Angeles. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at [email protected].

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 01-06-2020

[QUOTE=Vodkaholic;20303353]This bum got his ass kicked. Hype job got exposed[/QUOTE] So he is a bum and a hype job because he lost close unification competitive fight. Modern casuals are just crazy, dumbest sport fans ever.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 01-06-2020

Prograis can fight Granados, Broner , Mikey garcia or Jessie Vargas. Even better Taylor rematch or Ramirez at 140. Real 147 guys all beat him. Thurman, Pacquiao, Spence, Danny, Porter, Ugas, Crawford all beat him.

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 01-06-2020

[QUOTE=cotto#1p4p;20302627]That'd be Subriel Matias and Lou Dibella wants no part of Matias.[/QUOTE] Yea, I've recently just clocked this guy Matias and he's gonna make serious waves (and more KOs).

Comment by MEXICAN STYLE on 01-05-2020

Right up Bud's alley !

Comment by Phill lynott on 01-05-2020

[QUOTE=Mister Wolf;20303104]He should have won. Now he is just considered high risk low reward. He will have to become a mandatory to get a meaningful fight.[/QUOTE] that is so true. I was thinking the same thing and unfortunately that is…

Top Headlines
Fury: Coronavirus Can Take Anyone Out, Regardless of How Invincible We Feel Hearn: Joshua Has To Box By Mid-August To Fight Twice in 2020 Mares: I Still Want To Perform At The Highest Level Like I Always Have Parker's Manager: Junior Fa's Demands Were Stratospheric Barry Hearn Has Surgery After Suffering Minor Heart Attack Teofimo Lopez: Davis Can't Even Knock Out an Old Gamboa! Devin Haney Only Moving Up To 140 For Mikey Garcia Keith Thurman Welcomes Rematch With 'Predictable' Danny Garcia Navarrete: I Want Naoya Inoue, Vargas, Luis Nery, Akhmadaliev Demetrius Andrade Angles For Hometown Title Defense Nazarena Romero Changes Life For The Better Through Boxing Callum Smith: I Have No 'Canelo' Regrets Top Rank Prez: No Indication Wilder Would Step Aside For Fury-Joshua Aaron Aponte: Tremendous Feeling To Know My Life is Gonna Change Real Soon Joshua: As a British Fighter - I Don't Get Respect From World Media! Team Pulev Aim For Contingency Plan To Stage Joshua Fight AIBA Pays Off Massive Debt, Implementing Changes Demanded By IOC Joseph Parker: Junior Fa Priced Himself Out, Wanted Too Much Takahiro Ao Decides To Retire From Boxing Spence: Car Accident Was Wake-Up Call From God; Was Way Too Comfortable Atlas: Ruiz, In Better Shape, Would Have Still Lost To Joshua Dmitry Bivol Targets Canelo: I Know I Can Beat Him, I'll Go To 168 Dennis Hogan Plans To Return To Junior Middleweight Teofimo Lopez's Target List: Loma, Haney, Josh Taylor, Jose Ramirez Hearn Slams Move By 'Stubborn' Dana White To Stage Island Fights Artur Beterbiev Would Have No Problem Fighting in The UK News: Robert Helenius, Kubrat Pulev's Trainer, Braekhus, More Teofimo Lopez: Right After Loma Fight, We'll Move Up To 140 Jacobs: Callum Smith Hasn't Truly Been Tested By Top-Notch, World-Level Fighter Spence: Staying At Welterweight Until I Finish My Goal To Become Undisputed Champ Josh Kelly vs. Lewis Ritson Clash Eyed For Future, Says Hearn Boxing Without Boxing: The Great White Hype Caitlin Foran, Kickboxing Champion, Ready To Enter Boxing Ranks Joseph Parker is Open To Musical Collaboration With Tyson Fury Fury-Wilder Trilogy Could Be Moved From Las Vegas, Says Warren A Golden Boy Looks at 60: Lalonde Reflects on 'Sugar' Highs and Money Lows Canelo: We Are Going To Win This Fight By Staying at Home Arum on Fury-Joshua Being Next: That's Up To Wilder and Pulev Klitschko Finds It 'Creepy' That Fury Keeps Discussing 'Sauna' Battle Arum: Ticket Prices Will Need Adjusting Post-Pandemic
Latest Forum Threads