Former 140-pound champion Regis “Rougarou” Prograis would relish the opportunity to fight one of the biggest names in boxing, albeit the faded version.
Following a knockout win over Ivan Redkach on Triller PPV as the co-feature to the Jake Paul-Ben Askren fight, Prograis (26-1, 22 KOs) is eyeing the former four-division world champion Adrien Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs).
“Broner heard what money Triller is paying, and he said he wants to fight on Triller next. Who is better to fight Broner than me?” Prograis told The DAZN Boxing Show.
“If it’s not the next fight, then it’s the one right after that. I really think me and Broner should be the next fight right back on Triller. That’s a huge fight. Even in and out of the ring, that’s going to be a big event. I would try. I already know I can beat him.”
Following the recent Triller PPV, Broner went on one of his typical tirades on social media.
“This is crazy. N----- train their whole life and never get a chance to make this type of money. I'm happy for Jake Paul and I think he deserves everything given to him but this is mind-blowing,” wrote Broner in regard to Paul’s reported $690,000 purse. “Cause Showtime Boxing and Al Haymon do pay the f--- outta me but I really put the work in since I was six years old to get to where I am but this is just my opinion I’m not hating or nothing ..... F--- IT MY NEXT FIGHT GOT TO BE ON TRILLER.”
The 31-year-old Broner has been linked to Showtime for better parts of the last decade. The premium cable network has shown commitment to the Rated-R boxer despite the uneven performances and head-scratching headlines he creates.
Broner is 1-2-1 in his last four fights dating back to July 2017. The underwhelming win came via a disputed decision against the unheralded Jovanie Santiago in February. It was the Cincinnati slugger’s first match in over two years.
The Bayou-based Prograis, 32, has seen enough holes in Broner’s game to feel confident he could stop the steel-chinned fighter for the first time in his career.
“Me going into training camp, it won’t be to beat Adrien Broner. My whole training camp, my mind would be, ‘I want to stop him,'” said Prograis.
“There’s no question that I can beat him. I don’t even think like that. I definitely know for sure that I can beat Adrien Broner. For me, it’s about stopping him. I would definitely want to be the first person to do it. Adrien Broner is tough.”
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