Regis Prograis gets the opportunity to showcase his considerable abilities on Saturday 27th April against Belarus’s WBA Super champion Kiryl Relikh in the semi-finals of the WBSS Super-lightweights at The Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Prograis will start as favourite, but the Belarusian is a formidable performer in his own right. After back to back losses to Scotland’s Ricky Burns and Cuban Rances Barthelemy, Relikh bounced right back by turning the tables on the then unbeaten Barthelemy, with the WBA title on the line.
His first defence against Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky took place in Yokohama, Japan with the champion retaining his title with a unanimous decision in October 2018.
With 19 stoppages in his 23 wins and 2 defeats record, Relikh needs to be taken seriously by the highly touted Prograis.
Boxing fans have warmed to the WBSS because they get the fights that promoters normally don’t make so that they can prolong their star names unbeaten records and maximise their earning potential.
Prograis is a fighter that doesn’t feel he needs protecting from anyone in his division “That’s why I signed up for the tournament. It’s a big risk and reward at the same time. Its real fights. You can’t duck people, you have to fight. It’s a big reward at the end, at the end of the rainbow is the pot of gold.”
Both fighters can punch, but it is the southpaw Prograis that has impressed with his streak of knockouts which only ended when he outpointed England’s Terry Flanagan in his last outing.
Prograis might have to be careful against the Belarusian, but I think he will stop the champion around the 7th or 8th round.