New Orleans born Regis Prograis showed once again why he is the #1 seed in the WBSS Super-lightweights tournament when he took the WBA Super title from Kiryl Relikh at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana with a 6th round stoppage win.
Relikh was cut on the bridge of the nose in the 2nd round which saw the challenger land with straight left hands out of his southpaw stance. As the round ended Rilikh landed a hard left hook that badly wobbled Prograis. The punch landed after the bell had sounded but referee Luis Pabon issued no warning or point deduction
Going into the 6th round Rivas asked Relikh if he could continue. The body shots from
The win earns Prograis his first world title and the chance to gain a second when he faces the winner of the other semi-final between Scotland’s Josh Taylor and IBF Super-lightweight champ, Belarus’s Ivan Baranchyk.
Talking after the fight, Prograis said “The dude had never been stopped. I just dominated him. I’m a different animal. Whoever they put in front of me, they’re going to get the same treatment. I worked on my defense. This time, I barely got hit, and I stopped him. What can they say about me? Nothing. I want to fight Josh Taylor more, because people are saying he can beat me. It don’t matter. I’m running through everybody. How can they not put me on pound-for-pound? I’m running through everybody. Put me on pound-for-pound!”
The Louisiana native is building a reputation as a fighter that can do it all. In his last bout against former Lightweight title-holder Terry Flanagan,
If Taylor comes through his semi-final against Baranchyk, we could see a much tougher encounter for Prograis in the final.