Prograis on the radar

Anthony George
14/10/2015 7:48am

Regis Prograis is a rarity in boxing these days. He gets the job done inside the distance. With the recent, distinguished dominance of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Andre Ward, the art of the stoppage is, in some quarters, no longer perceived as the roots of boxing.

But with 15 fights and 12 stoppages, rising 140lbs star Prograis is swiftly gaining recognition as a pugilist worth watching. His high-octane victory over Amos Cowart [WUD8] on ShoBox was a perfect example.

“It was a good fight for television and I was able to show my skills,” Prograis told Boxing Monthly. “But he hit me with some shots that I should have avoided.

“I learned a lot from that fight. Amos Cowart was an extremely tough competitor. I learned that I cannot knock everyone out and that, sometimes, I will need to use my boxing abilities against fighters who can take a good shot. Maybe if I would have thrown more body shots later in the fight then I could have gotten a late round stoppage.”

Prograis labelled his body attack a “double-edged sword” as a fighter like Cowart, “has the ability to change a fight with one punch and, by pressing too hard, I could have opened myself up to a fight-altering barrage.

“I have had a couple of tough fights and he is definitely one of my toughest,” added Prograis. “He was tough because I hit him so many times flush and he still kept coming back for more. He also packed a solid punch and fought well on the inside.”

While the fight tested his mettle, Prgrais triumphed by a wide margin, only losing a solitary round on all three scorecards (80-72 twice and 79-71). Cowart had entered the fight unbeaten so it was a good litmus test.

“I am not sure what is next,” said Prograis. “I leave that part up to my management, ATR Sports, and promoter Lou DiBella. I believe I have another date on ShoBox by the end of the year.  Everyone wants to see me back on ShoBox so that is probably where I am going again.”

He also told BM that he hopes to fight for a title within a year. The Houston fighter has shown considerable skill, excitement and the ability to take his opponents out. All essential ingredients. Prograis is a fighter worthy of keeping an eye on. Stay tuned.