The Big Question: Prograis vs Relikh - who wins?

Boxing Monthly
26/04/2019 9:15pm

Photo: WBSS

Members of the BM team make their picks and predictions for the World Boxing Super Series semi-final showdown between Regis Prograis and Kiryl Relikh…

I expect Prograis to dominate a tough Relikh over 12 rounds and set up a likely WBSS final against Josh Taylor. Prograis by a comfortable unanimous decision. - Lee Gormley

Prograis vs Relikh could be closer than people think. Relikh is very underrated and won’t mind being the underdog in this bout. However, I do believe Prograis will progress. I predicted him to make the final of WBSS prior to the tournament and I’m sticking to it. Prograis by split decision. - James Lupton

I like Prograis to start slow but find his rhythm in the middle rounds and score a late TKO over Relikh to win his first world title. - Michael Montero

Despite being a world champion, Relikh perhaps still doesn’t get the plaudits he deserves, and his run at 140lbs is a strong one. The problem for him here is that, in Prograis, he’s up against a fighter who looks a cut above. Relikh is both good enough and awkward enough to make this interesting, but I expect Prograis to solve the puzzle around midway and pound his way to a convincing decision with one or more cards in the 117-111 region. Prograis UD - Tom Craze

Prograis vs Relikh just doesn't get the juices flowing for me and I think it's the Belarussian's previous defeats against Ricky Burns and Rances Barthelemy that are to blame. Prograis undoubtedly is a massive favourite, but there's something about Relikh that seems to nullify flashier opponents’ better work. I would expect Prograis to prevail on points. I’m unsure whether it will be explosive. - Craig Scott

I've got Prograis winning an awkward clash via a relatively wide points win. Relikh always seems to be a forgotten man of the division but he's rugged and won't let Prograis work like he wants. Still I think the American's skills will ultimately prevail. - James Oddy

I honestly can't see past a unanimous points victory for Prograis. Although Relikh is a rugged awkward customer the American showed some real smart boxing skills against Flanagan to go with the power and he'll be just too classy. - Marcus Bellinger

Relikh’s legitimacy as champ is often easily-dismissed, probably because of his decision losses to Ricky Burns and Rances Barthelemy, but the Belarussian is no pushover - as his subsequent victories have shown. The thing is that Prograis has been champ-in-waiting for a while and it seems logical that his reign will finally begin now. Prograis via a dominant points decision. - Colin Harris

Prograis on points seems the logical conclusion. Relikh is tough and I don't see him being stopped. He may surprise a few people too. - Luke G. Williams

Final tally: Prograis 9 Relikh 0