Regis Prograis To Gervonta Davis: “Don’t Mention My F*cking Name If You Don’t Want No Smoke, Lets Get It Popping”
By: Hans Themistode
Two division world champion Gervonta Davis took offense to a poll that was posted on Twitter. The survey asked viewers to vote on a dream match of sorts between Davis and former 140-pound champion Regis Prograis.
Not amused in the slightest, the Baltimore native took the time to express how their contest would go down.
“I will beat the shit out of this bum ass n**ga,” said Davis on his Twitter account.
Seemingly minding his own business, Prograis got wind of what Davis said and responded immediately.
“Little boy don’t mention my f*cking name if you don’t want no smoke,” said Prograis. “I ain’t for this back and forth shit. I’m ready to wreck something, lets get it popping.”
Normally, the trash talk between Prograis and Davis would be viewed as harmless. However, with Davis rumored to be moving up to the same weight class as Prograis to take on WBA 140 pound “Regular” titlist Mario Barrios this summer, there’s reason to believe that a future showdown between the pair could come to fruition.
Davis though, has never been on the agenda of Prograis. The former belt holder has always kept his attention locked and loaded on once again becoming a world champion. In late October of 2019, the New Orleans native lost his lone bout at the hands of Josh Taylor in a unification contest at the O2 Arena in the United Kingdom.
He’s bounced back since then, stopping Juan Heraldez in the third round on, ironically enough, the undercard of Davis last ring appearance against Leo Santa Cruz on Halloween night last year.
Prograis, 32, isn’t the only one who walked away with a knockout win on that night as Davis also scored a stoppage victory of his own. His would come in the sixth round after a back and forth five rounds.
With Davis showing no remorse in how he believes a matchup between them would go, Prograis is incredulous that so many boxing fans actually side with the well-known knockout artist.
If Davis and his handlers are so firmly under the belief that he would in fact stop him, then the former belt holder urges them to pick up the phone and give him a call. With that said, Prograis assumes that his cell phone won’t be ringing anytime soon.
“Y’all really think Tank could f*ck with me? I mean know he’s popular and he’s a pretty good fighter but I would hurt that little boy. Floyd would never let him close to me. They’ll need a restraining order after f*cking with me.”
Despite the back and forth theatrics, Prograis is solely focused on his next contest which is quickly arriving in just over a month when he takes on Ivan Redkach in Atlanta Georgia.
Adrien Broner On Regis Prograis: “I Like Him But If He Fights Me, I’m Going To F*ck Him Up”
By: Hans Themistode
There’s a huge, almost laughable misconception taking place right now. For whatever reason, most of the boxing world is under the impression that Adrien Broner has ill-will towards former Jr welterweight belt holder Regis Prograis.
Most of those thoughts stem from Prograis persistently calling for Broner to step into the ring with him. Despite the public feud, Broner squashed any and all notions that he has animosity towards him.
“The crazy thing is people are trying to make it seem like I don’t like that dude,” said Broner during a recent interview with ESNEWS. “It’s just the business. I fuck with Regis, I like him.”
Prograis, 32, is still attempting to jump back into the title mix after dropping his WBA world title to Josh Taylor in October of 2019. After taking a bit of time off, Prograis returned to the ring just a few months ago in October of 2020, to stop previously undefeated Juan Heraldez in the third round of their showdown.
While Prograis may have been ecstatic to pick up the win, arguably no one was happier than Broner. With each victory that Prograis continues to pile up, Broner only envisions the bags of money growing in size. The two may have a growing rivalry outside of the ring, but for now, every time Prograis fights, Broner becomes his biggest fan.
“Every time he fights I hope he wins. I want him to become a star because that only makes our fight bigger.”
No matter how big their possible showdown becomes, Broner knows good and well that it won’t take place if he doesn’t take care of business this coming Saturday night. In the main event slot of a Showtime boxing card, Broner ends his two year retirement when he takes on fringe contender Jovanie Santiago at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville Connecticut.
A win for Broner, he believes, is a formality. He admits that he expects Santiago to put up one helluva fight but he also expects their contest to be one-sided.
According to the former four-division titlist, the beating he is about to put on his opponent should give Prograis a look into the future.
Simply put, if Prograis continues to look for it, Broner will gladly hand him the beating of a lifetime.
“If he fights me, I’m going to f*ck him up,” said a stone-faced Broner. “Bad too. If he ever comes across my line of work, he’s dead.”
Regis Prograis Wants Danny Garcia: “I Can Beat Him Very, Easily – I Think I Whoop Him Bad”
By: Hans Themistode
Despite only a limited amount of seats available due to the current worldwide pandemic, former Jr welterweight world champion Regis Prograis simply couldn’t miss out on the live-action. Roughly one month ago, unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., had a dominant performance against former titlist, Danny Garcia.
While many agreed that Spence Jr. controlled much of the action, most applauded Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) for his efforts. However, with a perfect view of their showdown from his ringside seat, Prograis had a much different perspective of how the Philadelphia native performed on the night.
“I was at the fight with him and Errol and he didn’t look that good,” said Prograis during an interview with IFL TV. “He just didn’t look that good to me.”
For Garcia, losses in his biggest matchups at 147 pounds have become the norm. Prior to his defeat against Spence Jr., the Philadelphia product dropped a pair of decision losses at the hands of Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman.
Although his stature at 140 pounds could seldom if ever be questioned, Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) has difficulty viewing him as a legit threat in his second weight class.
“He was good at 140 don’t get me wrong, he was real good, he did his thing. All the big fights he came through but at 147, not so much. He’s not that good at 147. They call him a cherry picker and all that type of stuff but I still respect Danny.”
At the moment, Prograis is still enjoying his highlight-worthy knockout win over Juan Heraldez on Halloween night just last year. Although he dropped his WBA world title in his previous contest against Josh Taylor, Prograis has reiterated his desire to stick around in the division until he regains championship status. The moment he’s able to wrap gold around his waist once again, the newly turned 32-year-old plans on moving up in weight.
While he’s still fully focused on his immediate goals, Prograis would love for Garcia to introduce him to the welterweight division when the time comes.
“I think once I go up to 147 that’s a fight that I would definitely want for sure. Maybe my introduction fight into the division.”
With the credentials of Garcia, no one has considered him an easy target. In the mind of Prograis however, the former two-division belt holder would be easy pickings.
“I think I would beat him easily. I think I beat him way worst than Errol beat him. I can beat him very, very easily. I think I whoop him bad. I think I can shut him out. I’m not even going to say I can knock him out, he’s never been knocked out and he definitely has a tough chin but I think I can pitch a shutout against Danny.”
Regis Prograis: “I Still Believe I’m The Best At 140, I Want To Be Champion Again”
By: Hans Themistode
Regis Prograis warned those who are in his 140 pound weight class, that although he suffered the first loss of his career late last year, that he wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
This past Saturday night on Showtime Pay-Per-View, the former WBA super lightweight titlist emphatically turned his words into action. On the night, the formerly undefeated Juan Heraldez stood across from him. During much of their build up, the Mayweather promotions fighter repeatedly told Prograis that his time at the top was over. With that being said, the New Orleans Louisiana native needed only three rounds to make his opponent eat his words.
“It was a left hook,” said Prograis as he described the shot that scored a knockdown in the third round. “I took a step to my right and hit him with a perfect punch.”
The win for the former titlist was his first in just over a year. His recent spell of inactivity mostly came as a result of COVID-19. Despite his time on the sidelines, Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) simply points at the recent carnage he left in the ring when asked if he believes he’s still the best that the division has to offer.
“Of course,” said Prograis. “I still believe I’m the best at 140. I have that blemish from that Josh Taylor fight but I still feel like I’m the best and I’m going to keep proving it.”
For the 31 year old Prograis, he continues to envision championship gold draped around his shoulder. However, with unified champions Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez gearing up for a collision course sometime in 2021, the pugnacious knockout artist may have to settle for another belt holder instead.
“I want to be champion again and Mario Barrios does the WBA Regular but I want my belt back. The one that Josh Taylor took from me but still, Barrios isn’t off the table. Whatever management say is next for me. If the Barrios thing is on the table then we’ll do that.”
Becoming a world champion might be his biggest personal goal, but even those gold trinkets will play second fiddle if Prograis gets his hands on a certain fighter that he has been calling out for quite some time.
“If me and Adrien Broner fight at 140 that’s the biggest fight you can make at 140. I think that’s a huge fight. If me and him fight for no type of belts that’s going to be the biggest fight. I been wanting that fight for years now.”
As far as how a matchup between the two would play out, Prograis kept his answer short but clear.
“I think I’ll whoop his ass.”
Regis Prograis Fully Prepared For Juan Heraldez: “I’m A Fuck This Boy Up”
By: Hans Themistode
If there was anything that Regis Prograis enjoys more than fighting, it’s getting the recognition for being the best in his weight class. By all accounts, the New Orleans product was identified as such, at least according to Ring magazine.
Prograis (24-1, 20 KOs) would spend time sifting through meaningless babble about fighters that did not pertain to him until he finally landed on their 140 pound rankings. For long stretches, his name would be etched at the top. Yet, following a loss to Josh Taylor in a unification match in his last ring appearance, the New Orleans native found himself usurped. Playing second fiddle isn’t something that he has grown accustomed to, so as he prepares to enter the ring for the first time this weekend since that aforementioned loss, the former world champion is still using it as motivation.
“I would open the Ring magazine and be number one for months at a time,” said Prograis during a recent press conference. “I want to get that number one spot back, I yearn for that number one spot. I was that guy at 40 and I need to get my spot back.”
Standing across from Prograis on the night will be undefeated Mayweather Promotions prospect Juan Heraldez (16-0-1, 10 KOs). The two have gone back and forth since the moment their contest was announced and continued that trend as they sat socially distanced away from each other on stage.
Despite the unsullied record of his opponent, Prograis believes he’s simply ho-hum. A win over his man isn’t good enough come fight night. Instead, the Houston resident wants the result to be emphatic.
“Either a stoppage or just a shutout basically,” said Prograis when explaining how he expects their contest to play out. “I think he’s an okay fighter but I still feel like I’m the best at 140. I was number one for a long time. In order to get my belts back, this is the first step. I know this dude is coming to fight but I’ve been training my ass off. I’m going to show the world that I’m still here. I train too hard to not be number one.”
Heraldez was mostly mum during the proceedings, but as he listened to Prograis go on and on about wanting to recapture his number one position at 140 pounds, the California native attempted to give him a reality check.
“That’s all in the past man,” said Heraldez.
The once calm demeanor of Prograis perked up once he heard the words of his opponent. With their contest only a few days away, the 31 year old implored his fans to order to the Showtime Pay-Per-View so they can witness the beating he’s going to dish out come Saturday night.
“I’m a fuck this boy up so go order Showtime.”
Regis Prograis Heading To PBC As Both Sides Agree To Multi Fight Deal
By: Hans Themistode
Regis Prograis has officially found a new home, and it didn’t take long.
The former 140 pound titlist has confirmed with BoxingInsider.com that he has come to terms with a new multi fight deal with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).
Less than two weeks ago, the New Orleans native made a somewhat surprising move when he parted ways from long time promoter Lou DiBella with one fight left on his deal.
With the freedom to sign with any promotional company, Prograis was soon fielding offers from everywhere.
While he combed over each proposal that was filled with life changing money and opportunity, Prograis found one deal more attractive than the others and wasted absolutely no time in coming to an agreement with PBC.
With Prograis coming up short in his last ring appearance against Britain’s Josh Taylor in a unification matchup, the surly knockout artist was rumored to be moving up in weight. He quickly squashed those rumors shortly after. Moving up in weight is inevitable for the 31 year old, but not before draping more gold around his now empty shoulders.
“I want to win a world title at 140 again,” said Prograis to BoxingInsider.com during an interview several months ago. “I’ll move up to 147 eventually but I need a title first at 140 again.”
With championship gold still on his mind, all signs pointed to Prograis signing with Top Rank. Reason being, they currently house every major world title at 140 pounds with both Taylor and Jose Ramirez on their roster.
Despite that, Prograis (24-1, 20 KOs) has officially made PBC his new home.
The competition at 147 pounds is well known with names such as unified champion Errol Spence Jr. and former belt holders in Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter stomping around his soon to be division. With that being said, Prograis won’t be short on options in his current weight class.
The title aspirations of the New Orleans product, is still possible with a showdown against WBA regular titlist Mario Barrios. Other makeable matchups between Robert Easter Jr. and of course, former four division world champion turned rapper, Adrien Broner, would produce memorable matchups as well.
For PBC, their week just continues to get better. The news of Prograis jumping onboard comes just one day after an agreement was made with fellow former 140 pound titlist Maurice Hooker.
The Dallas native is rumored to not only be making his PBC debut in November, but also his welterweight debut against long time contender Josesito Lopez in the co main event of Spence vs Garcia.
Maurice Hooker Opens Up on Failed Regis Prograis Fight Negotiations: “He’s a Coward, I Will Slap That Dude”
By: Hans Themistode
The 2020 boxing schedule was turned upside down the moment COVID-19 announced it’s presence. Contests such as Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 and Teofimo Lopez vs Vasiliy Lomachenko were thought to be impossible to make until at least 2021. Thankfully for fans though, promoter Bob Arum assured the public that those contests will in fact take place.
Wilder vs Fury has a tentative date of mid December, while Lomachenko vs Lopez is currently eyed for September 19th.
Unlike those newly rescheduled matchups, a contest between former 140 pound champions in Regis Prograis and Maurice Hooker, which was originally set to take place on April 17th, at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, has gone by the wayside.
A matchup between the two former belt holders was amongst the most anticipated contests of the pre COVID-19 year. Plans to salvage the bout via a closed door event was recently discussed between both parties.
However, discussions never materialized into a new fight date as constant back and forth bickering over weight closed negotiations early.
Prograis immediately pointed the finger at his opponent, claiming that Hooker wasn’t “professional” amongst other choice words.
Now that their contest is dead in the water, Hooker has opened up about exactly what happened.
“I decided to move up to 147,” said Hooker on FightHub. “In my last two or three fights I’ve been having trouble making 140. Me making 140 takes a big toll on me on fight night. So I decided to move up to 147. I told Regis and them and he was just like he’s not going up to 147. So he said let’s do it at 144 and I told him that’s still too low. But he just kept trying to call shots like he’s Floyd Mayweather or something.”
“We both don’t have a belt so we can fight at whatever weight we want to. I told him let’s do 145 and he just kept saying nah 144 so I just left it alone. If you really want to fight me then you’ll just come up to 145. What’s one more pound? He really don’t want to fight.”
For Hooker, the back and forth discussion over weight was pointless. Making the 140 pound limit was taking a “big toll” on the 6 ft former champions body. And while 145 pounds wouldn’t be easy, Hooker was willing to acquiesce for one reason and one reason only.
“I’m willing to die making weight, just so I can get my hands on him,” explained Hooker. “I just want to beat the guy.”
Animosity in the boxing world is often manufactured as a way to sell tickets to the viewing public. But in the case of Hooker and Prograis, the genuine dislike for one another is as real as it gets.
“I will slap the shit out of that dude,” said Hooker. “He’s a coward. When he sees me in person he’s going to shut up, he won’t say shit. I promise he won’t say shit because I will slap that dude. When he sees me he better keep that same energy. And if he do, I’m a slap him.”
With their contest officially in the rear view mirror, fans can only imagine how things would have played out. For Hooker though, he doesn’t have to assume how their matchup was going to unfold. It’s clear as day for the former title holder.
“I was going to stop him. I was going to hurt him.”