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Regis Prograis looks to continue rise to the top
By Vikram Birring, Dog House Boxing (Dec 12, 2015)

Regis Prograis
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Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Regis Prograis returns to the ring on a Showtime card in his hometown of Houston this Friday, and like his last assignment, another fighter with an unbeaten record, Abel Ramos, will stand in the other corner.

Not that it bothers Prograis: “Every time I fight I want to be known as the best fighter that night.” In his last fight, he was just that as he whitewashed Floridian Amos Cowart over eight rounds. Normally known as a power puncher, Prograis quickly realized Cowart wasn’t going anywhere, so he instead pounded him with punches from a variety of angles. So fabulous was Prograis’s performance, at times he left his hands at his sides for extended periods. This probably isn’t the best idea in the long run, but it simply shows the self-confidence the one-time Hurricane Katrina refugee has gained in the last few years.

Fighting at home doesn’t cause the man known as “Rougarou” the expected nerves and anxiety that comes with performing in front of family and friends. “I just can't wait. I wish it was tomorrow. I had a tremendous training camp. I've been sparring with a lot of good fighters that have been giving me a lot of good work.”

Ramos, though unbeaten, has two blemishes on his record; he drew against Maurice Hooker and Levan Ghvamichava. Coincidentally, these were the only two bouts that Ramos fought outside Arizona.

Nonetheless, fans should expect a spirited affair, as is always the case when two sporting opponents that have never tasted professional defeat square off. And if Prograis has anything to say about it, the fans will go home happy.

On the undercard is Prograis’s longtime stablemate, super bantamweight Pablo Cruz, seeking to show he has something left for the boxing world after a crushing second round knockout defeat to fellow Texan Adam Lopez nine months ago. It was Cruz’s first formidable opponent since his amateur days, and he was dealt a harsh lesson, but he is back and hopes to make an impact in the division.

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