The main draw for the Cajun Dome crowd in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, #1 seeded Regis ‘Rougarou’ Prograis (24-0-0, 20KO) dominated WBA Champion & tourney #3 seed Kiryl ‘Mad Bee’ Relikh (23-3-0, 19KO), forcing Relikh’s corner to stop the fight in the 6th round en route to his first World Championship.
Prograis was too elusive, fast and strong for the fighter from Belarus, and exploited his stagnant nature with some well placed power punches to the head and to the body. Prograis put him down in the 1st round, and tried to finish Relikh off at the end of the round, but ran out of time. He went back to his script and exhibited a commanding presence in the ring, befuddling Relikh and out-landing him at will. Kiryl tried to make a match of it, but he was out-gunned. After taking an accumulation of punishment, Relikh’s corner after the 5th round seemed to insinuate that they would stop the fight to prevent any further damage, and they did so after much of the same was taking place in the 6th.
Rougarou advances to the Final round of the WBSS tournament in the Junior-Welterweight division, and he will await the winner between England’s super-talent Josh Taylor, and IBF World Champion Ivan Baranchyk.