By Tré Berry III🖋️
Acclaimed boxer 🇺🇸Regis Prograis (24-0-0, 20KO👊) comes into Saturday’s October 26th contest with Josh Taylor as the #1 Seed in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS), and as the WBA Junior-Welterweight Champion. On the line here is the vacant ♛RING-MAGAZINE Junior-Welterweight Championship belt, and the 🏆Muhammad Ali Trophy to crown the winner of this tournament. With everything on the line, we would like to take a scope into Prograis journey to the sport. Here is a few interesting factoids about the prizefighter from New Orleans…
Prograis started boxing at the age of 17 after his High School football Coach informed him that he may not have a path in football…however may have a future in boxing after hearing of his hand skills throughout fights he used to get in, and around school premises. Prograis went on and took his Coaches advice, however shortly after, the pending devastation that Hurricane Katrina was threatening to cause forced Prograis and his family to flee one day before the hurricane officially hit on grounds. He and his family relocated to Houston, Texas. While in Houston, Prograis came across the famed Savannah Boxing Gym, and from that point forward, his life would dramatically change. From there, he would go on to meet the 🇺🇸Jermell Charlo & 🇺🇸Jermall Charlo during their adolescence. He would also meet established boxers and legends like ♛ 🇺🇸Evander Holyfield, which spearheaded his introduction to the sport of boxing. Prograis while honing his craft took his lumps along the way, and learned from them, constantly getting better and forging him into the man, and the fighter that we all see today.
Looking at him today, I would argue that Prograis has the best nickname in boxing today, that nickname being “Rougarou”. The Rougarou is a monster in legendary folklore that roams the woodlands and swamps of New Orleans, and throughout Louisiana. The monster is largely depicted as having a humanoid body, with a wolfs head attached to it. The style that Regis Prograis fights in gives credence to the nickname, and he honors that moniker by always arriving in a wolf’s head costume as he makes his walk to the ring.
Regis Prograis is far more than just guts, determination, resilience and talent, he is also a very introspective individual. During a recent interview, he has revealed that he idolized Mike Tyson as a boxer, and you can see a little bit of the influence when you do a study on Prograis approach. He also stated that there wee 3 people he would love to bring back to life just to speak to for a day. The first of them was 👑🥇🇺🇸Muhammad Ali, and he would ask him how did he personally cope with live lived during his years in boxing. The second one revealed was 🗣️Malcolm X, and he would ask him about the events of his times back during the civil rights movement, and to ask him what could be done better today to get closer to the vision he had cast out for the African American community. The 3rd person, he referenced any relative 3 – 4 generations removed, just to see and get a feel of their similarities, so he can get a better understanding of his family and heritage. Through it all, you can tell that Prograis is a thinker, but you have to strike up an interesting enough conversation to get it out of him.
All things factored in, enduring a long journey, he now has a golden opportunity in front of him to get to the top of the heap in the Junior-Welterweight division, and will look to continue his story in the form of glory as he tries to chase greatness. Win or lose, his story in continuance is an interesting one, and one to pay attention to as he continues to write his story.