- Regis Prograis is heavily favored to defeat Kyril Relikh in his first world title match
- The Louisiana native will have a big home advantage fighting at the Cajundome
- Kyril Relikh is making his second defense of the belt
The boxing world has been alerted for some time to watch out for the rise of Regis Prograis. After the growing hype, he gets his chance to prove he could be the next big thing when he challenges for the WBA Junior-Welterweight title against champion Kiryl Relikh at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana on Saturday, April 27th.
The fight is also a semifinal in the popular World Boxing Super Series knockout tournament, with hard-hitting New Orleans native Prograis rated a wide favorite at -922.
Kyril Relikh vs Regis Prograis Odds
*Odds taken at 04/24/19
Belarusian Relikh is making his second defense of the belt but has two defeats on his 25-fight record and is quoted at +647 to win.
The undefeated Prograis, 30, is setting out on his quest to hit the heights comparatively late in life. This is his first world title date, but he insists he can emulate current pound-for–pound superstar Terence Crawford by unifying all four belts in the 140 lb. division.
What can you expect from Saturday's @WBSuperSeries semifinal between Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KOs) and Kiryl Relikh (23-2,19 KOs)? @RPrograis: "I might feel like going to war and putting him out." #AliTrophy pic.twitter.com/SAhnI5YbQe
— Karen Loftus (@WFLAKaren) April 24, 2019
Relikh vs Prograis Tale of the Tape
Prograis is No. 1 in His Weight Bracket
The Ring magazine rank him as number one performer in the weight bracket. He is noted for his busy, fluid, and energetic advancing style as well as his power, which has delivered him 19 KOs on his way to 23 straight victories.
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Regis Prograis challenges Kiryl Relikh for the WBA World super lightweight title this weekend whilst Nonito Donaire faces Zolani Tete in a WBA/WBO unification bout… ?
— Boxing Social (@boxing_social) April 24, 2019
Prograis scored a hugely one-sided points win over England’s former WBO Lightweight world champion and WBO Junior-Welterweight challenger Terry Flanagan.
He currently holds the WBC Interim “Diamond” title which he won with an impressive second round stoppage of the former unified champion in the division, Julius Indongo of Namibia in March 2018.
That fight was a quarterfinal in the WBSS tournament. The victor in the semi-final between Prograis and Relikh will progress to the final to take on the winner of the May 18th clash in Glasgow, Scotland between Josh Taylor and Ivan Baranchyk.
Regis “Rougarou” Prograis @RPrograis vies for the @WBABoxing 140lb championship against Kiryl Relikh THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 27, at Lafayette, Louisiana’s @cajundome.#beltsontheline #wolfpack #regisprograis #rougarou#prograisrelikh @bennyfloats @WBSuperSeries pic.twitter.com/D7TcfdssDM
— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) April 23, 2019
Prior to that, Prograis delivered an eighth round stoppage of the previously undefeated Argentinian Juan Jose Velasco in New Orleans in July 2018. This was the victory which acquired the WBC Diamond belt for Prograis and which made the sport aware that a new prospect was rising towards the top.
He had also made the Olympic trails after compiling an amateur record of 87 wins and seven defeats before turning professional in 2012.
Relikh Has Impressive Amateur Pedigree
Relikh, 29, put together a record of 21 straight wins for his first world title challenge for the WBO junior-welterweight belt against Scotland’s Ricky Burns.
Relikh, 29, put together a record of 21 straight wins for his first world title challenge.
The Belarusian also controversially lost his subsequent contest when he was defeated in the same way over 12 rounds against Cuban Rances Barthelemy
But he lost a unanimous points decision in Glasgow in October, 2016.
New interview! Kicking off a big week of @WBSuperSeries semi final coverage @Boxianajournal speaks to WBA super lightweight champion Kiryl Relikh who promises @RPrograis he is in for a surprise this weekend … https://t.co/WVuu5EU1Ln @SauerlandBros @WarriorsBoxProm
— Boxing Monthly (@BoxingMonthlyED) April 23, 2019
Things finally looked up when he won a re-match against Barthelemy – by the same unanimous points verdict – in a re-match for the vacant WBA title in San Antonio, Texas in March 2018.
In his latest fight, he defeated the Russian former IBF Junior-Welterweight world champion Edouard Troyanovsky by a unanimous decision in Yokohoma, Japan in October 2018. It was Relikh’s first defense of the WBA belt as well as a quarterfinal in the WBSS knockout tournament competition.
Pick: Regis Prograis (-922)