Regis Prograis (born January 24, 1989) is an American professional boxer. He held the WBA light welterweight title in 2019 and the WBC interim light welterweight title in 2018. As of February 2021, he is ranked as the world's third best active light welterweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, second best by The Ring magazine and fourth best by BoxRec. Prograis currently has an 83.3% knockout-to-win ratio.
Prograis chose his nickname, "Rougarou", Louisiana French for 'werewolf', to pay homage to his grandfather, who is of Native American descent.
Prograis is of Louisiana Creole descent and originally from New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina forced him to relocate in 2005 to Houston, Texas, where he began training at Savannah Boxing Club alongside Evander Holyfield which was a key factor in motivating him to take boxing seriously. He went on to build a remarkable 87-7 amateur record. As an amateur, Prograis was ranked #4 in the United States, the 2009 Ringside World Champion, 2010 HORN National Champion, won regional Golden Gloves and competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials before turning professional in 2012.
Since turning professional, Prograis has fought at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on the undercard of the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter fight, which was the first primetime boxing event televised on CBS in over 40 years. In 2015, he was recognized by ESPN as a Prospect of the Year candidate. USA Today and Yahoo Sports has recognized Prograis as a legitimate world title contender. Regis is represented by the boxing promoter Lou DiBella.
On 27 October, 2018, Prograis faced Terry Flanagan as a part of the World Boxing Super Series super lightweight quarter-final. Prograis dominated Flanagan for most of the fight and managed to send him to the canvas once in the eighth round. All three judges saw it in favor of Prograis, scoring the fight 119-108, 118-109 and 117-110.
As a part of the WBSS super lightweight semi-finals, Prograis faced Kiryl Relikh, ranked no. 4 at super lightweight by The Ring, for his WBA super lightweight title. Prograis had a great performance, defeating and stopping Relikh in the sixth round, to win his first world title.
In the final, Prograis was slated to face IBF world super lightweight and The Ring super lightweight champion Josh Taylor. Predictions before the fight were split, since both fighters had an unmblemished record as pros, were world champions and the top of their game. The fight lived up to the expectations, as both fighters fought masterfully over twelve rounds, and the win could have gone either way. The judges ultimately scored it 117-112 and 115-113 in favour of Taylor, and one judge had it a draw, 114-114.
On 31 Ocobter, 2020, Prograis had his first comeback fight against Juan Heraldez. Prograis dominated his opponent and managed to finish him in the third round, with 1:23 left on the clock.
Professional boxing record
|27 fights||26 wins||1 loss|
|27||Win||26–1||Ivan Redkach||TD||6 (10), 1:21||Apr 17, 2021||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|26||Win||25–1||Juan Heraldez||TKO||3 (10), 1:23||Oct 31, 2020||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|25||Loss||24–1||Josh Taylor||MD||12||Oct 26, 2019||The O2 Arena, London, England||Lost WBA (Super) light welterweight title;|
For IBF and vacant The Ring light welterweight titles;
World Boxing Super Series: Super lightweight final
|24||Win||24–0||Kiryl Relikh||TKO||6 (12), 1:36||Apr 27, 2019||Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.||Won WBA light welterweight title;|
World Boxing Super Series: Super lightweight semi-final
|23||Win||23–0||Terry Flanagan||UD||12||Oct 27, 2018||Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.||World Boxing Super Series: Super lightweight quarter-final|
|22||Win||22–0||Juan Jose Velasco||TKO||8 (12), 1:59||Jul 14, 2018||Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Julius Indongo||TKO||2 (12), 2:54||Mar 9, 2018||Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, South Dakota, U.S.||Won vacant WBC interim light welterweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Joel Díaz Jr||TKO||2 (10), 2:55||Jun 9, 2017||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.||Retained NABF light welterweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Wilfredo Buelcas||KO||1 (10), 2:07||Feb 11, 2017||Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.||Retained NABF light welterweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Luis Eduardo Florez||TKO||4 (10), 1:47||Jun 25, 2016||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBC-NABF light welterweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Aaron Herrera||KO||1 (10), 2:17||Mar 25, 2016||Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Abel Ramos||RTD||8 (10), 3:00||Dec 11, 2015||Bayou Event Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant NABF Junior light welterweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Amos Cowart||UD||8||Aug 7, 2015||Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Abraham Alvarez||TKO||1 (6), 1:28||Apr 17, 2015||Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Héctor Velázquez||TKO||5 (8), 2:59||Jan 9, 2015||Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Jeff Humphries||KO||1 (6), 1:43||Nov 6, 2014||Evangeline Downs, Opelousas, Louisiana, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Mario Hermosillo||TKO||4 (6), 1:24||Oct 8, 2014||Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Marteze Logan||TKO||2 (4), 0:31||Jun 27, 2014||Houston Athletic Fencing Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Aaron Anderson||TKO||5 (6)||Jun 7, 2014||Jackson County Civic Centre, Pascagoula, Mississippi, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Felipe Reyes||TKO||6 (6), 2:45||Apr 24, 2014||Anatole Hotel, Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Miguel Alvarez||TKO||3 (4), 2:59||Nov 30, 2013||Belle of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||James Harrison||UD||6||Oct 3, 2013||Gretna Heritage Festival, Gretna, Louisiana, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Adauto Gonzalez||UD||4||Jun 6, 2013||Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||David Green||TKO||2 (4), 2:59||Jan 10, 2013||Bayou Event Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Anthony Little||TKO||2 (4), 2:19||Nov 30, 2012||Hurst Conference Centre, Hurst, Texas, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Aaron Anderson||KO||4 (4) 2:20||Aug 25, 2012||Charles T. Doyle Convention Center, Texas City, Texas, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Carl Almirol||KO||1 (4), 2:01||Apr 28, 2012||The Royal Palace, Houston, Texas, U.S.|