TwitterFacebook

Another fight night in New Orleans: Regis Prograis vs. Terry Flanagan

Press Release

The article that you're about to read is an official announcement issued to Ring News 24 to publish as a press release.

KO Boxing Forum

After Regis Prograis’ successful defense of his WBA interim super lightweight championship at Lakefront Arena in July, he emphasized his desire to continue bringing big-time boxing back to his native New Orleans.

He’s getting his wish.

Prograis will meet Terry Flanagan of England on Oct. 27 in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series, again at Lakefront.

See Also

The official announcement was Thursday. Tickets, starting at $30, go on sale Friday though TicketMaster.com and at the arena box office.

“I’m very excited to fight again at home,” said Prograis, who now lives and trains out of Houston. “The people in New Orleans have been my biggest supporters, said Prograis, who now lives and trains out of Houston. “This is not just for me, but for the city and the other fighters from Louisiana who are going to be on the card.

“This is not just on the national stage, but the world stage. October 27 will be a very special night.”

Prograis (22-0, 19-0 KOs) is the top seed in the eight-man, single-elimination tournament. WBSS, based in Switzerland, is also staging bantamweight and cruiserweight tournaments, all three of which will culminate in championship fights for the Ali Cup in 2019.

Flanagan (33-1, 13 KOs) is a former lightweight champion who lost a split decision to Maurice Hooker in June for the WBO 140-pound title in his first defeat.

“Flanagan’s tough and rugged,” Prograis said. “He’s going to come to fight. I want to fight the best people I can fight, and he (is) definitely that.”

The Prograis-Flanagan card will include another WBSS quarterfinal, which could be a super lightweight bout or in one of the other divisions. It is expected to be announced shortly.

It also will include two undercard bouts featuring fighters who can step up if one of the main-events fighters is injured.

“That’s a good thing about the World Boxing Super Series,” Prograis said. “It’s going to be totally different from what people are used to. The last one was nice, but this is going to be a way better show. The way they lay out (the) show is something special.”

One of the other super lightweight quarterfinals, WBA titleholder Kiryl Relikh (22-2) of Belarus against Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1) of Russia, will be Oct. 7 in Yokohama, Japan.

The other 140-pound quarterfinal bouts are WBC silver title holder Josh Taylor (13-0) of Scotland against American Ryan Martin (22-0) and IBF titleholder Ivan Baranchyk (18-0) of Belarus against Anthony Yigit (20-0) of Sweden.

The WBSS also announced Thursday that one of the other six quarterfinal doubleheaders will be Oct. 20 in Orlando, Florida, featuring bantamweights Emmanuel Rodriguez and Jason Maloney and cruiserweights Yunier Dorticos and Mateusz Masternak.

An Oct. 13 card will happen in Ekaterinburg, Russia, featuring bantamweight titlist Zolani Tete of South Africa defending his belt against Russia’s Mikhael Aloyan.

The other quarterfinal doubleheaders will be Nov. 3 and Nov. 10.

Leo Margules, president of Warriors Boxing & Promotions, which is handling the U.S. portions of the tournaments, said staging the Prograis-Flanagan fight in New Orleans was an easy decision.

“Regis is a superstar,” he said. “He not only has great boxing skills, but is also a real personality with tremendous charisma. He’s proven that he can draw fans and as the No. 1 seed in the tournament deserve this.”

Prograis’ last fight, an eighth-round knockout of Juan Jose Velasco, was also at Lakefront Arena. It drew an announced crowd of 3,612.

“That was big,” Prograis said. “But this is bigger. We need the whole city to come out and get triple the amount of people that were there last time.”

After taking some time off following his last fight, Prograis recently resumed training, only in Los Angeles instead of Houston.

Should Prograis defeat Flanagan, his semifinal bout would likely be in New Orleans sometime early next year.

Prograis, 29, has said that after the tournament he hopes to meet WBA 140-pound co-champion Jose Ramirez, who is defending his belt against Antonio Orozco on Sept. 14 and is not participating in the tournament.

Prograis added he then plans to move on to challenge welterweight titleholder Terrence Crawford, generally considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

“It’s all there for Regis,” said Margules, a Tulane graduate who has promoted boxing for more than 30 years. “He’s just got to keep winning. This tournament is a step up for him. But he’s got the ability and desire to do it.”

by Ted Lewis

Read more articles about:

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Jason Moloney relishing role as underdog ahead of Naoya Inoue…

Jason Moloney relishing role as underdog ahead of Naoya Inoue clash

Bantamweight contender Jason ‘Mayhem’ Moloney 21-1 (18) is up for the fight of his life when he faces WBA and IBF champion Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue 19-0 (16) at ‘The Bubble’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night. But the 29-year-old…

Tim Tszyu ready for ring return against Bowyn Morgan in…

Tim Tszyu ready for ring return against Bowyn Morgan in December

World-rated junior middleweight Tim Tszyu 16-0 (12) will return to the ring a week before Christmas when he takes on once-beaten New Zealander Bowyn Morgan 21-1 (11) at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, Australia on December 16. The 25-year-old Australi…

Lee Selby says size won't be an issue against George…

Lee Selby says size won't be an issue against George Kambosos Jr

Former IBF featherweight champion ‘Lightning’ Lee Selby 28-2 (9) insists size won’t be an issue when he faces George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr 18-0 (10) in an IBF lightweight title eliminator at the SSE Arena in London on Saturday night. “It’s a big…

Eddie Hearn wants Dereck Chisora to be elevated to number…

Eddie Hearn wants Dereck Chisora to be elevated to number one if he beat Oleksandr Usyk

Promoter Eddie Hearn wants to see Dereck Chisora elevated to the number one position in the WBO if he gets past current leading contender Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night. The heavyweight duo will meet at Wembley Arena in London on Saturday night.…

Joseph Parker enters camp for Junior Fa bout in December

Joseph Parker enters camp for Junior Fa bout in December

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker 27-2 (21) will need to overcome the longest layoff of his career when he faces domestic rival Junior Fa 19-0 (10) at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on December 11. The 28-year-old Kiwi was last i…

Oleksandr Usyk ready to be tested by Dereck Chisora

Oleksandr Usyk ready to be tested by Dereck Chisora

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes Dereck Chisora 39-9 (23) is the perfect opponent for Oleksandr Usyk 17-0 (13) to prove he belongs at heavyweight. The 33-year-old Ukrainian southpaw will be having his second outing in the blue riband division after u…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US