Regis Prograis wants to KO Adrien Broner on Triller
By Jim Maltzman: Highly talented former WBA light welterweight champion Regis ‘Rougarou’ Prograis is on a mission to become the first person to knock out Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner.
It’s not about just beating the former four-division world champion Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs), says Prograis (26-1, 22 KOs). It’s more about becoming the first person to KO the durable steel-chinned 31-year-old Broner.
Adrien said this week that he’s interested in fighting on Triller in his next match-up. With Triller putting on faded older fighters on their platform and helping to reinvent their careers, Broner could find the perfect home with them.
Whether it’s a good idea for Broner to face a relevant top 140-pound fighter like Prograis is debatable. Of Triller does choose to sign Broner, feeding him to Prograis probably isn’t a good idea.
Broner no longer has the kind of talent that would allow him to be competitive with a fighter in the class of Prograis. Additionally, you can make a strong argument that AB would NEVER have beaten a guy in his class even when he was younger.
Prograis looked impressive last Saturday, stopping the always tough Ivan Redkach (23-6-1, 18 KOs) in the sixth round in the co-feature bout on the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren card on Triller pay-per-view at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta.
The Prograis-Redkach fight was initially ruled as a sixth-round technical decision win for Prograis after the referee Jim Korb mistakenly thought Redkach had been accidentally fouled with a low blow.
Redkach was too hurt to continue fighting after being hit with a body shot by Prograis in the sixth. However, the fight was later changed to a TKO victory for Prograis.
Prograis wants Broner next on Triller
“Broner heard what money thriller is paying, and he said he wants to fight on thriller next,” said Prograis to the DAZN Boxing Show. “Who is better to fight Broner than me?
“If it’s not the next fight, then it’s the one right after that. I really think me and Broner should be the next fight right back on Thriller.
“That’s a huge fight. Even in and out of the ring, that’s going to be a big event. I would try. I already know I can beat him.
“Me going into training camp, it won’t be to beat Adrien Broner,” said Prograis. My whole training camp, my mind would be, ‘I want to stop him,'” said Prograis.
Broner has shown himself capable of soaking up tremendous punishment in losses to Manny Pacquiao, Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, and Mikey Garcia.
What we saw of Broner in his last fight against little-known 2nd tier light welterweight Jovanie Santiago, he probably won’t go the 12 round distance with the southpaw Prograis. Broner showed the classic signs of being a shot fighter against Santiago.
As a result, it wasn’t surprising that Showtime didn’t include Broner’s name in their recent nine-fight schedule for 2021. Broner had been openly pushing Showtime to get a date for him to fight, but nothing has come of that.
You have to wonder whether Showtime has decided to phase Broner out and focus on relevant fighters that are still capable of fighting at a high level. What we’ve seen from Broner in the last five years of his career, he’s no longer capable of beating the best or even being competitive.
Regis wants to be the first to stop Adrien
“There’s no question that I can beat him,” said Prograis of Broner. “I don’t even think like that. “I definitely know for sure that I can beat Adrien Broner.
“For me, it’s about stopping him. I would definitely want to be the first person to do it. Adrien Broner is tough. With [Marcos] Maidana, he got his a** whooped with Maidana.
“He stood for 12 rounds like a man. he fought Manny Pacquiao, he fought Jessie Vargas, he fought Shawn Porter, and he’s fought a lot of people.
I think he’s tough. For me, if I went into training camp, that would be my main focus to stop Adrien Broner,” said Prograis.
It will be surprising if Broner can stay in there for 12 rounds against a puncher like Prograis without getting stopped. But at least he’d get a nice payday.
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