By Allan Fox: Adrien Broner posted on social media today, saying that WBC light welterweight champion Regis’ Prograis’ twelve round split decision was a “gift” over Danielito Zorrilla (17-2, 13 KOs) last Saturday night in New Orleans.
Prograis got the decision over Zorrilla by the surprisingly lopsided scores of 117-110 and 118-110, while the third judge had the challenger winning 114-113.
Prograis looked helpless when the taller, longer-armed Zorrilla was on the outside, landing jabs and long right hands down the pipe. With his T-Rex arms, Prograis couldn’t reach Zorrill with his jabs, which hit the air all night long.
The Prograis vs. Zorrilla results of their contest left a lot of boxing fans unhappy, as they felt that it was a robbery with the challenger getting the business by two of the judges that gave the hometown fighter Regis the win.
The former four-division world champion Broner (35-4-1, 24 KOs) says he’s glad that Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs) kept his WBC 140-lb title and wants to challenge him next for the belt.
Prograis had recently talked about possibly facing Broner next in the build-up to his title defense against the surprisingly good Zorrilla. Still, after the contest, which was a questionable twelve round split decision, he failed to mention AB’s name.
The fighters Prograis did mention were Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez. Of those two, Haney would have a greater chance of happening. Prograis’ promoter Eddie Hearn ruled out a fight with the 33-year-old Broner next, calling him “Unreliable.”
“I’m happy you got that gift last night and you kept your belt. Now it’s time to get it on. See you soon, my boy; go sharpen that sh*t up. I’m on yo a **-like back pockets. I’M GO F*** YOU UP!#SoonToBe5x” said Adrien Broner on Instagram, reacting to Regis Prograis’ win over Danielito Zorrilla.
Broner looked sharp in his comeback win earlier this month, beating Bill Hutchinson by a 10 round unanimous decision, showing skills that had been dormant for a decade. The way that Broner performed, you’d have to give him a real chance of beating the 34-year-old Prograis, who is one year older than him.
“I love Broner. I think he’s great, but I also think he’s a little bit unreliable,” said British promoter Eddie Hearn at the post-fight press conference last night when asked about the possibility of matching Prograis against former four-division world champion Adrien Broner next.
“When you talk about legacy, I don’t think that’s a legacy fight. I know Regis is chasing legacy as well as unifications. Broner is a big name, but he’s the boss. Regis is the boss. We’ll be providing him with options, and he’ll let us know which ones he wants,” said Hearn.