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Regis Prograis angry at Broner for not saying his name after comeback win

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By Adam Baskin: WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis was angry that Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (35-4-1, 24 KOs) didn’t call him out by name during the post-fight interview on Friday night after winning his comeback fight by a 10 round unanimous decision over Bill Hutchinson (20-3-4, 9 KOs) at the Miami Casino in Miami, Florida.

The only names that Broner, 33, mentioned during the post-fight interview were Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero, Teofimo Lopez, and Josh Taylor. Although Broner did say he wanted to fight for the WBC title, he left out Prograis’ name.

Prograis made it known that he wants to fight Broner next after he defends next week against Danielito Zorrilla on June 17th in New Orleans. He says he hopes the WBC makes Broner his mandatory.

If Broner has the opportunity of fighting Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, or the Teofimo Lopez vs. Josh Taylor winner, he’ll go in that direction rather than fighting Prograis.

Broner looked good for someone that had been out of the ring for close to three years, showing the speed, power, and boxing ability that he’s always had.

The only notable difference between this fight compared to Broner’s past was that was carrying a little extra weight. With a longer training camp, Broner would have made it down to 140, and he would have been even better.

The judges’ scores:

  • 100-90
  • 99-91
  • 99-91

Broner picked Hutchinson apart, raking him with shots and blocking his return fire expertly. In the championship rounds, Hutchinson went on the attack and left a lot of opening for Broner to counter him.

If Broner was a little leaner and in better shape, he would have knocked Hutchinson out. In fairness to Broner, if boxing fans saw what he looked like when he started camp, they would understand why he was still carrying around some extra weight.

It would be interesting to see Broner challenge Prograis for his WBC title if given the chance, but again, AB isn’t going to go in that direction if he has the opportunity to fight one of the bigger names in the 140-lb division.

“That’s right. I want the WBC. I love the WBC. It’s green, baby,” said Broner during the post-fight interview after beating Hutchinson last Friday night.

Broner’s promoter Don King said after the fight that he would be ready to sit down with Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss setting up a fight. Ryan Garcia is obviously who King has in mind for Broner.

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