Get set for Prograis at a rapid rate

Irish Daily Mirror - - IRISH DAILY MIRROR - BARRY MCGUIGAN Fol­low Barry on Twit­ter at @Clonescy­clone @Mcguigan­s_gym @Cy­clonepromo

REGIS PROGRAIS is a throw­back. He comes for­ward and walks you down like the Amer­i­can pugs of yes­ter­year.

Prograis is ranked No.1 in the su­per light­weight di­vi­sion by Ring Magazine and ESPN.

I’d pay to watch him any day, but will be pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion tonight when he takes on un­de­feated Juan Jose Ve­lasco for the WBC su­per-light­weight in­terim crown.

More im­por­tant than the strap, the win­ner gains en­try into the World Box­ing Su­per Series 140-pound com­pe­ti­tion start­ing in Septem­ber.

Ve­lasco is a tidy fighter but not in the class of Prograis, who has knock­out power in ei­ther hand and loves a tear-up.

This puts him right in the wheel­house of Josh Tay­lor, who is al­ready an­nounced for the tour­na­ment and ready to fight any­body. If you are the best, as I be­lieve Tay­lor is at su­per-light­weight, you have to be pre­pared to take on all-com­ers.

Not with­out jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, they call Prograis the Rougarou, which means were­wolf in the Ca­jun French of New Or­leans, where he started life be­fore mov­ing to Texas af­ter the havoc caused by Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina 13 years ago.

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