Update On Regis Prograis’ Boxing Status
With a canceled bout forcing him to wait for an opponent, Regis Prograis is looking to make a significant move within his camp.
Prograis (24-1), the former WBA Light Welterweight Champion, is parting ways with Lou DiBella and DiBella Entertainment. Mike Coppinger of The Athletic was the first to report the split was amicable, as the two will negotiate a separation agreement. Prograis, with one fight left on his current deal, would end up telling SI’s Chris Mannix:
“First off I just want to say thank you to Lou DiBella and the whole DBE promotional company. Lou took a chance with me when nobody else wanted me. I built a name for myself in the boxing world and won my first world championship with Lou DiBella will always be like family to me. But now the time had come for us to part ways. I’m excited to see what’s in store for my future in this next part of my career.”
Prograis turned professional in 2012. “Rougarou” is a former NABF Light-Welterweight Champion and beat Julius Indongo for the vacant interim WBC Light-Welterweight Title. He would win the WBA Light-Welterweight Title against Kiryl Relikh in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series Super-Lightweight tournament. Beating both Terry Flanagan and Relikh, Prograis’ last fight was in October, losing to Josh Taylor in the finals.
Prograis was supposed to face off against Maurice Hooker on April 17. The bout was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a makeup date planned for a date to be determined. Hooker, however, expressed a desire to move up to welterweight, and Prograis was not interested in moving up in weight.
A bidding war is expected between Showtime, ESPN, DAZN, and FOX (Top Rank, Showtime, Matchroom, PBC, etc.) for the rights to Prograis. Meanwhile, Boxing Scene is reporting that DiBella will receive financial compensation. DiBella had nothing but nice things to say about Prograis despite the split.