Prograis: “I’m Not Interested; A Rolly Fight Will Look Bad On Me!”

Prograis Believes A Rolly Fight Damages His Reputation

Regis Prograis disinterested in facing Rolly Romero
Regis Prograis (L), Rolando Romero | credit: Getty Images

Regis Prograis Has No Interest In Fighting Rolly Romero

All too often, the boxing world is fractured into splintered groups constantly arguing different angles of the same thing. Such was recently the case when undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney fought and beat Vasiliy Lomachenko. Immediately insiders and fans clashed over the matter of who the rightful victor was, This was the polar opposite when, in his last match, WBA super lightweight champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero (15-1, 13 KO’s) defeated Ismael Barroso. Among those crying foul is WBC super lightweight champion Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (28-1, 24 KO’s).

Prograis minced zero words when sharing his thoughts on the prizefight with Mill City Boxing.

“Oh yeah, that was terrible bro! That was horrible, he let that old man beat on his ass! That old man dropped him and was whooping his ass and then they literally just stopped the fight when nothing was happening!”


Going a step further, Prograis trashed the idea of even wanting to face off with Romero. This is actually a meaty statement considering a match against Rolando Romero would stand as a unification bout. Even still, Rougarou felt gloving up to dance with Rolly would only sully his reputation.

“I am not interested in that, bro. A Rolly fight – I am not interested in at all. If it’s for good money and a belt, yeah, but I think that will make me look bad! I want to fight people who are actually good! You know, [Subriel] Matias, Josh Taylor, Devin Haney, Teofimo [Lopez], that’s the people I want. Ryan Garcia – somebody like that. I know people are like, ‘that’s an easy title to get’, but I don’t want to fight Rolly! I just think that would look bad on me.”

This sentiment is not overly surprising though. His fellow boxers have derided Romero’s skillset for as long as he has been a fixture in mainstream media. This combined with Prograis’s lust to test himself against the best available opposition makes Rougarou snubbing Rolly easy math to calculate. Yet, before Prograis can do any real thinking about Romero, good or bad, he must first take care of business on June 17 versus Danielito Zorrilla.

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