Regis Prograis would be shocked if Mikey Garcia is not the next fight
Clearly former world super lightweight champion Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (26-1, 22 KO’s) is searching for his next bout. In recent weeks he has done a number of interviews saying as much. When standing in front of a recording camera the New Orleans native has regularly thrown out the names of Adrien Broner, Gervonta Davis and Mikey Garcia (40-1, 30 KO’s). In the end however, it appears that Garcia is in the lead, by far. For various reasons, Prograis has zero faith that prizefights with Broner or Davis will materialize.
Luckily for him, Garcia has publicly shown his interest in a showdown with the Rougarou. Directly due to this mutual interest, Prograis, as he told Boxing Social, feels the four-division champion should be his next opponent.
“That’d be a fucking huge fight! That’s the one that I want now, that’s the one that I want next. That’s the biggest fight at 140 that we can make, so that is definitely the one that I want. That’s the one that I told my manager to get on it. Hopefully they can make this happen. That’s the number one plan that I want, I want to fight Mikey.”
“For me, it should be no reason that the fight doesn’t happen because I want the fight, he wants the fight, my side wants the fight, his side wants the fight. I talked to his brother on Facetime, he wants the fight. Eddie [Hearn], I think Eddie is interested in the fight. So listen, if all those sides want the fight, what is the reason why the fight doesn’t happen? It shouldn’t be no reason why the fight doesn’t happen, so hopefully they can make that happen next!”
A dustup between Garcia and Prograis is a wonderful and meaningful match up. Prograis is two wins removed from his sole professional loss, while Garcia is one win away from his. Even though both are back in the win column, neither has tackled a top tier opponent since their mutual defeats. If one could claim the scalp of the other however, that would no longer be the case.
On the outside looking in, Rougarou could have a slight advantage being that he has been campaigning at super lightweight for some time. When last in the ring, and for his past few fights, Garcia has made a home at welterweight. Only time will tell if dropping the additional pounds to make 140 would mute his performance. Ideally Garcia would make the limit without any adverse effects so that both men would fight at their best.
Yet, before he can really speculate too hard about all the particulars, the fight has to be signed first. So let’s wait and see how the business dealings unfold.
By: Bakari Simpson