Regis Prograis Opens Up About His Desire For A Rematch Against Josh Taylor
Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) makes a return to the top of the junior welterweight division! On November 26, the New Orleans native stopped top-contender Jose Zepeda in eleven rounds to win the vacant WBC junior welterweight title. Now a two-time champion, does Prograis have eyes on gaining a rematch against former undisputed champ Josh Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs)? The man who gave him his only loss as a pro?
MORE THAN READY TO RUN IT BACK
During the post-fight press conference after his win over Zepeda, the media asked Prograis about Taylor, who is the reigning WBO junior welterweight champ. According to Rougarou, the fire inside him rages for a rematch.
“I want my get-back more than anything. But I feel like right now I’m the man in the division. So, I do want to fight him again. But I do feel like I’m better than him, but we’ll see what happens […] If the fight presents itself, I’ll definitely beat him for sure.”
In the finals of WBSS (World Boxing Super Series) junior welterweight tournament, Taylor defeated Prograis by a majority decision in October 2019. To this day, Prograis feels the decision should have gone his way.
WHAT STANDS IN THE WAY?
But what is the likelihood of them fighting again? For Prograis, next up is a possible defense against former unified champ Jose Ramirez. Should he win, he is obligated to face the winner of a December 10 WBC eliminator between Teofimo Lopez and Sandor Marin.
As for Taylor, he will fight a rematch against Jack Catterall in February 2023. Beyond that, his future in the division is up in the air. Win or lose, the expectation is that he plans to move up to welterweight.
Prograis vs Taylor was one of the best fights of 2019. But as badly as Rougarou wants another shot at him, the likelihood of it happening seems to be wishful hope than an impending reality.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.