Prograis On Lopez: “There’s A Lot Of Dogs At 140 Right Now!”

Regis Prograis: "It's A Different Division! Bigger Men, Stronger Fighters!"

Collage of Regis Prograis, Teofimo Lopez, Jose Ramirez, Jose Zepeda and Jack Catterall
Regis Prograis | Teofimo Lopez (Credit: Triller) | Jose Ramirez (Credit: Top Rank) | Jose Zepeda (Credit: Top Rank) | Jack Catterall (Credit: Top Rank)

Regis Prograis Doesn’t Know if Teofimo Lopez Can Make the Cut at 140


One-time super lightweight champion Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (27-1, 23 KO’s) has long expressed his dedication to remain in the division. According to the Louisiana native, he is on a mission to reclaim a title there. Rougarou lost his WBA strap to Josh Taylor back on October 2019.

So now Prograis (33), will not leave until he has captured another title and proven his dominance over the weight class. Feeling though he is merely an uncrowned king, Rougarou keeps a watchful eye on the nearest competition. This even true when one-time big fish and former unified lightweight champion Teofimo “Take Over” Lopez (16-1, 12 KO’s) decided to make his entrance into the division.

YOU TOO LITTLE, KID!

In the past, Prograis has gone on record saying that he would embrace a contract to pit him against Lopez in the ring. Even now, he is still open to the notion. There is no doubt that he has great admiration for the younger fighter, he is on record singing his praises as well. Yet, no matter how good he was in the past, Rougarou has real doubt that Take Over is going to be able to handle the firepower in the new division as explained to Fight Hype.

“I always thought that Teofimo Lopez really had the goods, but it’s a different weight class. It’s bigger men, stronger fighters, so now it’s about seeing what he can do at 140. I don t know if he can take the dog here, it’s a lot of dogs at 140 right now!”

For the sake of Team Lopez, let’s hope that the rough-knuckled boxer is 100% back in the saddle. For better or worse, Take Over will return to the ring on August 13 and show the world what he’s got left. Yet, it seems like Teofimo Lopez must feel at least a twinge of what Prograis is talking about. If he is not, then why take on such an obscure adversary? Who knows? Luckily, however, the brutal arena of the boxing ring will grind the truth out of each competitor…for better, or worse.

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