Rick Mirigian Signals Money Will Determine If Arnold Barboza Faces Regis Prograis
Junior welterweight Arnold Barboza (28-0, 10KO) may finally get a title shot against two-time champion Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (28-1, 24KO). However, manager Rick Mirigain wants his fighter fairly compensated for taking the fight on short notice.
The boxing news has been circulating that Rougarou’s original challenger, Liam Paro, pulled out due to injury. Furthermore, British promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that Barboza is the leading candidate as a replacement.
It is funny how things have a way of working themselves out, at times. Mirigian had been trying to get the WBC champion’s attention to fight Barboza Jr before the WBO ordered a fight with Paro.
Mirigian accused the two-time champion of ducking the division after news hit that Rougarou signed with Matchroom Boxing. In that same tweet, he dropped a list of names, including Barboza’s that could get a big offer to fight the champion down the line.
Well, his fighter is first up in possibly getting the opportunity and the offer to go with it. Mirigian has received some pushback on social media for the tweet mentioning a fair offer to take the fight. However, he has a valid point considering Rougarou is a high caliber fighter that a challenger needs a full 6-8 week training camp to prepare for. Although the chance of becoming a world champion is attractive, the reality is a loss would push Barboza down in the rankings with the other sanctioning bodies as well.
3Kings Boxing will continue to monitor this situation and provide any further updates.