By Michael Shepherd – Regis Prograis and Julius Indongo fight Friday, March 9th at Deadwood Mountain Grand, South Dakota for the WBC World Super Lightweight Title.
Regis Prograis enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Prograis’ fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a June win over Joel Diaz Jr. Prograis has been quietly climbing up the super lightweight rankings over the years and now has a chance to prove himself on the big stage against his best opponent yet.
Prograis is a lengthy, rangy southpaw at 5’8” with a 67-inch reach and is 29 years old, he uses that size to pressure his opponent and execute his jab, usually overwhelming his opponents until they break down. When Prograis has his opponent in trouble or boxed in on the ropes, this is when he unleashes powerful combinations, and he’s now produced stoppages in each of his last five fights. However, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Prograis in the ring, so there are obvious concerns about some ring rust for the still young fighter.
Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo enters this fight with a 22-1 record that includes 11 knockouts, he is a 2008 Namibian Olympian and former unified 140-pound world titleholder.
He lost both of his belts by third-round knockout to Terence Crawford in their undisputed title world championship fight on August 19th. Indongo is a tall super lightweight standing at 5’10 with a 71-inch reach.
Indongo likes to take fighters out of their element with his unique style and punching angles.
Indongo was a late replacement for Viktor Postol who suffered a fractured thumb in training.