Regis Prograis Captures WBC Diamond Belt in Victory over Juan Jose Velasco
July 14, 2018
Anthony Saldana (98 articles)

Regis Prograis Captures WBC Diamond Belt in Victory over Juan Jose Velasco

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

It was a successful homecoming for the undefeated 29-year-old New Orleans native and WBC Interim Super Lightweight Champion Regis Prograis (22-0, 17 KO’S) as he entered the ring at the UNO Lakefront Arena, and defended his title against an unknown, previously undefeated fighter in Juan Jose Velasco (20-1, 12 KO’s). Prograis made his entrance to the ring accompanied by a New Orleans brass band, Mardi Gras dancers and an electric crowd that carried the young fighter to a very decisive victory. Prograis looked good as he calmly, slowly and methodically broke his opponents spirits with vicious body shots. Prograis dropped Velasco three times in the bout before the fight was finally called by Velasco’s corner who had seen enough of the beating that Prograis had put on their fighter. The bout was officially called at the 1:59 mark of the eighth round. Before the stoppage Prograis had used big combinations and heavy shots to the head of Velasco to setup his devastating body shots which dropped Velasco in the fifth and seventh rounds. And in a sad turn of events after the second knockdown, Velasco beat the count but looked at his corner and shaking his head indicating he didn’t want to fight, but for unknown reasons the fight carried on. Velasco went to the corner after the seventh round discouraged, but seemed  to be forced by his trainer to come out for the eighth round where he continued to take unnecessary punishment before his corner finally threw in the towel. “This dude came in, unknown, he’ll go down with being known,” stated Prograis after the fight. “He was one of my toughest fights. He kept getting back up. He was really strong. I pushed through. But I couldn’t lose in my hometown. It was super special. I want to thank everybody in New Orleans, the best city in the world for coming out to support. My goal is big-time boxing back to New Orleans. ESPN, we bringing it back.” With the victory Prograis captured the WBC Diamond Belt

In the Co-main event of the night the 20-year old undefeated lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez (10-0, 8 KO’s) dominated veteran William Silva (25-2, 12 KO’s) over six rounds before he too scored a stoppage win. Silva the native of Brazil seemed extremely confident and well prepared going into the fight, as the only loss of his career had came at the hands of Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo. Lopez however quickly left doubt in the mind of his opponent at his big shots hurt Silva early and often. It was at the end of the first as when Lopez caught Silva with a huge hook that had him tasting the canvas. Lopez continued to beat Silva up through the rest of the fight dropping him again in the fifth and sixth round before the fight was mercifully waived off by referee Bruce McDaniel. After the fight Lopez was asked his thoughts on the fight and he stated “It was a home run. Now it’s time to collect. It’s the beginning of the takeover, but now I just want to go home and cry, I lost my dog on Sunday, I love you Leo”



Anthony Saldana