Prograis & Donaire Advance To The WBSS Finals
Regis Prograis and Nonito Donaire both produced masterclass
performances to reach the finals of the World Boxing Super
Series where the Ali Trophy awaits the winners.
Prograis, the unbeaten southpaw boxer from New Orleans and
super- lightweight bracket No. 1 top seed picked up the
first big title, the WBA belt, when he scored a six round
stoppage over Kiryl Relikh of Belarus in their WBSS
semi-final Saturday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.
“I told y’all beforehand, I’m the real deal. These boys
can’t f*ck with me,” Prograis said after picking up the WBA
World title. “I f*cking just dominated the whole time."
Filipino-American Nonito Donaire, the four-division champion
and reigning two-time bantamweight titlist also impressed
when he scored a one-punch 6th round knockout of American
Stephon Young in their bantamweight tournament semi-final; a
devastating left hook put Young down and out.
“Stephon is a slick fighter so it was tough to come up with
a particular game plan,” said Donaire who originally was
going to face South Africa's Zolani Tete, who had to pull
out of the fight due to a shoulder injury.
“There was one thing I saw which was the straight, he kept
throwing it, so I kept timing the hook, and one way or
another I paid for it with scratches on my right eye and
hand, but it paid due because I was able to figure out the
timing and distance in the fight. I take the damage to earn
“It was a matter of time until I figured out that distance,
so I kept pressuring him, and I kept taking him down until
the right moment I could counter with a left hook, and
that’s what happened.”
Donaire will face either Naoya Inoue or Emmanuel Rodriguez
while Regis Prograis can look forward to fighting Josh
Taylor and Ivan Baranchyk. On 18 May, they will know.