Regis "Rougarou" Prograis
Media Workout Qoutes & Photos!
(photos, Mikey Williams/Top Rank)
(June 14th) Undefeated Interim WBC Super Lightweight Champion Regis "Rougarou" Prograis swung open the doors to his last workout in Los Angeles to the Southern California media earlier this week at the Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, CA.
On Saturday, July 14, Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs), of New Orleans, LA, will battle Juan Jose Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the WBC Diamond Super Lightweight Title at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA. Prograis vs. Velasco and Teofimo Lopez vs. William Silva will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. ET, while the undercard, including Charles Conwell vs. Travis Scott, will be broadcast on ESPN+ beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Below are quotes from Prograis, who spoke to the media following his training session:
"I know that Velasco is a very tough, undefeated veteran who is coming to fight and I'm training hard for victory and to put on a show on July 14."
"I've been waiting to fight at home for a long time. This fight will measure how many more big fights we can bring to New Orleans, not just me."
"I definitely want to fight all the big names at 140 pounds, first on my mind is Velasco on July 14 and then any of the big names next."
"I was in New York City at the Jose Ramirez-Amir Imam fight. After the fight, Top Rank wanted me to fight on Ramirez' undercard in Fresno and I said that was not going to happen. I was a mandatory to fight Ramirez and that's who I wanted to fight."
"There's no reason to build up a Ramirez fight. His name is not bigger than mine, so fighting on his undercard wouldn't have made any difference in how big the fight became."
"Ramirez has his route and I've got mine. I would have fought him anywhere neutral, New York City or Los Angeles would have been perfect."
"This is my last day in Los Angeles, I love it here, but I'll move my camp to Houston for the rest of my training."
Tickets, priced at $200 (ringside), $125 (floor), $75 and $40, can be purchased at the Lakefront Arena box office, Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Discounts for military, students and the New Orleans Police Department members - $75 tickets for $50 and $40 seats for $25 - are available when presenting valid ID at the UNO box office.
US Olympian Charles Conwell Added to Prograis / Velasco Undercard, July 14th Lakefront Arena, New Orleans!
(June 13th) 2016 United States Olympian and undefeated middleweight prospect Charles Conwell (7-0, 5 KOs), of Cleveland, will face popular Baton Rouge, Louisiana, veteran Travis Scott (19-3, 5 KOs) in an eight-round clash on Saturday, July 14 at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
Presented by Top Rank, in association with DiBella Entertainment, Conwell vs. Scott will be a featured undercard fight to the highly anticipated main event between Regis "Rougarou" Prograis, of New Orleans, and undefeated challenger Juan Jose Velasco, of Argentina, with the WBC Diamond super lightweight championship at stake. Prograis vs. Velasco and Teofimo Lopez vs. William Silva will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. ET, while the undercard, including Conwell vs. Scott, will be broadcast on ESPN+ beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.
"A local Louisiana boxer will get a chance to test himself against a US Olympian when the popular Travis Scott, of Baton Rouge, takes on Cleveland's Charles Conwell, as part of the excellent undercard to Prograis-Velasco at Lakefront Arena, in New Orleans, on July 14," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Fans from Baton Rouge have even more of a reason to join us in New Orleans for a great night of world championship boxing."
Following an outstanding amateur career, the 20-year-old Conwell has quickly impressed boxing fans across the country with his world-class skills matched by his concussive power in both hands. On November 10, 2017, he made his triumphant professional return to Cleveland with a sensational performance, winning a nationally televised six-round unanimous decision against Roque Zapata, dropping the valiant Panamanian four times.
Most recently, Conwell stayed busy with a six-round unanimous decision versus Juan Jesus Rivera on March 9, 2018, in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, the upset-minded Scott looks to jump back into the win column following a hard-fought clash with Mark DeLuca on March 18, 2017, in Boston.
Scott began his boxing career in the amateur ranks under the renowned Frank James and Frankie Caruso. While competing in over 100 amateur bouts, Scott won the Southern Boxing Association's "Boxer of the Year" award in 1995 and 1996. During his tenure in the United States Marine Corps, Scott became a member of the All-Marine Boxing Team. Scott is well known in Baton Rouge boxing circles for his contributions as a pioneer to the local boxing scene and is a staple in reviving the sport in his hometown.
Velasco Looking Forward to War with Prograis!
(June 1st) Upcoming world super-lightweight challenger Juan Jose "El Pitbull" Velasco says he's happy to be facing a fighter being labeled a potential new star in boxing on Saturday, July 14.
Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs), from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will challenge interim WBC World Super Lightweight Champion Regis Prograis at the Lakefront Arena in Prograis' birthplace of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The southpaw Prograis became champion last March with a head-turning TKO 2 over capable former champion Julius Indongo.
"I am glad he is being called a new star," said Velasco. "I only want to fight the best, so I can become the best myself. He's a very good fighter and I know it will be a true war."
31-year-old Velasco says he's in great shape, training in Miami, and looks forward to making his dream of a world title come true.
How is training going?
Training is going fantastic! I am in Miami at Caicedo Sports Training Camp, working with Herman Caicedo. Herman is relentless. As soon as he picked me up, traveling from Argentina to Miami. He took me straight to the track and ran drills for an hour.
Talk to me about the opportunity to fight for world championship?
It's a dream come true. My whole pro career it has been my dream. I found out I was fighting for the championship immediately after my last fight. My promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, informed me of the opportunity and told me I would be training in Miami with Herman.
You haven't left your home country to fight much, are you going to be your usual self fighting basically in his hometown in the US?
No, I haven't been out much and it's an honor to be fighting in the USA. I don't know any other way than to be myself in a fight. Herman is improving on my skills and adding some details to it. Herman and I have gelled immediately. I am sure, due to his experience with champions, that he knows how to adapt to individuals. Fighting in his hometown is on him. I have zero pressure and can only gain fans fighting there.
Why will you win this fight?
I will win this fight because I am hungry to be a champion. I'm hungry to be where he is at and hungry to better my family.
Describe yourself as a fighter for American fans who haven't seen you yet.
I am a boxer puncher who can adapt to what is in front of me. Are you doing anything different in training for this fight? Answer: yes, the major difference is training with Herman Caicedo in Miami. He has had great success with lots of fighters and one of the few coaches to develop a fighter into a champion from pro debuts. He is a teacher. I look forward to much success with him.
About Sampson Boxing
After a very successful run as a matchmaker and adviser, Sampson Lewkowicz switched over to the promotional side of professional boxing in January 2008.
Sampson Boxing has grown into one of the world's most prestigious promotional firms, representing many of the world's best fighters and most promising young contenders.
Sampson Boxing has promotional partners all over North and South America, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Central America and Sampson Boxing events have been televised on such premiere networks as HBO, Showtime, ESPN, VS. and several international networks.