Selina Barrios to Face Former World Champion
Melissa Hernandez April 27th in Louisiana!
(April 16th) Undefeated NABF Women's lightweight champion, Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios (5-0, 2 KOs), returns to the ring April 27, 2019, against former world champion, Melissa "The Shark" Hernandez (22-7-3, 7 KOs). The six-round bout will take place at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA, as a special feature attraction on the WBSS super-lightweight semi-final card, headlined by Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KOs) vs. Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs).
Barrios, who has defeated three undefeated fighters in a row, last fought in September of 2018. She is eager to get back in the ring against a game opponent like Hernandez, who has been in the ring with many of the best female boxers in the world.
"I have a lot of respect for Melissa Hernandez, who has been a big part of growing women's boxing over the years," said Barrios, who resides in San Antonio, Texas. "This fight is going to be a classic Mexican vs. Purto Rican war. No disrespect to her, but I'm coming with straight heat, with the mindset of beating her down. This is the hurt game and that's what I plan to do to Hernandez when she steps in the ring with me. None of these girls want to see me."
"We know Melissa Hernandez is a dangerous fighter with a lot of experience," said Barrios' advisor Kerry Daigle. "Once DAZN sees this fight we feel it will be the swing bout on TV. Barrios is extremely TV friendly."
"We believe Selina is the best female fighter in the world," stated co-manger Colin Campbell. "With that being said, a win against a crafty veteran like Hernandez will surly give us the momentum we need going into our next fight."
Tickets, starting at $25, for the WBSS Super Lightweight and Bantamweight Semi-Finals are available through Ticketmaster (click here).
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Donaire: “I Can’t Wait to Show the Crowd
What We’ve Been Working On!
(April 10th) Philippine-American Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire feels well prepared and looks forward to his World Boxing Super Series 118lb Semi-Final against South Africa’s WBO Champ Zolani Tete at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA, USA on April 27.
“Lafayette, Louisiana is definitely going to be an experience,” said Donaire, a native of the Philippines who moved to the Bay Area in California at the age of 10 and today lives and trains in Las Vegas.
“There is so much culture all over the United States and I am I’m blessed to be in a tournament that allows me to visit a different state. I’ve heard the food is amazing and I can’t wait to try it out after the fight.”
36-year-old Donaire is perhaps the biggest name in the star-studded WBSS Season 2 line-up having held eight world titles by the main four boxing sanctioning bodies. Known as “The Filipino Flash” due to exceptionally hand speed and extraordinary punching power.
The former multiple-time world champion in four weight classes and current WBC Diamond and WBA Super Bantamweight Champion came down from 126lb to compete at 118lb for the first time in seven years to enter the WBSS.
In the quarter-final in Glasgow, Scotland Nov. 3rd last year against Northern Ireland’s Ryan Burnett, tournament No. 1 seed, Donaire felt he was in control and would have taken home the victory in the normal fashion if his opponent hadn’t been forced to retire after four rounds with a lower back injury.
How is the training going, can you give us some insight from your training camp?
“Training started about two weeks after the Burnett fight. We didn’t know when the fight would be scheduled but we knew the opponent so we stayed head on for Tete. I implemented new training methods that we haven’t tried before and have had a smooth training camp in Las Vegas.”
How would you describe your shape and preparations compared to your last fight?
“I believe the major difference is building upon what we had in the Burnett fight. I made sure to continue to stay disciplined with my diet and continue to be at the gym. As I said, it wasn’t completely 100% boxing throughout and we did implement training outside of the boxing gym and different drills as well. We made sure to have rest when needed so we could turn it up in these last couple weeks.”
How do you see the match-up with Tete?
“Tete is a formidable opponent. He is tall, he is fast, he is slick, but I am a fighter that can fight any kind of style. I can’t wait to the to show the crowd what we’ve been working on.”
Relikh: “I AmTotally Confident of Beating Prograis!
(April 1st) Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), Belarus’ WBA title-holder, has no concerns ahead of facing Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KOs), the WBC 140lb Diamond champion, in the WBSS super-lightweight semi-final at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA, USA.
“I am looking forward to the fight and to fight in Lafayette,” said Relikh. “I am totally confident, and I have no concerns whatsoever. Neither about the contest nor about the opponent.”
The Belarusian is a known pressure fighter who also possesses sound technique. He has great power in his hands and especially effective when he goes to his opponent’s body. ‘
Mad Bee’ is also known for living up to his nickname by being able to maintain a high output for twelve rounds. This trademark will also be a factor against Prograis in Lafayette.
“The training camp is going fantastic, and I’m fully focused,” said Relikh who is training under the wings of trainer Chico Rivas in Miami, Fl. “You’ll see, on fight night, just in how good shape I am and how great the preparations have been for this battle.”
Prograis’ trainer Bobby Benton knows exactly what is coming at his boxer on April 27 at the Cajundome.
“We know how tough Relikh is, he is tough as nails, he comes right at you. But I feel 100 % confident ahead of this fight. Regis has got the desire and drive to go all the way and win this tournament,” said Benton.
Co-featured on April 27, four-division world champion "The Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire (39-5, 25 KOs), of San Leandro, CA, meets South African Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) in a semi-final bantamweight match of the tournament.
Regis Prograis Holds LA Open Media Workout
Ahead of Highly Anticipated World Boxing Series Showdown Against Kiryl Relikh
LIVE On DAZN April 27 from the Cajundome, Lafayette, LA.!
(photos/World Boxing Council)
(March 22nd) On one of his final days of training in Southern California, WBC Diamond Super Lightweight Champion and the #1 Ranked Super Lightweight Regis "Rougarou" Prograis (23-0, 19 KOs), of New Orleans, LA, swung open the doors of his training camp to the media in Santa Monica, CA.
Promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Prograis will head to Houston, TX, next week as he continues preparations for his world championship showdown against WBA 140-pound World Champion Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), of Minsk, Belarus, in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series set for Saturday, April 27, at the Cajundome, in Lafayette, LA. The fight will be telecast in the United States on DAZN.
Below are quotes from Regis at the media workout.
REGIS "ROUGAROU" PROGRAIS
"This is my biggest fight, my first true world title fight and, mentally, the biggest fight of my career. Nothing will stop me from getting this belt."
"I believe we will have a very big crowd on April 27. It's about a two-hour drive from New Orleans and my fans have been wanting to see me fight for a world title."
"Training camp is always hard, but we make it as fun as possible. I started training here for two weeks and then finish in Houston until fight week."
"Hopefully, at the end of this tournament, I'll be a unified world champion and have the Ali Trophy. The best fighters in the 140-pound division are in this tournament."
"I felt great in my first tournament fight against Terry Flanagan. It was a fun fight and I was very relaxed. It was one of my best performances."
"I can change my style if I have to. Whatever Relikh tries, I can beat him at it. Like always, whatever I feel like doing is going to happen. No one at 140 can stop me."
"After Relikh, I want the rest of the belts. Just like Terence Crawford did, I want to become undisputed champion at 140. If I become undisputed at 140, it's much better than what he did as the competition is much better right now. This batch of 140lb. champions are much more talented than who he beat to become undisputed."
"As long as the other belt holders don't hide behind their promoters and networks, I'll have the opportunity to become undisputed, that's my goal. I want to prove what people are saying about me being the best 140lb. fighter in the word. It's nice to have it said, but I want to prove it in the ring."
"I can make 140 comfortably. When I move up to 147, I'll be even stronger."
"Jose Ramirez almost lost his last fight. Imagine if he got hit by me with the shots that Zepeda hit him with. He would have gotten badly hurt and knocked out for sure."
"Relikh and I are two top five fighters fighting each other. You look at Maurice Hooker and Jose Ramirez and see their lack of competition. They're not fighting top ten guys. For me, boxing is about the best fighting the best."
WBSS USA Doubleheader Spectacular:
Prograis vs Relikh & Donaire vs Tete
Semi Final Set for April 27th!
(February 25th) Regis Prograis & Kiryl Relikh and Nonito Donaire & Zolani Tete continue their quest for the Ali Trophy on April 27 in the USA, with a venue currently being finalised
“We cannot wait to get started with our Season 2 semi-finals and we will announce the venue along with ticket sales in the coming days,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer.
“All four boxers involved in this spectacular doubleheader impressed in their quarter-finals and these champions will leave it all in the ring to get to the final. Fireworks, guaranteed!”
The sensational doubleheader opens the semi-final stage of the World Boxing Super Series and what a night in place for the fans in the U.S. and around the world:
USA’s Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KOs) vs Belarus’ Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), a semi-final in the 140lb division and American-Philippine Nonito Donaire (39-5, 25 KOs) vs South Africa’s Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs), a semi-final in the 118lb edition of the tournament.
Relikh defeated Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky by a unanimous decision, with all judges scoring it 115-113 in favour of ‘Mad Bee’, to reach the semi-final, while tournament No. 1 seed Prograis advanced in more dominant fashion, also via a unanimous decision, over England’s Terry Flanagan. The judges had it 119-108, 118-109, 117-110 for ‘Rougarou’.
“First off I’m just excited to continue with the tournament,” said Prograis. “It’s the best fighting the best. That’s what boxing should be about. I know Relikh is a tough and strong fighter and I never look over an opponent but I have no doubt in my mind that I will win.”
“I’m looking very much to the semi-final and the quest for the Ali Trophy,” said Relikh. “When I fight the fans will get the money’s worth. I predict just like all of my fights a win for me.”
Tete outpointed Russia’s Mikhail Aloyan with scores of 114-110, 114-111 and 114-111 for the ‘Last Born’, when he booked his place in the semi-final. Donaire ‘The Filipino Flash’ won his quarter-final as Northern Ireland’s and No. 1 seed Ryan Burnett was forced to retire from the fight after four rounds of action due to a lower back injury.
“WBSS has set up such a great opportunity for me to achieve what I’ve always wanted and that’s to be Undisputed Champion,” said Donaire. “Since the last fight, I took just a couple weeks off and came right back to the gym. Tete is a formidable opponent and we have been preparing since the last fight. I’m even more excited with it being in the U.S. and won’t waste the opportunity to show the crowd what we’ve been working on.”
“Nonito Donaire is a true champion and has had a lot success against my fellow countryman like Moruti Mthalane and Jeffrey Mathebula in the past, but that stops here,” said Tete. “I respect Nonito, but I have a lot of faith in my own boxing ability and I will come out victorious when we fight.”