Ivan Baranchyk & Regis Prograis Pick Up Impressive Wins In South Dakota
Deadwood, South Dakota (March 10th, 2018)– Regis Prograis demolished Julius Indongo even faster than Terence Crawford.
The powerful southpaw from New Orleans scored the most impressive victory of his career Friday night by dropping Indongo four times on his way to a second-round knockout in Deadwood, South Dakota. Prograis floored Indongo three times in the second round and once in the first round.
Referee Ian John-Lewis waved an end to the fight once Indongo hit the canvas for the third time in the second round. The official time of the stoppage was 2:54 of the second round.
The 29-year-old Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) won the WBC’s interim super lightweight title by stopping Indongo.
“After the first round, I felt his punches,” Prograis told Showtime’s Steve Farhood following his knockout. “He couldn’t punch. He couldn’t hurt me. I got a little reckless. But, you know, I got the job done, so I can’t complain.”
Prograis’ swift win secured him a shot at the winner of a March 17 bout that’ll match Amir Imam (21-1, 18 KOs) against Jose Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs) for the unclaimed WBC super lightweight title. Imam, of Albany, New York, and Ramirez, of Avenal, California, will fight for the WBC title Crawford gave up when he moved up to welterweight last year.
The 34-year-old Indongo (22-2, 11 KOs) fought for the first time since Crawford knocked him out in the third round of their 140-pound title unification fight August 19. Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) – commonly considered one of the top three boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport – knocked down Indongo in the second round and finished him off with a vicious body shot during the third round.
Namibia’s Indongo was the IBF, IBO and WBA 140-pound champion when Crawford knocked him out in Lincoln, Nebraska. Indongo took this dangerous fight against Prograis on just three weeks’ notice, once Prograis’ original opponent, Ukraine’s Viktor Postol (29-1, 12 KOs), pulled out of it due to a fractured thumb.
Prograis fought for the first time since his second-round destruction of previously unbeaten Joel Diaz Jr. nine months ago. Prograis dropped Diaz (23-1, 19 KOs) four times in the second round of their June 9 fight in Verona, New York, before it was stopped.
In the second round, Prograis drilled Indongo with a straight left hand that sent Indongo to the canvas with 44 seconds to go in it. Indongo got up, but wasn’t on his feet long, as another Prograis left dropped him with 27 seconds remaining in the second.
A game Indongo reached his feet yet again, only to have Prograis floor the vulnerable former champion again with a left hand. That’s when John-Lewis mercifully stopped the fight.
“Really, after the second knockdown, he was done,” Prograis said. “They let him go a little longer.”
Prograis dropped Indongo with a jab just before the first round ended. A stunned Indongo got up and answered John-Lewis’ count after the bell sounded to end the round.
A right uppercut by Prograis seemed to hurt Indongo before that jab sent him to the canvas. Prograis knocked Indongo into the ropes by landing a jab with 32 seconds to go in the first round.
Despite dominating Friday night, Prograis wasn’t completely satisfied.
“I haven’t been able to show my full arsenal yet, as far as my defense, as far as my footwork,” Prograis said. “I didn’t do it yet because I haven’t had an opponent that can bring it out of me.”
Photos: Ivan Baranchyk Beats Down Petr Petrov For TKO Win
In an IBF Junior Welterweight eliminator, Ivan Baranchyk (17-0, 11 KOs) thrilled fans at The Deadwood Mountain Grand with his all-action style, stopping Petr Petrov (38-6-2, 18 KOs) at 1:12 of round number eight. (photos by Stephanie Trapp).
Baranchyk, making his sixth appearance on SHOWTIME, was the much stronger, more aggressive fighter than his game but ultimately overmatched opponent, who showed commendable toughness and resiliency to stay in the fight. Baranchyk knocked Petrov to the canvas with the very first punch of the fight, and scored a second knockdown in the second round with a barrage of powerful punches.
With a bruised and battered Petrov trapped against the ropes in the eighth round, referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight. With the win, Baranchyk moves a step closer to becoming the mandatory challenger for the winner of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event on Saturday night between 140-pound IBF world titlist Sergey Lipinets and lightweight titleholder Mikey Garcia.
Baranchyk, who out-landed Petrov 159-118 in total punches and 94-76 in power punches, was pleased with the improvements he showcased tonight.
“I thought I fought a more controlled than in the past and something my new coach has been helping me with,” said Baranchyk, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the IBF 140-pound division. “I knew I had to keep punching to the body, punching to the body. And I did that well tonight.
“I was surprised they stopped the fight when they did. I felt like I won every round and controlled the fight. I knew I won the fight. It was a good fight for me.”
In the opening bout of the telecast, heavyweight prospect Junior Fa (14-0, 8 KOs), of Auckland, New Zealand, kept his unbeaten record intact with a majority decision victory over Detroit’s Craig Lewis (14-2-1, 8 KOs). The judges scored the eight-round fight 76-76, 78-74, 79-73.
Fa, who twice beat fellow New Zealand native and current WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in the amateurs, was the more active fighter against the 33-year-old former collegiate basketball player Lewis, who took the fight on just two weeks’ notice. Fa started the fight quickly, throwing a fight-high 53 punches in round one and a 24-13 lead in overall connects in the first two rounds. As the fight wore on, Fa’s pace slowed and Lewis was able to grow into the fight, out-landing Fa 50-45 in rounds five through eight, to close the overall gap to 82-81 in favor of Fa.
Fa, who made his SHOWTIME debut in November with a first-round knockout of Freddy Latham, was unhappy with his performance despite the win.
“I’m happy I was able to get the decision, but I wasn’t happy with my performance at all,” said Fa. “If I had to give myself a grade, it would be an F. I fought with too much emotion the first few rounds and that threw me off a little bit.
“I was pretty surprised with the one judge who saw it even. I saw him getting tired but I was just flat tonight. I can learn a lot from this fight and where I went wrong and what not to do in my next fight.”
Lewis felt that taking the fight on short notice played a role in the outcome.
“I needed a little more time to train as my conditioning fell off a bit towards the end,” said the former National Golden Gloves gold medalist Lewis. “But overall, I was happy with my performance, I thought it was probably a draw.”