Regis Prograis Not Focused On Jack Catterall Or Judges, Only Himself: ‘I’ve Got To Train For Me’

July 5, 2024
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Regis Prograis and Jack Catterall will fight in a world title eliminator on August 24

Regis Prograis insists he’s focused only on himself and getting back to his best as the former super-lightweight world champion prepares for his title eliminator bout with Jack Catterall in August.

Prograis (29-2-0 24 KO) faces Catterall (29-1-0 13 KO) in Manchester, England on August 24 in what is expected to be a world title eliminator. The New Orleans native has not fought since last December when he lost his WBC belt to Devin Haney in a shutout points defeat in San Francisco.

Catterall, meanwhile, delivered arguably the performance of his career in May to exact revenge on long-time rival Josh Taylor, securing a unanimous points win in Leeds, England to rectify his controversial split-decision defeat to the then undisputed world champion in February 2022.

Despite the threat posed by Catterall and the stakes involved in their upcoming bout, Prograis says he is paying little attention to his English opponent, believing that getting back to his own best will be the difference on the night.

Prograis ‘Training For Me’

“It’s going to be the same, I can’t train for him, I’ve got to train for me,” Prograis told BoxingScene when asked if he had a specific strategy for Catterall. “As long as I get back to doing and being me again, then I shouldn’t have any trouble. I’ve fought better boxers and I’ve fought better punchers. I won’t know how to rank him [amongst the best I’ve fought] until I get into the ring with him.”

Victory for Prograis will take him a significant step closer to becoming a three-time world champion. The American, 35, first won a world title in April 2019 when he captured the WBA’s super-lightweight belt with a sixth-round TKO victory over Kiryl Relikh, although his first defense ended in a razor-thin majority-decision loss to Taylor in a unification clash.

Prograis became a two-time champion in November 2022, claiming the vacant WBC strap with an 11th-round stoppage of Jose Zepeda, and after one successful defense against Danielito Zorrilla, found himself outclassed by Haney in December.

While Prograis is deep into his career, he insists he has still been learning and improving in the gym and is ready to showcase his skills against Catterall.

“It’s going to be a surprise, I have added some different things, I’m doing some different things,” Prograis said. “I can’t wait to show people on fight night what I’ve been doing. One thing I do, I train all the time non-stop just to get back to my belt. Right now, three-time world champion, that is definitely my motivation.”

‘Catterall’s Last Fight [With Taylor] Was Closer’

Prograis enters the bout in Manchester amid plenty of talk surrounding the fairness and accuracy of British judges. Like Catterall’s split-decision defeat to Taylor, Prograis’ own loss to the Scot was extremely close, and while Catterall deserved his win in the rematch against Taylor, some questioned the wideness of two of the judges’ scores.

That included Bob Arum, who described the 117-110 scores from Mark Bates and Kieran McCann as a “disgrace” and this week called for a trilogy bout between Catterall and Taylor.

Prograis, however, insists he is placing no focus on the judges and vowed to put on a performance that will leave the judges in no doubt over the victor.

“I’m not really [worried about getting a decision],” he said. “To be honest with [Bob Arum] saying that, I don’t really feel like that. I feel like I’ve got to go out there and do what I’ve got to do and that’s it.

“I thought Catterall’s last fight [with Taylor] was closer. I think they gave him the last fight because they owed him. The last fight was definitely closer, especially with what Bob Arum was saying, it was a really close fight. It could have gone Taylor’s way, but they owed him. They can’t screw him twice. That’s why I think they probably gave it to him.”