Regis Prograis was facing a big step up against former titleholder Julius Indongo tonight, and passed the test with flying colors, plowing through Indongo in two rounds tonight in Deadwood, South Dakota, live on Showtime.
Prograis (21-0, 18 KO) dropped Indongo (22-2, 11 KO) at the end of the first round, and then three more times in the second round, with the veteran never able to fully get his legs back under him. The end of the fight came at 2:54 of round two, right at the end of the round, but Indongo at that point wasn’t able to withstand a single punch, so it was a good stoppage.
“I felt his punches, he could’t punch, he couldn’t hurt me. I got a little reckless, but I got the job done, I can’t complain,” Prograis said. “I haven’t been able to show my full arsenal yet. I haven’t had an opponent that can bring it out of me. I get paid the same thing for the first round or the 12th round, so I might as well get them out early.”
Prograis now holds the interim WBC title, with the full belt to be decided next weekend between Jose Ramirez and Amir Imam in an ESPN-televised fight.
In the co-feature, Ivan Baranchyk overwhelmed a game Petr Petrov en route to an eighth round stoppage in a junior welterweight bout. Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KO) dropped Petrov (38-6-2, 19 KO) in the first and second rounds, and probably should’ve been given credit for a third round knockdown, too. Petrov was ruled down questionably in the sixth round.
It wasn’t a fully one-sided fight, as Petrov, a late sub for Anthony Yigit, was right there and fighting the whole way, but the power of Baranchyk was simply too much. The fight was stopped with Petrov under fire again, having no real chance to win the fight at that point.
In the opener, heavyweights Junior Fa and Craig Lewis went the eight-round distance, with Fa improving to 14-0 (8 KO) with a majority decision win on scores of 76-76, 78-74, and 79-73. New Zealand’s Fa definitely deserved the win, with the even card being pretty questionable, but it wasn’t the prettiest or most emphatic victory to be sure. Lewis drops to 14-2-1 (8 KO) with the loss.