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Regis Prograis targets Jose Ramirez, future showdown with Mikey Garcia

Prograis feels he and Garcia are the creme of the crop at 140.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

The WBC’s 140lb interim titleholder Regis Prograis was on-hand this weekend to watch the Jose Ramirez-Amir Imam fight in person. And after watching Ramirez outwork Imam over 12 rounds Prograis tells RingTV that Ramirez did pretty well but that he wants him next and will present a much stiffer challenge.

“Of course I think I could beat him. He got hit with some clean shots, but I’m a left hander. I feel like I punch a little bit harder than Ramirez, and I’m more accurate than Imam.”

Ramirez’s promoter Bob Arum seems to be on the same page as he reportedly wants Prograis on a card with Ramirez this summer, which would lead into a fight between the two later this year. Prograis says he approached Arum after the fight and made it known he wants that fight and that Arum said he was amendable to it.

But even with a fight with Ramirez potentially looming, Prograis is still looking towards an even bigger fight down the road.

“I feel there’s two names at 140: Regis Prograis and Mikey Garcia. I think in the next 18 months, that’ll probably be one of the biggest fights in boxing,” said Prograis.

How do you see a fight between Prograis and Ramirez playing out, and do you think Prograis could give the well-regarded Garcia a run for his money?

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