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Regis Prograis takes on Kiryl Relikh and Nonito Donaire faces Stephon Young tonight on DAZN and Sky Sports.

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World Boxing Super Series

RESULTS


ROUND BY ROUND

REGIS PROGRAIS vs KIRYL RELIKH

Round 1: Prograis flicks a jab that falls short. Relikh tries a right hand lead that misses. Prograis ducks a lead left hook from Relikh. Prograis occupies Relikh with several jabs as he circles counter clockwise. Right hand from Relikh lands but Prograis scores a straight left hand in return. Straight left to the body lands for Prograis. Prograis throws another left to the body and then ducks the Relikh response. HARD LEFT UPPERCUT TO THE BODY PUTS RELIKH DOWN! Relikh gets up at the count of 8 but he’s hurt. Prograis chases him around the ring to finish him off but the bell rings. Prograis 10-8.

Round 2: Prograis probes to evaluate if Relikh has recovered. Now Prograis lands another body shot to the same area. Relikh misses on aright hand but then takes a right hand from Prograis. Another left to the body lands for Prograis as Relikh also sneaks in a punch. Relikh partially lands a right hand lead. Prograis slips and weaves a three punch combination from Relikh. Hard left to the body hurts Relikh again! Prograis tees off on Relikh who is now cut on the bridge of his nose. Relikh hits Prograis with a hard shot after the bell that shakes Prograis up! Oh my! Prograis 10-9, 20-17.

Round 3: Prograis starts off with a jab and looks like he’s got his bearing back from that cheap shot. Relikh comes forward behind two right hands that Prograis blocks. Hard right hand from Relikh lands on Prograis. Prograis lands a jab. Prograis misses on a big counter left hand. Relikh lands a right to the body. Counter jab lands for Prograis. Two hard body shots land for Prograis and back Relikh off momentarily. Another counter lands for Prograis. Better round for Relikh but I think Prograis took it back at the end. Prograis 10-9.

Round 4: Two counter hooks land to the body for Prograis. Now Relikh lands a hard right to the body. Straight left to the body partially lands for Prograis, then another, then another. Left hand lands upstairs for Prograis. Relikh presses forward and throws a flurry of punches but Prograis dodges every single one of them. Hard counter left to the body lands for Prograis. Prograis slips more of Relikh’s punches in a slick display of defense. Prograis 10-9, 40-35.

Round 5: Counter left hand lands for Prograis to open the round. Now Prograis goes back down to the body with a left hand. Right hook from Prograis partially lands. Relikh looking for space to punch but Prograis’ head movement is giving him problems. Clean left hand from Prograis snaps Relikh’s head back. Left hand leads finds the mark for Prograis, who then slips a counter and lands his own counter to the body. Another lead left hand lands for Prograis. Hard body shot lands for Prograis who is starting to take complete control of this fight. Clean jab lands for Prograis. Prograis’ cruisin’. Prograis 10-9.

Round 6: Sounds like Relikh’s trainer is thinking about pulling the plug on this fight if he doesn’t turn things around in this round. Left hand lands to the body for Prograis. Souble left hand from Prograis pierces Relikh’s guard. Straight left hand lands clean for Prograis. Prograis stabs to the body again with his left hand, and then puts in two more to the body. Hard left hand to the head stuns Relikh and his trainer has thrown in the towel! Prograis TKO-6.

NONITO DONAIRE vs STEPHON YOUNG

Round 1: Donaire leads with a jab to the body. Young moves along the ropes as he tries to keep from being a stationary target. Donaire stalks and throws a right hand downstairs. Young exchanges with Donaire but Donaire’s punches shook him up more. Donaire is the demonstrably bigger puncher in the ring. Young flicks two jabs that fall short and Donaire just takes his time, walking Young down. Donaire looks massive in the ring compared to Young! Right hand to the body lands for Donaire. Young lands a straight left to the body. Donaire 10-9.

Round 2: Donaire comes straight forward and looks to land a right hand to the body. Young is fighting off the back foot but not getting off many punches. Young is fighting an incredibly defensive fight early but still takes a Donaire jab to the body. Right hand lead lands for Donaire. Young misses on a couple of punches from range and then gets on his bicycle. Young times Donaire with a left hand but Donaire walks through it. Young lands two clean shots at the end but I don’t think it’s enough to offset the rest of the round. Donaire 10-9, 20-18.

Round 3: Right hand lands to the body for Donaire to start the round. Right hand lands again for Donaire but Young gets in a left of his own. Now Young lands a check hook upstairs. Left hook from Donaire just grazes Young. Overhand left lands for Young. Young times another lead left hand that Donaire walks into. Donaire tries to respond with a right hand of his own but Young pivots off the line. Young has settled down a lot since the end of that last round and is getting his offense together. Donaire lands a left to the body that Young says was in the back. One-two makes contact for Young. Right hand from Donaire staggers Young! Young covers up on the ropes to end the round. I’m going with Young here despite that late scare. Young 10-9.

Round 4: Young comes out on the move and circles the entire ring nearly. Donaire tries to cut him off but just misses on a big right hand. Donaire continues to stalk Young who misses on a counter left hand this time. Short uppercut partially lands for Donaire on the inside Check hook misses for Young. Donaire lands a hard left to the body with Young along the ropes. Donaire is just imposing his size and power on Young, not really caring if he has to eat a shot or two to land his more powerful punches. Counter left lands for Young. Young is bleeding from his nose and mouth. Donaire 10-9, 39-37.

Round 5: Donaire starts with a lead right hand that lands upstairs. Hard left land to the body lands for Donaire as he backs Young to the ropes. Young is spending a lot of time along the ropes now and it’s just a matter of time before Donaire cuts him down. Jab lands for Donaire. Now Donaire lands a right hand to the body. Donaire lands a right uppercut that knocks Young back. Young lands a nice counter with his right hand, then his left. Young’s may be wounded but he’s still fighting. Right uppercut lands for Donaire again that visibly hurts Young. Counter left hook lands for Donaire, who then tries to follow it up with a straight right. Donaire 10-9.

Round 6: Donaire comes out on the attack and partially lands a right hand. Donaire pumps a few jabs that don’t land. Counter left hand makes contact for Young. Right hand lead partially lands for Donaire. Two hooks to the body comes from Young. Now Young lands a left hand upstairs. Donaire lands a jab and an uppercut but Young lands a shot back during the exchange. MONSTER LEFT HOOK FROM DONAIRE PUTS YOUNG DOWN & OUT IMMEDIATELY! IT’S OVER! DONAIRE KO-6!


Tonight at 8 pm ET streaming live on DAZN in the United States and airing on Sky Sports Main Event in the United Kingdom, the World Boxing Super Series resumes with semifinal tournament action from Lafayette, Louisiana.

Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call for the main card portion of the show.

In the night’s main event, Regis Prograis takes on Kiryl Relikh for Relikh’s WBA junior welterweight title, as well as a spot in the 140-pound tournament final to face the winner of the May 18 fight between Josh Taylor and Ivan Baranchyk.

The co-feature will see Nonito Donaire defend his WBA bantamweight title against Stephon Young, a late replacement for injured Zolani Tete. It’s the chance of a lifetime for Young, but the odds are seriously against him. The victor here gets a spot in the bantamweight final, meeting the winner of the May 18 fight between Emmanuel Rodriguez and Naoya Inoue.

Main card:

  • Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KO) vs Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KO), junior welterweights, 12 rounds
  • Nonito Donaire (39-5, 25 KO) vs Stephon Young (18-1-3, 7 KO), bantamweights, 12 rounds

Undercard:

  • Selina Barrios (5-0, 2 KO) vs Melissa Hernandez (22-7-3, 7 KO), lightweights, 8 rounds
  • Mason Menard (34-4, 24 KO) vs David Paz (4-7-1, 0 KO), lightweights, 6 rounds
  • Jeremy Hill (6-0, 3 KO) vs Kaylyn Alfred (3-1-1, 0 KO), welterweights, 4 rounds
  • Jonathan Montrel (2-0, 0 KO) vs Ivan Reyes (0-1, 0 KO), junior welterweights, 4 rounds
  • Sean Hemphill (2-0, 2 KO) vs Dennis Williams (4-11-1, 2 KO), light heavyweights, 4 rounds

If you’re saying to yourself, “Boy, that is one awful undercard,” well, yes it is. This whole card has had problems beyond just the Tete injury, including what was a decent fight between Sonny Fredrickson and Bakhtiyar Eyubov being canceled on Friday when Eyubov didn’t make weight.