Both The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix report that former super lightweight champion Regis Prograis is “finalizing a separation agreement” with longtime promoter Lou DiBella. “Rougarou” had one fight left on his contract.
Mannix’s Twitter feed has more on the split, which by all accounts is entirely amicable. From Prograis (24-1, 20 KO):
“First off I just want to say thank you to Lou DiBella and the whole DBE promotional company. Lou took a chance with me when nobody else wanted me. I built a name for myself in the boxing world and won my first world championship with Lou. DiBella will always be like family to me. But now the time had come for us to part ways. I’m excited to see what’s in store for my future in this next part of my career.”
“I hope he wins a lot of money and wins a lot of titles. I still think the sky is the limit for him. I never stopped believing in him.”
One “option” on the table is joining PBC, a partnership that could begin with a clash against undefeated Juan Heraldez and lead to a lucrative match with Adrien Broner in the future. Heraldez was last seen fighting Argenis Mendez to a draw in May of 2019.
Prograis’ last fight saw him drop a highly competitive decision to Josh Taylor in a bid for unification. He was all teed up to face Maurice Hooker this year, but a coronavirus delay and subsequent weight dispute ultimately sank the matchup. The Nawlins native still has plenty left in the tank at 31, so it’s worth keeping an eye on where he goes from here.