Regis Prograis vs Julius Indongo Preview March 9th
Unbeaten super lightweight Regis Prograis of New Orleans will be taking on once-beaten Julius Indongo of Namibia for the interim WBC Title in Deadwood, South Dakota this Friday, March 9th. The 12-round fight between the two southpaws can be seen live in America on Showtime while Canadian fans can catch it on TSN and those in the UK and Ireland can view it on BoxNation. Prograis last fought in September when he stopped the previously unbeaten Joel Diaz in the second round. Indongo’s last outing came in August when he was stopped by the then WBC and WBO Super Lightweight Champion Terence Crawford. Indongo is filling in for Viktor Postol who pulled out of the fight against Prograis.
Prograis vs Indongo Betting Odds
Here are the winner odds from online sportsbook 5dimes.eu
- Julius Indongo +310
- Regis Prograis -400
The 29-year-old Prograis looked impressive when stopping Diaz last summer and has earned a shot at the interim title because of it. He’ll climb into the ring with a perfect record of 20-0 with 17 big Kos to his name. He had a fine amateur career and has won the NABF Junior Super Lightweight Title and NABF Super Lightweight crown since turning pro in 2012. He’s also fought a total of 70 rounds since then. Prograis stands 5-feet-8-inches tall and possesses a 67-inch reach.
The most noticeable stat about Prograis is his 17 Kos in 20 wins and that translates into a current knockout ratio of 85 per cent. He gives up 2.5 inches in height and 4.5 inches in reach to Indongo, but is six years younger and has far more power than the African. Along with beating Diaz, Prograis has victories over the likes of Luis Eduardo Florez, Aaron Herrera, Abel Ramos and Hector Velazquez. He certainly hasn’t been taking on a steady stream of top contenders, so will be stepping up in class against Indongo.
Former WBA IBO and IBF Champion Indongo lost his titles during his disappointing performance against Crawford last year. Indongo won his WBA belt by beating Ricky Burns by unanimous decision in last April and captured the IBF and IBO belts with a first-round knockout of Eduard Troyanovsky in December of 2016. He has a record of 22-1 with 11 Kos. Indongo stands just over 5-foot-10-inches tall with a 71.5-inch reach.
Indongo turned pro back in 2009 and has boxed 128 rounds since then. However, like Prograis he’s fought lower level opponents other than Crawford and Burns. Indongo doesn’t have much in the way of power as his current knockout ratio stands at 48 per cent. He didn’t provide a challenge to Crawford and at the age of 35 he’s definitely not on the upswing. He does have some skill though and can be dangerous if he lands a shot on the button.
Indongo isn’t a knockout artist whereas Prograis is. For Indongo to win he’d need to box his best and hope his chin doesn’t betray him. It might take Prograis a few rounds to figure Indongo out, but I expect the American to become the interim champ on Friday night.
I’m expecting the younger Prograis to be too powerful for Indongo.
Play Prograis -400 @ 5dimes.eu
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