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March 12, 2018

POST-FIGHT INTERVIEW: REGIS PROGRAIS
By G. Leon

Greg Leon: Congrats on your second-round stoppage of Julius Indongo this weekend. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? 

Regis Prograis: "I think it was the performance I was expecting. I think I could have done better because I got hit with some unnecessary stuff, but at the same time I wanted to walk through him and make a statement and that's what I did."

GL: Did you ever think you'd get rid of him so early?

RP: "I can't say I thought it was going to be in two rounds or not, but I knew I was going to walk through him and get him out of there. Terence Crawford got him out in three rounds and it took e two. I knew I was going to be able to hurt him after the first round. In the second round I just came out and ran through him."

GL: Who do you like in the fight between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Amir Imam this weekend [which will be for the vacant WBC 140-pound title with Prograis entitled to fight the winner]?

RP: "I don't know. I can see Imam winning because he's a good boxer, but if they go the distance, I can also see Ramirez taking it. I kind of favor Ramirez to win though."

GL: Do you expect the winner of that fight to be in a rush to face you?

RP: "Listen, I don't think nobody at 140 is going to want to fight me. I see only one name that might be really willing to fight me and that's Mikey Garcia. He's a big name that I'd want to fight and at the same time he takes fights. He's a person with my type of mentality because he's a competitor and he wants to fight the best."

GL: I hear that, but since you just captured the WBC interim belt I assume you're going to see how the situation plays out with the WBC title before making any other moves.

RP: "Most likely, we'll see. But in boxing you never know what's going to happen. I don't really get caught up with who I'm fighting, I'm more concerned about the when.  The who fighting doesn't really matter to me."

GL: When might your next fight take place?

RP: "I don't know, hopefully in the next four months. I don't want to be out for another six months plus again."

GL: If you had it your way who would you fight next?

RP: "Manny Pacquiao (laughs)... I would fight Manny Pacquiao immediately if he ever wanted to fight at 140 pounds. But as far as more realistic options, it doesn't really matter who it is, but I want the winner of the Ramirez-Imam fight."

GL: Now that you've got the interim title, how important is it for you to bring a major event to New Orleans?

RP: "That's what I'm trying to do, it's my whole thing. It's what I've been trying to do the whole time, I want to bring a world title fight to the city. Right now my name is buzzing in the city and I want to bring it back home.'

GL: Closing thoughts?

RP: "I'm happy about my performance, I'm about to chill right now. I had a long hard training camp for five minutes of work...again. It's crazy. My training camps are hard, every single day I'm killing myself for five minutes. Now I'm going to go chill out."

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