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Former Jr Welterweight Champ Prograis gave great Christmas surprise

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Former Jr Welterweight Champ Prograis gave great Christmas surprise

Stephen Lew- USA Today Sports

Former Jr Welterweight Champ Prograis gave great Christmas surprise

He was involved in an outstanding World Boxing Super Series championship match in October, and now, American Regis Prograis was also involved in a really cool Christmas Eve moment with his mom.

Prograis, who suffered his first pro loss in late October when Scotland’s Josh Taylor beat him by majority decision to win the WBA/ IBF 140 lb. championships, decided to surprise his mom in Louisiana late Tuesday night with a Christmas Eve gift.

First, Prograis laid out in this social media post that he had secretly purchased a house that had just been built and partially furnished, and that he was going to trick his mother into thinking that they were celebrating Christmas Eve at an Airbnb rental location:

However, in actuality they were celebrating in her new home that he had purchased. And, he was about to surprise her, as she opened up a series of packages and got to the house key.

As you can imagine, there were plenty of emotions flowing when Pro Grace’s mother realized what her son had done for her. (Get the Klennex out):

When you further factor in that Prograis and his family lost everything due to Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans 14 years ago, and relocated Houston as homeless transients, this makes what he was able to do for his mom even more amazing and special.

Prograis is in hopes of potentially getting a rematch down the road with Taylor after the two stood toe-to-toe in a tremendous battle at London’s O2 Arena for 12 rounds.

For now, It is believed the Taylor is trying to get a huge fight with WBO / WBC Junior Welterweight Champion, Jose Luis Ramirez, which would be for the Undisputed 140 lb. Championship.

Prograis is certainly a viable contender for either of those champions, as he is 24 – 1 with 20 KOs. He had won the WBA version of the title with an April TKO victory over Kiryl Relikh in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The hard-punching Prograis had scored knockouts or stoppages in seven of his previous eight fights before Taylor took his best punches, and repeatedly scored better with bigger punches in the victory.

Oh, and a final note about where Prorgrais’ mindset is with getting back in the ring and trying to regain a world title. He later posted this, early on Christmas morning:

It’s that kind of dedication and sense of gratitude towards his mom and those around him (along with his talent) that will likely have Prograis in the mix to be back on top in 2020.

T J Rives

A veteran broadcaster of over 25 years, T.J. has been a fight fan longer than that! He’s the host of the “Big Fight Weekend” podcast and will go “toe to toe” with anyone who thinks that Marvin Hagler beat Sugar Ray Leonard or that Tyson, Lennox Lewis or Deontay Wilder could have beaten Ali!

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