Regis Prograis vs. Danielito Zorilla Preview
Regis Prograis vs. Danielito Zorrilla
On Saturday, June 17, 2023, at approximately 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT, 34-year-old, Regis Prograis (28-1-0, 24 KOs), aka ”Rougarou’, headlined the event against Puerto Rican dynamo, ‘El Zorro’ Danielito Zorrilla (17-1-0, 13KOs) on his home soil. The newly crowned Prograis took it to the judges scorecards tonight, defending his WBC title in a 12-round Super Lightweight bout from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, USA.
‘Rougarou’ is Louisiana French for ‘Werewolf’. Prograis chose the nickname to honor his Native American Grandfather, knowing that the beast has come to be known in Louisianan native mythology as a creature that struck fear into people’s hearts. It was described in the myths as an agile, swift figure with bone-breaking power who would emerge from the swampland in search of human prey. In Louisianan folklore, for centuries, tales of the shape-shifting, wolf-like Rougarou terrified kids and fascinated legend hunters.
“It’s just a name that jumped out at me. I think I was unbeaten in about three or four fights at the time and my manager was trying to pick out nicknames.
We were going back and forth on nicknames and I think it was my daddy that said: ‘How about The Rougarou?’. After he said it, we all just said that that was the one, and it’s stuck. It’s the perfect name for me. It’s definitely the perfect name.”~ Regis Prograis
Prograis entered the pro-boxing scene in a whirlwind back in 2012, scoring 15 knockout victories and four unanimous decisions in his first 19 bouts. He beat Luis Eduardo Flores in 2016 to win the NABF Super Lightweight Title, defending the belt twice. ‘Rougarou’ won the Interim WBC Super Lightweight Title in 2018 against Julius Indongo. Competing in the World Boxing Super Series Super Lightweight Tournament, where he beat Terry Flanagan and Kiryl Relish (winning WBA gold), but failed to beat Josh Taylor in the finals for the IBF Title.
His incredible record couldn’t protect him from the low pay and slime ball dealing common in the lower rungs of prizefighting though. After quite a number of those winning fights he wasn’t even paid. As a matter of fact, one time a promoter of a bout presented him with a check for literally $1.00, which Regis had framed. It hangs on his wall as a source of motivation.
The current, WBC Super Lightweight World Champion, last fought in November. He entered the ring on a four-fight win streak. The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, The Ring magazine and BoxRec have all ranked him as the world’s best active super lightweight boxer.
For this first title defense, Prograis was expected to face Liam Paro. On May 18, just 27 days prior to the event, Paro withdrew from the fight due to an injury. It was presumed he would be replaced with Arnold Barboza Jr., who has already defeated Zorrilla twice. Matchroom and Top Rank weren’t able to hash things out though, which put Zorrilla into the title shot picture at the last minute.
‘El Zorro’ is a 29-year-old pugilist from Puerto Rico who’s fought as a pro five years less than Prograis, entering the pro-scene in 2016. However, Danielito Zorrillo possesses a 1″ height advantage, a 3″ reach advantage, and an orthodox stance vs Regis’ southpaw.
Zorrillo has fought as recently as March 18, 2023, when he won via technical knockout over Aristides Quintero. He is 2-1 in his last three fights, after losing to Arnold Barboza Jr. in July, 2022, which put an end to his impressive 16-fight win streak. Danielito was prepared to the make the most out of this opportunity to face ‘Rougorou’.
Shakhram Giyasov vs. Harold Calderon
‘Wonder Boy’ Giyasov (13-0-0, 9 KOs), the Uzbekistani fighting out of Brooklyn, had a surefire banger against the Honduran fighting out of Miami, Harold ‘King’ Calderon (27-0-0, 9 KOs) in the co-main event.
Other Notable Bouts on the Card
The 33-year-old Somalian, Ramla Ali (8-0-0) fighting out of London, squared off against 26-year-old Latina, Alejandra ‘La Rockera’ Guzman (12-2-2), fighting out of Mexico. They went to war over the IBF Inter Continental Female Super Bantamweight Title.
Tale of the Tape
Headlining this DAZN event from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: Regis Prograis will go toe-to-toe with Danielito Zorrilla, in a 12-round clash for the WBC World Super Lightweight Title.
|NATIONALITY||UNITED STATES – New Orleans, LA||PUERTO RICO – Toa Baja|
|FIGHTING OUT OF||Houston, Texas||Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico|
|PRO RECORD AT FIGHT||28-1-0 (24 KOs)||17-1-0 (13 KOs)|
|PRO CAREER LENGTH||11 Years||6 Years|
|LAST FIVE FIGHTS||W W W W L||W L W W W|
|BETTING ODDS||-1600 (Favorite)||+850 (Underdog)|
|TITLE||WBC Super Lightweight||—|
|AGE AT FIGHT||34 years, 4 months, 3 weeks, 3 days||29 years, 7 months, 3 weeks, 2 days|
|DIVISION||Super Lightweight (140lbs/63,5kg)||Super Lightweight (140lbs/63,5kg)|
|HEIGHT||5’8″ (173cm)||5’9″ (175cm)|
|REACH||67″ (170cm)||70″ (178cm)|
|ADVANTAGES||Current World Champ, Won 1st Title|
Def. World Champ, Smashing Blow,
Southpaw, More Years Pro, More Pro
Fights, No KO Losses, Odds Favorite
|Smashing Blow, Long Arms, Younger, |
No KO Losses, Less Inactive Days
|INACTIVE||203 Days||91 Days|
|LAST BOUT||20 Feb 2021 DEF Jovanie Santiago UD||29 Jan 2022 DEF Rondale Hubbert UD|
Regis Prograis vs. Danielito Zorrilla Main Card
Results & Highlights —
Main Event Results & Highlights: Prograis(c) DEF. Zorrilla
for the WBC World Super Lightweight Title
- CHAMPION RETAINS! Regis Prograis DEF. Danielito Zorrilla, via Split Decision
(118-109 Prograis, 114-113 Zorrilla, 117-110 Prograis)
- Super Lightweight (140lb), 12 x 3
To the Scorecards we go!
- IT’S MAIN EVENT TIME!
Co-Main Event Results & Highlights: Giyasov vs. Calderon
- Shakhram Giyasov DEF. Harold Calderon,
via Unanimous Decision
- Welterweight (147lb), 12 x 3
- Someone’s 0 has to go in New Orleans…
Shakhram Giyasov (13-0) vs. Harold Calderon (27-0)
Title Fight Results & Highlights: Ali vs. Guzman
for the IBF Inter Continental Female Super Bantamweight Title
- NEW CHAMPION: Alejandra Guzman DEF. Ramla Ali,
via KO/TKO (Left Hook) at 0:42 of Round 8/10
- Super Bantamweight (122lb), 10 x 2
Results & Highlights: Jeremy Hill DEF. Mark Davis,
via KO/TKO at 0:29 of Rd4/8, 9:29 Total
- Lightweight (135lb), 8 x 3
Results & Highlights for the Prograis vs. Zorrilla:
‘BEFORE THE BELL’ Undercard —
- Ginny Fuchs DEF. Indeya Rodriguez, via Unanimous Decision
- Super Flyweight (115lb), 8 x 2
- Xavier Madrid DEF. Aaron Aponte, via Split Decision
- Super Lightweight, 8 x 3
- Critic Bazaldua DEF. Elroy Fruto, via Unanimous Decision
- Lightweight, 4 x 3
Regis Prograis vs. Danielito Zorrilla Full Fight Card
|DIVISION||ROUNDS||FIGHTER # 1||FIGHTER # 2||NOTES|
|12 x 3||Regis Prograis|
|WBC World Super Lightweight Title|
|12 x 3||Shakram Giyasov|
|5.||(W) Super Bantamweight|
|10 x 2||Ramla Ali|
|IBF Inter Continental Female Super |
|8 x 3||Jeremy Hill|
|Mark Davis Jr.|
|8 x 2||Ginny Fuchs|
|8 x 3||Aaron Aponte|
|4 x 3||Critic Bazaldua|
Start time and date
Regis Prograis vs Danielito Zorrilla airs live worldwide, this weekend. The card is set to get underway at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT (Saturday, June 17th., 2023). Staged at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, ring walks for the main event are (approx.) 10:21 p.m. ET / 7:21 p. m. PT. Doors at the venue will open on fight day approximately one hour prior to event time. Times are subject to change depending on the length of the scheduled undercard bouts on the card.
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Where to stream
Regis Prograis vs Danielito Zorrilla is available to stream on DAZN apps and streaming platforms. DAZN can be viewed on the following devices:
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Tickets for the Regis Prograis vs Danielito Zorrilla event at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA, home of the Pelicans, are available here, ranging from $20USD – $764+USD. The Center can hold up to 17,791 people.
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