New York, NY (2/2/17) - On Saturday, February 11, DiBella
Entertainment's popular "Broadway Boxing" series will make its debut in
Biloxi, MS, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, with the highly
anticipated ring return of rising junior welterweight contender Regis "Rougarou"
Prograis (18-0, 15 KOs). He will be defending his NABF title for the
first time against Colombian Wilfrido Buelvas (18-6, 12 KOs) in a
10-round bout. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rite
Hook Promotions in association with Hard Rock Casino. The "Broadway
Boxing" series is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX,
and Christos Steak House.
A native of New Orleans, Prograis was forced to abandon his home in
2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He was enrolled in six different
high schools while moving all around Texas before graduating and
settling in Houston. Looking for an outlet to channel his frustration,
Prograis embarked on an amateur boxing campaign that culminated with an
87-7 record over a four-year span, before turning pro in 2012. Given his
relentless approach inside the ropes, Prograis' father gave him the
nickname "Rougarou", which, in New Orleans folklore, is a mythical
Trained by Bobby Benton out of Houston's Main Street Gym, Prograis
signed with DiBella Entertainment in late 2014 and saw his career soar
the following year. In 2015, Prograis moved up to competing in eight-
and 10-round bouts, was included among ESPN's "Prospects to Watch", and
made his ShoBox debut on SHOWTIME. Three consecutive appearances on "ShoBox:
The New Generation" included decisive victories over 11-0-1 Amos Cowart
and 14-0-2 Abel Ramos as well as a crushing first-round stoppage of the
experienced Aaron Herrera. Prograis made his New York debut in his last
bout on June 25 at Barclays Center, stopping Luis Florez in four rounds
to capture the NABF belt. Ranked no. 8 by the WBC, Prograis was
sidelined for several months due to an injury suffered at the gym and is
anxious to get back into the ring.
"I'm really excited to finally get back inside the ring," said
Prograis. "It's been a while and I've been training since my last fight
in New York. What makes this even better is that I'll be fighting in
front of my home crowd because Biloxi is about an hour drive from New
Orleans. I've fought in Mississippi twice already and had excellent
performances and I plan on making this my third."
"With three impressive outings in front of a national audience and a
high ranking, Regis Prograis is on the cusp of making his mark on the
world stage," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Now
that he is healthy, Prograis will pick up where he left off with another
dominant performance in front of fans close to home. Broadway Boxing is
a brand that continues to expand and I am thrilled to bring the series
to Biloxi at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino."
Junior middleweight prospect Eric Walker (14-0, 7 KOs) will fight on
the undercard in his DBE debut. The 33-year-old from Plaquemine, LA,
turned pro in 2013, after serving 13 years in a Louisiana penitentiary
on a conviction of armed robbery. It was in prison that Walker found his
passion for boxing, compiling a record of 61-1 in the prison boxing
system. Walker would like his story to be an inspiration to the youth
not to make the same mistakes he did. It was in December 2015 when
Walker faced unbeaten 13-0 southpaw favorite Christopher Pearson that
the world took notice of his heart and talent. Fighting on a Premier
Boxing Champions card on Spike TV, Walker handed Pearson his first
defeat via eight-round unanimous decision in a "Fight of the Year"
candidate. On June 25, 2016, Walker went the 10-round distance for the
first time to seize the WBC Continental Americas 154lb. belt.
Returning to the ring for the first time since 2015, light
heavyweight contender Cedric Agnew (28-2, 14 KOs) will also appear on
the card in an eight-round bout. A former USBA and WBC-USNBC titlist,
Agnew, who is a Chicago native that later relocated to Houston,
challenged Sergey Kovalev for the WBO world light heavyweight
championship in 2014.
"We are finally gaining momentum with professional boxing along the
Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina that our company has worked very hard
to achieve," said William Hunter, President of Rite Hook Promotions.
"There has always been a market for boxing in Biloxi, and a lot of great
fighters have competed here including Regis Prograis. We are building a
solid foundation with the Hard Rock Casino Biloxi and a partnership with
DiBella Entertainment that will ensure more champions and future
champions will be able