6/09/2017 – New York- In a rather brief Showbox card, people got HURT,
Regis Prograis (19-0-16K) v. Joel Diaz Jr. (23-0-19K)
In a battle of unbeaten punchers, Regis Prograis, NABF 140 lb. boss defended his NABF belt against Palmdale’s Diaz. Diaz said before the fight he was gonna’ “take it right to my opponent”. Well, he DID and he couldn’t have found a WORSE person to do that shit with. Diaz, sharp and accurate, was able to locate Prograis’ chin with some straight, lead right hands as he walked in and Regis could hardly contain his joy. As he ate Diaz’s shots up top, he landed some hard shit underneath, but Diaz didn’t seem concerned. He was in the second though, as the heavy and I DO mean HEAVY handed Prograis started to time Joel’s aggression and made him pay DEARLY. Man, this guy is POWERFUL. He started ramming Diaz with a cannon of a straight left and Joel was IMMEDIATELY in deep dookey.
Prograis landed that straight left with such stunning force that he had Diaz looking like a gymnast, doing summersaults on two of the four knockdowns, Regis served him with. Each time, Diaz re-entered the fray and Regis was like a Mako shark, he seemed to really be enjoying himself. At times, it seemed like Regis was standing straight up and STILL got great leverage on his shots. I’m SURE Diaz has never been hit like THIS before. After this four knockdown carnage, the ref (and probably Joel, too) had seen enough. Afterwards, the articulate and loquacious Regis called out Adrian Broner AND Terrance Crawford. Slow your roll, youngster. For SURE, he has the power to hurt ANYBODY at ’40 and he has the personality to match.
As for the once beaten Diaz, find a plan B man, if plan A proves THAT disastrous, swallow your pride and start boxing more. I’ve seen him spar in our gym and he has very good skills, maybe his cajones could use a little adjustment at times. I can’t WAIT to see Prograis again, against the upper echelon guys. Prograis entered the ring donning a fearsome looking werewolf mask and it matched his persona to a tee, FEARSOME, oh yeah, he is every BIT of THAT. Now, I have my Prograis progress meter on high alert. The end came at 2:55 of round two.
Steve Rolls (15-0-9K) v. Demond Nicholson (17-1-1-16K)
In this super middleweight hookup, given the ko percentage of these two, I was expecting bombs to be detonated all night. Though the action was sporadic, I was still hopeful. There was way to much stylin’ and profilin’ for THIS ‘ol guy’s taste. Slippin’ and dippin’ and a lotta’ missed shots, in fact I call it a ‘miss match’. Aside from a left hook to the temple of Nicholson, dropping him in the second, there really wasn’t much to crow about. Rolls didn’t turn pro until the age of 26 and at 33, he really didn’t show much urgency. Nicholson seemed the more skillful guy, in fact, I gave him a slight edge but he didn’t really act like he NEEDED this win. The win was split in favor of Rolls after eight lackluster rounds.
Jon Fernandez (12-0-10K) v. Juan Reyes (14-3-3-2K)
I can never understand why managers send their guy in with certain types of opponents. Juan Reyes has Joe Frazier’s style with Paulie Malinaggi power and folks THAT’s a BAD mixture, ESPECIALLY when he’s facing a guy with 10 sleep inducing wins in 12 outings. Reyes should’ve entered THIS fight on a damn dinner plate. He had NO shot. With TWO ko’s in 20 fights, you can’t just fight ANYBODY, unless you have superb boxing skills. Reyes rushed out at Fernandez like he needed to go to the rest room. He walked right into the eye of the storm and THIS storm punches hard. Reyes, with his buzz saw style DID have some early success, but with so little power it was just a matter of how, not WHEN. Midway through the opening round, Fernandez had Reyes’ shit timed and was punishing him with hard right hands and busting him up early. Reyes was in this battle with a cap pistol and Fernandez had an AK 47. After having a field day in the second, blasting away at the overmatched, make that, SERIOUSLY overmatched Reyes, Fernandez dropped a beauty of a right hand on the jaw and Reyes looked like he was gonna’ sit on his stool, problem WAS, his stool wasn’t in the ring and he landed flat on his back eliminating the need for a count. All things considered, this was a nice showcase for Spain’s Fernandez, who is managed by former champ Sergio (Maravilla) Martinez. Serg, you’ve had your appetizer, this guy’s too good to be fighting guys like Reyes even though Reyes has a HUGE heart.