Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas, April 24, 2014 – A.T.R. Boxing’s red-hot prospects ‘Rougarou’ Regis Prograis (8-0, 6KO) and Jesse ‘Speedy’ Gonzales (2-0 1KO) entertained the philanthropic crowd at this year’s installment of The Real Estate Council of Dallas annual “Fight Night” series. After his professional debut in April of 2012, Prograis (pronounced Pro Gray) has turned heads in the boxing world with his explosive power and strength. Gonzales, in only his second professional bout has shown patience and an elevated boxing acumen which always bodes well for a high caliper boxer in the making.
A rougarou (pronounced Roo gah Roo) is a legendary half-man half-beast werewolf-like creature from Louisiana folklore. New Orleanian ‘Rougarou’ Regis is its personification in boxing gloves.
Prograis latest victim was Felipe Reyes (5-2, 3 KOs) of Houston, Texas. In typical Regis Prograis fashion, he immediately pounced on Reyes at the opening bell landing punches with both hands to the head and body behind an educated southpaw jab. Reyes absorbed the punishment for about a minute and a half before hitting the canvas for a scored knockdown. Reyes, in true warrior fashion, got up, pressed on and made the bout an interesting affair. The action was back and forth, but the clear advantage in speed and power was evident as Regis mixed in fast combinations to head and body with single hard punishing power shots that snapped Reyes’ head back and buckled his knees.
During the bout Reyes sustained a cut and his right eye was nearly closed shut. Toward the middle of the sixth and final frame the referee called off the bout after a six punch combination wobbled the game competitor. The crowd was delighted with the action and voted that both Prograis and Reyes receive a bonus for fight of the night.
“I’m glad I got to use what I’ve been working on in the gym,” Prograis stated. “The guy never stopped coming and pushed me hard. I have to give him props as a true warrior and thank him for the bonus. It takes two soldiers to make a compelling fight. This fight was at 147 pounds, hopefully I can get my next one near the 140 pound limit, which is my actual weight class.”
In his two fight career lightweight Jesse Gonzales has experienced much of what is to be learned from a burgeoning boxing career. After being cut near the eyelid from a head butt and almost having his fight halted by the ringside physician, ‘Speedy’ Gonzales knocked out Rex Jackson, Jr (0-2) with a counter right hook in the third round of their scheduled four round contest.
“I pleaded with the doctor to let me continue. I have trained too hard and did not want the fight to be stopped. I felt that I was timing him and I would come out the victor regardless of the cut” Gonzales explained. “I was angry. My corner did a great job with the cut and I remained calm. I was not looking for a knockout, but it felt good when happened.”
Regis Prograis and Jesse Gonzales are managed by Above The Rest Boxing and train in Houston, Texas. Keep an eye out for these young talented prospects.
Record: 8-0, 6 KOs
Weight: Light Welterweight
Residence: Houston, TX
Trainer: Bobby Benton
Jesse Speedy Gonzales
Record: 2-0, 1 KO
Residence: Houston, TX
Trainer: Aaron Navarro