Houston Athletic Fencing Center, Houston, Texas, June 27, 2014 – A.T.R. Boxing’s red-hot
prospects ‘Rougarou’ Regis Prograis (10-0, 8KO), Jesse ‘Speedy’ Gonzales (3-0 2KO) and Jose
Abilio Garcia (1-0) thrilled, excited and entertained fight fans at Big Lou Savarese’s ‘H-Town Fight
Night” card. Prograis (pronounced Pro Gray) continues to turn heads in the boxing world with his
explosive power and strength. Gonzales gets another knockout on his ledger demonstrating that
power and finesse are a deadly tandem in the squared circle. Also on the card, Garcia makes a
successful debut in the professional ranks.
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’ ring walk, which included a werewolf howl and a ‘rougarou’ mask which he donned until
arriving inside the ring, caught spectators by surprise and foreshadowed the impending carnage
which was to take place inside the ring.
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. His opponent, a
wily veteran, attempted many tactics to slow the assault. There was even a wardrobe malfunction as
his opponent gained a much needed break to have his trunks secured with tape to prevent his
unmentionables being displayed to the amused crowd.
The second round found a determined ‘Rougarou’ setting up a marksman straight left hand with a
right hook which quickly floored his opponent. The game boxer beat the count but to no avail with
the corner halting the bout to prevent him from taking further abuse.
“The first round I felt him out, worked the body a bit and took mental notes as to what type of fight he
was fighting”, Prograis relayed. “The guy was crafty, he held me, he tried to head-butt me, and his
pants came down giving him a nice rest. The second round I knew I had to keep my distance and
not let him grab me. I had to bring it so that he could not use his veteran mojo to slow up the fight.
The left hand I caught him with felt good.”
In his third fight lightweight Jesse Gonzales showed his class, his speed and his power. He had a
decisive speed advantage and it showed as he peppered his opponent with counters and
combinations throughout, knocking him down twice in the second round to score a TKO victory.
“It felt really good. I have seen this guy fight a few times and he is a rough customer. I knew he
would bring it and that I would need to be smart and look for openings for my counter shots”
Gonzales explained. “I think this knockout is a testament to the body shots I hit him with. That is
what I am working on with my coach. Body work and transforming my game for the professional
Jose Abilio Garcia won a decisive decision in his professional debut. Garcia dropped his taller
opponent in the first round and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
Regis Prograis, Jesse Gonzales, and Jose Abilio Garcia are managed by Above The Rest Boxing
and train in Houston, Texas. Keep an eye out for these young talented prospects.