One week to go! Relikh: I’m smarter than Prograis

One week to go! Relikh: I’m smarter than Prograis
Kiryl Relikh Eduard Troyanovsky WBSS quarter Finals

Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), Belarus’ WBA title-holder, believes Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KOs), the WBC Diamond champion, is ‘in for a surprise’ in their WBSS super-lightweight semi-final April 27 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA, USA.

Relikh, who is training in Miami, defeated Russia’s tricky Eduard Troyanovsky by a unanimous decision, with all judges scoring it 115-113 in favour of the ‘Mad Bee’, to reach the semi-final.

What is your assessment of your performance against Troyanovsky?
“I wasn’t entirely satisfied with my performance against Troyanovsky. His style was quite inconvenient, as he didn’t engage. I am convinced that Prograis’ style will suit me much better.”

What is your opinion of Prograis and the challenge he presents?
“Regis Prograis is, without a doubt a good boxer, but he’s not faced, yet, anyone like me. He’s in for a surprise.”

What areas do you think you have the advantage over Prograis?
“I’m smarter than him, and I’ve had a much better boxing school.”

What is your prediction for the fight?
“There is not a single doubt in my mind that I’ll beat Prograis.“

You have fought a lot of fights ‘away from home’ – are you excited to once again be fighting on a big fight card in the United States? 
“No matter where a fight takes place, the purpose is to win. I am always calm and I like fighting away from home. Of course, fighting in the United States is giving great exposure, so this is an excellent motivation as well.”

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh
  • Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete
18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti
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Daxx Khan has been a regular member of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Show since 2011, throughout his over two decades involved with the sport of boxing he has owned his own gym, currently is a Coach with "Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing", has covered over 175 world title fights across the globe, worked for two sanctioning body organizations, written for multiple major sporting news outlets. The first world title fight he covered was in 1991 while still attending NYU when he accompanied boxing media Icon Bert Sugar to the "Terrible" Terry Norris versus "Sugar" Ray Leonard WBC Super Welterweight title fight which Norris won by wide unanimous decision. Daxx is also former USA Boxing Coach and representative for "The World Boxing Federation".

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