Regis Prograis wins over Terry Flanagan by unanimous decision in Ali Trophy quarterfinal

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NEW ORLEANS – It took a while for the hometown star – and the hometown crowd – to get going.

Once they did, Regis Prograis fed off his fans and delivered a win by unanimous decision over England’s Terry Flanagan Saturday night at UNO Lakefront Arena.

The victory – the featured event on the World Boxing Super Series card – allowed Prograis to retain the WBC interim super lightweight world championship and the WBC diamond title and advance to the semifinals of the Ali Trophy tournament.

“I showed I can go 12 rounds,” said Prograis, who had never before gone more than eight rounds in a fight. “I had fun. It was all fun for me.”

Prograis (23-0) failed to win by knockout for only the fourth time in his career. He was an easy winner on all three scorecards – 119-108, 118-109 and 117-110.

After a sluggish start, Prograis heated up in Round 6, landing several solid jabs.

In the eighth, Prograis knocked down Flanagan (33-2) with a left hook to the head – the first knockdown of Flanagan’s career. Prograis appeared poised to finish off the Englishman after landing several combinations, but Flanagan survived the round.

Prograis promised the WBSS would return for his semifinal against Kiryl Relikh, who won earlier this month.

“Stand up New Orleans,” he proclaimed. “We’re coming back!”

In the co-feature, Ivan “Beast” Baranchyk of Belarus claimed the vacant IBF Super-Lightweight title and advanced to the Ali Trophy semifinals by technical knockout following the seventh round when the referee, on advice of the physician at ringside, ruled Anthony Yigit of Sweden could not continue.

The 25-year-old Baranchyk improved to 19-0 with his 12th career knockout.

Baranchyk was the aggressor, delivering a flurry of combinations throughout the fight and opened a cut below the left eye of Ligit, whose only career blemish prior to Saturday was a draw. He lost for the first time in 23 career bouts.

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