Regis Prograis took one look at a photo of a handcuffed Adrien Broner in court Monday and determined Broner’s legal problem impacted his bottom line, too.
“This dude f–king my money up,” Prograis stated in a re-Tweet of this BoxingScene.com story: https://www.boxingscene.com/adrien-broner-sent-jail-contempt-court–152968.
Less than 48 hours earlier, Prograis predicted that a bout between him and Broner would be the highest-profile fight that can be made within the 140-pound division, including the upcoming championship unification fight that’ll match Jose Ramirez against Josh Taylor.
Broner remains one of boxing’s most polarizing figures and consistently attracts higher viewership than most fighters that appear on Showtime. Prograis is a knockout artist and an elite junior welterweight who has lost only a majority decision to Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs), the IBF/WBA 140-pound champion.
Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) discussed possibly boxing Broner during a post-fight press conference Saturday night after the New Orleans native’s third-round, technical-knockout victory over Juan Heraldez (16-1-1, 10 KOs) at Alamodome in San Antonio.
“I think that’s a huge fight,” Prograis said. “I think for me, that’s a huge fight. Now you can say we’re like stablemates now [with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions], so I think that’s a huge fight, man. If me and Adrien Broner fight at 140, that’s the biggest fight you can make at 140. Whatever champion you have in any organization, if me and him fight for nothing, for no type of belts or nothing like that, that’s gonna be the biggest fight.
“You can put that on pay-per-view, and that’s gonna be the biggest fight, simply because of our personalities, we all know the same people and, you know, both of us like to talk a lot of sh-t and, you know, we’re entertainers, basically. So, I think that that’ll be a huge fight and now I think it actually – I’ve been wanting that fight for like years now. But I think now, it can really come to fruition now.”
When asked how he feels their fight would unfold in the ring, Prograis replied incredulously.
“What you want me to say, Adrien Broner’s gonna beat me?,” Prograis said. “I think I’ll whip his ass! I think I’ll whup Broner, you know? I don’t know how it’ll go, but I definitely think I’ll beat him.”
Cincinnati’s Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) hasn’t fought in the nearly two years since Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) beat him by 12-round unanimous decision in their WBA welterweight title fight in January 2019 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He is expected to return to the ring January 16 against an undetermined opponent in a fight Showtime would televise.
Broner, 31, was jailed Monday in Cleveland for contempt of court. The former four-division champion was scheduled to appear in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to explain his failure to pay an $830,000 judgment from a civil suit that stems from a June 2018 incident in which a woman accused Broner of sexually assaulting her at a Cleveland nightclub.
Broner has a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, during which he and his attorney have been ordered to prove he is complying in that case.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.