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HEY PROGRAIS…Postol To Indongo, Sorta the Same, or Very Different?

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Boxing is called the theater of the unexpected, but many of the “surprises” repeat themselves fairly regularly.

F’rinstance, Fighter A is getting ready for a showdown with Fighter B, and both see it as a huge test. Biggest test of Fighter A’s career, in fact. Time ticks down and then word pops up..

Uh oh…Fighter B, injured in camp.

Is the fight in jeapardy? Sometimes yes…sometimes both sides agree to postpone the event, as we saw when Sergey Lipinets hurt himself in camp, so his fight with Mikey Garcia got pushed.

Regis Prograis (click for highlights) got that unexpected news, that his foe for a March 9 faceoff, Viktor Postol, had hurt himself in camp. Fight off? Postponed? Or option C, a fill in foe?

C, he selected…

Julius Indongo, already in shape and awaiting an opportunity, will sub in for Postol against the Louisian, who makes Texas his home.

I asked “Rougarou” about the switcheroo…Is this a harder test..or in the same ballpark?

The Namibian Indongo is 35, and holds a 22-1 record, while Postol is 34, with a 29-1 record. Both men’s losses come courtesty of Terence Crawford, someone whom the lefty Prograis, in the right time and place, would like to waltz with.

“ I would say a harder test,” Prograis (20-0 with 17 KOs) told me. “Both Indongo and Postol are former champs. Just different styles.”

Could he offer some insight into those style differences?

“They are both long, rangy fighters. I feel Indongo is a little wilder with his punches but maybe has more power than Postol. But the biggest difference is that Indongo is a southpaw.”

There you go…

The stance difference is no small thing, but with almost a month to go, Prograis should have enough time to modify training and strategy. His promoter, Lou DiBella, said he was bummed for Postol, but he wanted he show to go on. “Regis wanted this sort of test, against a former world champ sort of fight…and he’s in with a former world champ.”

The vacant Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Championship will be up for grabs on Friday, March 9, in the 12-round main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota.

In the 12-round co-feature, undefeated 140-pound contenders Ivan Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KOs) and Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs) will square off in a Junior Welterweight World Title Eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Sergey Lipinets. Lipinets will defend his belt the following day, March 10, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® against undefeated three-division champion Mikey Garcia.

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