Regis Prograis’ victory over Ivan Redkach has been overturned from a technical decision to a TKO win by the Georgia State Athletic Commission.
Prograis (26-1, 22 KOs) dropped Redkach (23-6-1, 18 KOs) with a right hand to the body in the sixth round and the Ukrainian was left reeling on the canvas in agony, before being stretchered out of the ring at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia.
Referee Jim Korb deemed the shot to be a low blow rather than handing ‘Rougarou’ a stoppage victory, despite replays showing that the shot had not fallen below the belt line and went to the scorecards to award Prograis a technical decision.
The 32-year-old vented his frustration after the contentious result and on social media, but was given his justice on Monday when the Georgia Commission changed the result to a sixth round TKO win, as reported by the editor of boxrec.com and The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger.
“FYI: I received the official results of the Prograis fight this morning which stated it was a technical decision,” the BoxRec.com editor tweeted.
“After talking to the Georgia commission this morning, they admitted it was a mistake. The result has been changed to @RPrograis winning by TKO6.”
FYI: I received the official results of the Prograis fight this morning which stated it was a technical decision. After talking to the Georgia commission this morning, they admitted it was a mistake. The result has been changed to @RPrograis winning by TKO6.
— Waiting to Rank Efe Ajagba In the HW Top Ten (@BoxrecGrey) April 19, 2021
Regis Prograis was yelling in the ring “give me my knockout!” after his fight with Ivan Redkach was ruled a technical decision victory. Now, he has his TKO after the Georgia Commission changed the result, per manager Sam Katkovski. What a bizarre scene that was!
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) April 19, 2021
Prograis put on a dominant display on the undercard of Jake Paul’s first round knockout of former UFC fighter Ben Askren on Saturday’s Triller Fight Club show, reflected initially by two scores of 60-54 and another of 59-54.
The former Super Lightweight world champion secured his second victory since a sole defeat to unified world champion, Josh Taylor after stopping Juan Heraldez last October.
Prograis remains keen to face four-weight world champion, Adrien Broner and also harbours hopes of winning a world title again at 140lbs before an inevitable move up to Welterweight.
“Deep down he [Broner] knows I’m way too dangerous,” Prograis said of a fight with Broner to Pro Boxing Fans in February.
“I’m faster than him, I feel like I’m tougher than him, I’m definitely stronger than him, my chin is hard.
“How can you beat me? What can you do to beat me especially if I’m on my game that night?
“The world knows don’t come knocking on this door.
If I ever fight him I guarantee I’ll hurt him and I think that if I hurt him bad enough, the way I train and the way I fucking hit and how hard I hit, if I hurt him bad enough I’m going to damage him and it might be one of his last fights.”