Bayou City Events Center, Houston, TX, Dec. 11
By Peter Lim
Prograis (15-0, 12 KOs) and Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KOs) enter the ring undefeated with relatively even records and both represent each other's toughest test to date. But Prograis' style poses much more of a conundrum to Ramos than vice versa. Prograis is a difficult-to-solve lefty while Ramos is more of a garden variety right-handed boxer-banger.
Prograis makes himself an elusive target by fighting from awkward southpaw stances, much like Pernell Whitaker did in his heyday. Working behind his jab, he tattoos Ramos with flurries upstairs and down from unexpected angles. When Ramos goes on the offensive, Prograis slips, dips and counters with a vengeance. Prograis stops Ramos in the sixth round with a multi-punch combination punctuated by a straight left to the body in a fight that turns out to be more one-sided than what their records had suggested on paper.
Ramos is one tough customer. What a nasty and unfortunate cut. Hopefully he'll learn from this loss and comes back a better fighter.