Undefeated Titans Regis Prograis and Joel Diaz Jr. to Battle for NABF Title on June 9 at Turning Stone Resort Casino during Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend
Junior Welterweights Regis Prograis and Joel Diaz Jr. headline “ShoBox: The New Generation” title fight where only one will walk away with the NABF title and an unblemished record
Trained by Bobby Benton out of
’s Main Street Gym, Regis
Prograis (19-0, 16 Houston KOs) is
among ESPN’s “Prospects to Watch.” Three consecutive appearances on “ShoBox:
The New Generation” included decisive victories over 11-0-1 Amos Cowart and
14-0-2 Abel Ramos, as well as a crushing first-round stoppage of the
experienced Aaron Herrera. Prograis made his debut at the New York on Barclays
Center June 26, 2016,
stopping Luiz Florez in four rounds to capture the NABF belt. Ranked no. 4 by
the WBC, Prograis was sidelined for several months due to an injury suffered at
the gym, but returned on February
11 of this
year to score a first-round knockout versus Wilfrido Buelvas in defense of his
Joel Diaz Jr. (23-0, 19
KOs) turned pro in 2010 following an outstanding 85-10
amateur career. Diaz headlined ShoBox in May 2014, earning a 10-round unanimous
decision over 14-1 Canadian prospect Tyler Asselstine. His successful 2014
campaign continued with a 3rd round
knockout against 8-1 Kevin Aguilar and a 4th round knockout with one body shot over
veteran Pedro Navarette that December. In 2016, Diaz scored three wins by
stoppage versus former WBC Youth titlist Abraham Gomez, Brazilian champion
Joaquim Carneiro and 15-1 Mario Beltre.
The June 9th ShoBox card at Turning Stone also includes a middleweight bout between Steve Rolls (15-0, 9stopping 9-0-1 prospect and amateur standout Steed Woodall in four rounds. He has since earned two knockout victories in 2016. Rolls had a very successful amateur career, competing on both the 2009 and 2010 Canadian National boxing team, finishing with an 83-14 record overall.
KOs) andDemond “D’Bestatit” Nicholson ( 17-1-1, 16 KOs). A pro since 2011, Rolls, from , earned the biggest victory of his career in his ShoBox debut
on Toronto December 11, 2015,
Nicholson is a 24-year-old middleweight from Laurel, MD, with devastating power, scoring all but one of his wins by knockout, including 10 knockout wins during the first round. He has won seven fights with one draw since his only defeat in 2014. Nicholson has impressive wins over former world title challenger Milton Nunez and former IBF Inter-Continental champion Joshua Okine. He is coming off of a draw against 16-0 Immanuwel Aleem, who recently stopped Ievgen Khytrov in a wild back-and-forth brawl that aired on Showtime, though Nicholson appeared to control the action with his size and consistent jab. As an amateur, Nicholson accumulated a record of 110-15 before turning pro in July 2013.
Host of the June 9th event, the Oneida Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino, an award-winning destination resort, continues to distinguish itself as a premier venue for fight-of-the-year level boxing. The June fight will mark Turning Stone’s 22nd nationally-televised boxing event, cementing the resort as a leading destination for televised combat sports. Turning Stone is celebrated for its noteworthy boxing events such as boxing legend Mike Tyson selecting the resort as the venue for his world debut as a promoter, Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali making her boxing debut at Turning Stone and in April 2015, Turning Stone was selected to host “Fight of the Year” contender – Matthysse vs. Provodnikov – over arenas in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. Turning Stone features award-winning, world-class amenities including four hotels, more than 20 signature restaurants and dining options, two spas, five golf courses, an all-new 125,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, an expansive Event Center, several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife venues.
The two voices calling the action for Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” are blow-by-blow announcer Barry Tompkins and analyst Steve Farhood, who will both be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame the same weekend of the ShoBox event at Turning Stone.
Prograis vs. Diaz Jr. is a 10-round NABF title bout, presented by DiBella Entertainment. The “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast on Showtime will begin at /PT. Doors will open at , with the first bout at
Tickets for Prograis vs. Diaz Jr. on June 9 at Turning Stone, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and AASHA Record Breakers, are on sale now and can be purchased for $65 for ringside, $50, $40 and $30 (may be subject to additional fees) in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster.
Professional media requesting credentials for the June 9th boxing event must email Kelly Abdo, PR Manager for Turning Stone Resort Casino at email@example.com.
A renowned, award-winning destination resort in Upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino features world-class amenities including four hotels, two luxurious spas, five golf courses, more than 20 dining options, a 125,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, a cabaret style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, and several nightlife venues. Conveniently located 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33, Turning Stone was named “Best Countryside Hotel/Lodge” in 2015 and “Most Excellent Golf Resort” in 2010 by Condé Nast Johansens.Turning Stone has also earned the prestigious Forbes Four Star Award for The Lodge, Wildflowers restaurant and Skʌ:nʌ́: spa, and for 12 consecutive years, the AAA Four Diamond Award for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers restaurant.