Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Undercard Predictions: Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach

Published 04/13/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


The highly anticipated clash between Jake Paul and Ben Askren is not only about celebrity boxing, but has much more to add. Under the sensational headliner, there are a couple of serious boxing clashes which have the potential to garner rightful attention from the fans.

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The 10-round super lightweight battle between former champion Regis Prograis and Ivan Redkach is one such fight. Both elite southpaws are currently looking for a way to the world title, and the upcoming fight will play a pivotal role in that.

Although Prograis appears to be the favorite amongst them, Redkach will have his chances inside the ring. Akin to ‘Rougarou’, Redkach has also been an elite. So, he can utilize a handful of tools in his favor.

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5’8” tall Regis Prograis will fall an inch shorter in front of Ivan Redkach, with a 4” reach disadvantage. Both men are hard-hitters and can land flush at any point. These factors intensify their upcoming fight.

Stylistically, they are alike, and it will give Redkach the chance to shoot from range. His rangy jabs can be a trouble for Prograis, but only if the ex-champion chooses not to counter. Regis Prograis is a reputed counter puncher, and with a record of 25 wins and 1 loss, he is rightfully the favorite. Moreover, Prograis has claimed 23 of those wins via knockout.

After becoming the world champion against Kiryl Relikh, ‘Rougarou’ defended it successfully until he suffered the maiden defeat of his career against Josh Taylor. However, he returned to win column with another TKO over Juan Heraldez and is ready to meet Ivan Redkach.’

Meanwhile, 23-5-1 as a pro, Ivan Redkach was on a three-fight win streak before suffering his fifth career loss against Danny Garcia in January 2020. While the win could have landed him up in the title picture, Redkach lost his relevancy and is over a year inactive from the boxing ring.

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However, with 18 KOs under his belt, Redkach can rightfully look into the eyes of Regis Prograis and try to utilize his best game into the display. He is yet to taste a world championship in his career and hasn’t won any major belt. So, a win over Prograis will open up the gate for the bigger fights.

Prediction: Regis Prograis beats Ivan Redkach via knockout (sixth round)

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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