By Adam Baskin: Devin Haney will involved in his second big fight this year, challenging Regis Prograis for his WBC 140-lb title on December 9th.
Haney (30-0,15 KO) took to social media platform today to boast to his followers, letting them know he’ll be involved in his second big fight this year after his victory over Vasily Lomachenko in May.
It would have been better if Haney had stayed at 135 and defended against his WBC mandatory Shakur Stevenson rather than take flight, heading towards the perceived easier road against the 34-year-old Prograis, who looked like an over-the-hill fighter in his last title defense against Danielito Zorrilla last June.
Prograis was dropped by Zorrilla and hurt on two other occasions against a guy that had been dominated by Arnold Barboza Jr. last year.
While some of Haney’s followers praised him for taking on Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs), others pointed out that he should have lost to Lomachenko.
Haney got the decision, and it was an unpopular one, as he was boxed around the ring and looked bad getting dominated by the much smaller & older Lomachenko.
Devin has a bigger future ahead of him and is the more marketable of the two; hence, it wasn’t surprising that the judges gave it to him over Lomachenko, even though he appeared to lose.
Obviously, it wasn’t the way that Haney would have wanted to get a victory, as he was showered with boos as he left the ring. When you’re a fighter like Haney, who has very little power, you’ll take a win any way you can get it.
Loma & Regis n the same year.. these guys not doing that
— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) September 26, 2023
With the fight taking place in Haney’s hometown of San Francisco, California, at the Chase Center, fingers crossed there isn’t another controversial decision like his last one. Whoever wins the fight, the judges need to choose the right guy because it would look bad if another one of Haney’s bouts ended with a questionable decision.
“I’m going to have a lot of plans too, but we got to fight, and it’s it’s going to be a fight,” said Prograis on the Fight Hub TV forum.
“No, no, no. I’m not going to say that either,” said Prograis when asked if Haney is a ‘One-trick pony.’ I’m looking at him as a really good opponent; I’m not taking it lightly or nothing like that.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) September 26, 2023
“That’s what I want. We’ll see,” said Prograis when asked if he wanted to fight WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez. “You don’t know how things are going to go in boxing. It’s like the stock market. You don’t know what Stock is going to grow, but right now, Devin Haney.
“December 9th in San Francisco. He’s training, I know that,” said Prograis about Haney. “He lives here in Vegas, so he’s closer than me. ”