We analyze the credentials of Devin Haney and Regis Prograis as the pair get set to battle it out for the WBC super lightweight world title at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA, in December.
On Saturday, December 9th, Devin Haney will bid to become a two-weight world champion as he steps up to super lightweight to face WBC title holder Regis Prograis at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Both of these fighters come into the contest with a bit of a point to prove after their last bouts.
Some observers felt Haney was lucky to be awarded the victory against Vasyl Lomachenko, while Prograis produced a labored display as the hometown fighter in his last defence against Danielito Zorrilla.
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|Bill Haney/Ben Davison
|IBF, WBA, WBO lightweight
|WBC super lightweight
|W (UD) Vasyl Lomachenko (May 2023)
|W (SD) vs Danielito Zorrilla (June 2023)
Despite being just 25, Haney has already had 30 professional fights and in the early stages of his career he had bouts in Mexico as he was too young to obtain a professional licence in many American states.
Haney has been promoted by Matchroon since 2019 and trains under both his father Bill and Ben Davison.
The Dream became a world champion in 2019 as he stopped Zaur Abdullaev in the fourth round to claim the WBC lightweight crown.
The following year he picked up a huge victory with a unanimous decision win over Yuriorkis Gamboa and he backed that up with another points win over veteran Venezuelan Jorge Linares.
Haney defended his belt against 32-1-1 Joseph Diaz in December 2021 and the following year he became the undisputed king of the division by outpointing the undefeated Australian George Kambosos Jr in Melbourne.
Haney beat Kambosos Jr again later in 2022 in another rematch as the away fighter, before defending his titles against Ukrainian superstar Vasyl Lomachenko in May 2023.
The 25-year-old was awarded a unanimous decision win over Lomachenko but the result was not without controversy, with a number of pundits and fans feeling the decision should have gone the other way.
Haney could have remained at lightweight as there were a few options available.
A showdown with Shakur Stevenson could be on the agenda at some point and he still holds the IBF, WBO and WBA titles, but instead he chose to move up in class and challenge for honors at super lightweight.
Haney is one of the star names in boxing right now and he currently sits seventh on The Ring magazine’s pound-for-pound list, a win over Prograis would raise his stock further and potentially push him a little further up those rankings.
|Lack of power
Regis Prograis spent his early years in New Orleans, Louisiana, but relocated to Houston in his mid-teens.
During his time in Texas, he began training at Savannah Boxing Club alongside former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield and went on to enjoy a successful stint in the amateurs - posting an 87-7 record before turning professional in 2012.
Prograis impressed in his early career and was highlighted as an ESPN Prospect of the Year candidate in 2015, but his career really took off in 2018 as he claimed the interim WBC lightweight title with a second-round win over Julius Indongo.
He then entered the World Boxing Super Series, opening the tournament with a victory over former WBO lightweight champion Terry Flannagan.
In his next WBSS fight, Prograis claimed the WBA title with a sixth-round stoppage of Kiryl Relikh, but then suffered the first and only defeat of his career so far, losing by majority decision to Josh Taylor, who was also unbeaten at that point.
Rougarou became a two-time world champion in November 2022 by winning the vacant WBC title with an 11th round win over Jose Zepeda and has since defended that title against Danielito Zorrilla.
|Natural at weight