Unleashing Power: Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis Showdown
The boxing world is buzzing with anticipation as Devin Haney prepares for a power-packed clash against WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis on DAZN, set for Saturday, the 9th. The strategic shift to the 140-pound weight class is generating excitement, marking a departure from the strenuous process of shedding water weight to meet the 135-pound limit, a challenge that has left its mark on Haney's body throughout his career.
The Weight Class Advantage
Despite the seemingly modest five-pound difference between 135 and 140, Eddie Hearn, Haney's promoter, confidently asserts that this move will infuse more authority into Haney's punches, surprising many in the boxing community. However, a note of caution is sounded against Haney adopting a toe-to-toe strategy with Prograis. The potential risks of engaging in a firefight loom large, raising the specter of regrettable outcomes, including a knockout.
"People believe Devin Haney will punch harder at 140 with the additional weight added. Don’t forget the stress that he put on his body to make 135 was brutal," say sources. However, it's stressed that Haney might not necessarily exhibit a significant increase in power, and attempting to outslug Prograis might prove a risky venture.
The Promotional Buildup
At the final press conference, Eddie Hearn expressed contentment with the promotional buildup, highlighting the entertaining exchanges between Bill Haney and Evins Tobler. Despite Haney's relocation from the Bay Area, Hearn foresees a sold-out event in San Francisco, with Californians offering remarkable support.
Regarding Tobler's role, Hearn dismisses him as irrelevant outside of strength and conditioning but acknowledges his effectiveness in adding spice to the pre-fight banter. The true test, however, awaits in the ring on Saturday night.
Haney is expected to or should hit harder at 140, recognizing Prograis' punching power while emphasizing the underrated boxing skills that could play a pivotal role in the matchup. The anticipation for the fight, evident in ticket sales and digital engagement, remains a central theme, creating substantial excitement for the impending showdown.
"Looking ahead, it's my belief that the initial rounds will unfold as a chess match, with both fighters gauging each other's speed, timing, and movement. As the fight progresses, I believe Haney's superior speed of both feet and hands will give him the edge, leading to a points decision victory and the acquisition of another world title."
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