In an electrifying contest witnessed by a crowd of over 16,000 at San Francisco's Chase Center on Saturday night, Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) asserted his dominance, securing the WBC super lightweight championship with a decisive unanimous decision victory over Regis Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs).
All three judges unanimously scored the fight at 120-107, aligning with my own assessment that highlighted Prograis's difficulties in closing the distance and executing effective punches. Compubox statistics underscored Prograis's challenges, revealing a meager connect percentage of 9.9%, translating to just 36 landed punches throughout the bout. Notably, Prograis achieved a round-high of only two punches in both the 2nd and 9th rounds. Ringside, boxing legend Zab Judah openly expressed admiration, affirming that Haney's performance solidified his standing among the best at 140 pounds. Haney, emphasizing newfound strength in this weight class, reaffirmed his readiness to take on any challenger.
Post-fight, attention turned to potential future opponents, with the names of Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, and Teofimo Lopez emerging during the press conference. Team Haney, led by promoter Eddie Hearn, is set to strategize and decide on the next steps, contemplating potential locations like Saudi Arabia or a return to San Francisco.
Prograis acknowledged Haney's superiority, praising his exceptional footwork and speed. Despite four months of rigorous training, Prograis found himself outmatched by Haney's elusive speed and precise control of distance, reminiscent of his previous bout against Danielito Zorrilla. Prograis expressed a desire to become a three-time champion before venturing into MMA.
Haney's remarkable performance, was nothing short of spectacular. The post-match atmosphere resonated with Haney's belief in deserving the Best Fighter of the Year award, complemented by the prospect of his father, Bill Haney, being honored as Trainer of the Year. Triumphing over both Vasiliy Lomachenko and Regis Prograis in the same year, Haney has undeniably elevated himself among the super lightweight elite, showcasing not only his boxing prowess but also his ability to draw crowds and challenge anyone in the 140-pound division.
In my Opinion, Haney exhibited a masterclass in controlled and fundamental Boxing
Haney vs Prograis