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  Devin Haney Dominates Regis Prograis
To Secure WBC 140-Title & P4P Ranking

By Andrew Lapachet
Photo: Miguel Barragan


Devin Haney (31-0,15 KO's) might have had doubters going into Saturday night fight, but after 12 brilliant rounds dismantling former WBC super-lightweight champion Regis Prograis (29-2, 24 KO's), there is no doubt Devin Haney is a star today and the future of boxing.

Saturday night he returned home to the Bay Area and faced what many regard as the dark horse of the super lightweight division at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA. The arena was sold out with a crowd of 16,000+. Many of whom were there to watch Haney.

Leading up to the fight, Prograis and his strength coach made it very clear that they believed that Prograis had a tougher childhood and because of that, he was going to win the fight. They constantly mocked Haney. Calling him a private school kid who had never been in a real street fight. Over and over, Prograis and his team would preach this nonsense like a broken record. Rather than giving in to their antagonizing and reciprocating their insults, Haney just sat back, often responding, "You'll see". On Saturday night, the former Undisputed Lightweight King did just that humbling Prograis over 12 full rounds and winning by a UD 120-107 (3X).

Haney came out like a fighter possessed in the first couple of rounds, walking the champ down and just simply out classing him. Defense, speed, and power were all showing up early for Haney, as he hurt Prograis in the second round with a right uppercut. By the end of round 2, Prograis was wobbled and showing signs of a damaged right eye. In the 3rd round, Haney's fast start paid off as he dropped the champion with a beautiful right hand. This punch really set the tone for the rest of the night for Haney. He was too fast, too big, and superior technically. Prograis got up, but his fighting spirit was gone. Having been hurt numerous times throughout the fight, the former champion would go on to land the fewest punches ever in a 12-round championship bout. After the fight, a humbled Prograis said, "He's better than I thought."

Being from the streets had done nothing for Prograis in this fight, because boxing is not about upbringing. If that was the case, the best boxers wouldn't come from the USA, they would come from all the worst places on Earth. America is far from 1st on that list, so their logic doesn't work. Does it help? Of course. But, its not the deciding factor, and far from it. The old saying is, "Skills pays the bills.", and that statement was very much what Haney showcased in front of his home crowd.

Haney proved that not all boxers need downtime, drug rehab, or Daddy issues to compete in the ring. Some men fight because they love the sport. Haney has proven very early that he is one of these men. No poverty driven motivation, just a man with a fire inside to be better than you. He told us he was going to show Regis Prograis he was on another level. After watching those 12-rounds it is hard to say that Prograis won a second of that fight.

Prograis stated after the fight that he might cross over to MMA after one final shot at a super lightweight title. Sooner or later, this may be his only option. At 34 years of age, it is difficult to imagine him having success over any of the top super lightweight contenders. Prograis would enter the octagon as one of the best overall fighters given his boxing background, along with some training he has had in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. The likeliness of success for him seems greater in the MMA.

Haney has said that he is open to facing everybody from 135 to 147lbs. Haney versus anybody at Super Lightweight seems like the right idea. The wrong idea is moving up to the Welterweight division. If the Haney's aren't calling out Terrance Crawford, why would they walk from potentially huge fights with Tank, Lopez, Garcia, or Stevenson? You can't say you want big fights while moving out of the division with the biggest fights in boxing. Right now, Haney is selling out arenas and becoming a regular PPV attraction. His 4 big rivals are all PPV fights, so why jump early? That wouldn't make sense. Building up to the fight we heard him say that 140lbs was easy to make, and we saw him brag about drinking freely during fight week. He's a star today, and at 25-years of age has the potential to be the star for the foreseeable future.


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