Eddie Hearn has disclosed that Devin Haney is considering a fight against Regis Prograis as his next move. ‘The Dream’ recently defended his title against Vasiliy Lomachenko this month.
Leading up to the fight, the two lightweight contenders exchanged words, with Haney even pushing ‘Loma’ during the final weigh-in.
Eddie Hearn has stated that Devin Haney has now identified Regis Prograis as the fight he wants next for Prograis' WBC super-lightweight world title. Haney called Hearn to discuss this last week, and Hearn has now said: “I believe we can make that happen.” [@DAZNBoxing Show] pic.twitter.com/x2C7fqV4oP
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The intense buildup culminated in a 12-round battle between Haney and Lomachenko in Las Vegas. Throughout the fight, they traded blows, with many believing Lomachenko landed the better shots. However, the champion successfully defended his title, winning by unanimous decision. Given the controversial outcome, many demanded an immediate rematch between the two fighters.
Is Regis Prograis the right opponent for Devin Haney?
Nevertheless, Devin Haney seems to have a different agenda, according to Eddie Hearn’s revelation. The head of Matchroom Boxing, speaking on The DAZN Boxing Show, stated that the lightweight champion desires a match against Regis Prograis.
Meanwhile, ‘Rougarou’ scored a knockout victory over Jose Zepeda last November, securing the WBC light welterweight title in the process. Haney is now drawn to that championship belt, seeking to expand his collection.
Regis Prograis, however, doesn’t think a fight against Devin would favor ‘The Dream’. Although ‘Rougarou’ may not have the same level of recognition as the lightweight champion, he is still regarded as one of the planet’s best.
Prograis has faced off against notable opponents like Josh Taylor, Julius Indongo, Ivan Redkach, and more. Despite that, he claimed the WBC light welterweight title with a knockout victory last year.
In an interview with Mill City Boxing, Regis Prograis expressed his determination to hold onto the title. He also shared his thoughts on a potential bout against Haney.
Haney boxing career stats
Haney, the current lightweight world champion, boasts an impressive record in his division.
He has secured a total of five world titles at lightweight, with one being a championship elevation and the remaining four being victorious in lineal championship bouts.
During the interview, the light welterweight made it evident that he doubts Haney’s chances of prevailing. Prograis declared:“I love that fight, bro. Like if he, if he fought me like he fought ‘Loma’, I think I stop him. I honestly think I stop him. The left hands he was getting hit with, the jabs he was getting hit with. Bro, ‘Loma’ is a 130-pounder… I’ve been at 140 my whole career. So him coming up, I think I would stop him. I really feel like I would not just stop him, but hurt him.”
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