Haney heads into the fight with the biggest win of his career against Vasiliy Lomachenko at lightweight. Following the fight, Haney vacated all his belts at 135 to take on Prograis for his WBC belt at 140. In contrast, Prograis aims to improve on his last performance against Danielito Zorrilla. The WBC champion scraped through with a split-decision win.
The presser raised many issues, including whether Haney could take shots at 140. As for Prograis, Bill Haney suggested that Regis had been working on his right hook, meaning that team Haney may have been watching his camp. As the presser progressed, the Haneys, Prograis and Regis’ S&C coach, Evins Tobler, got into a war of words.