Devin Haney Outclasses Regis Prograis To Become The WBC Super Lightweight Champion

Devin Haney became the new WBC junior welterweight champion with a dominant victory over Regis Prograis.

The American outclassed his opponent to win every round on his way to a unanimous decision win. Coming into the fight, Haney had the pressure to perform in front of his home fans in the Bay Area as he had his first fight here since he became a professional in 2015. The build-up for the fight was fiery, with both sides promising to knock each other out. However, it was not the competitive fight that fans hoped for, as Haney’s skills proved too much.

Prograis sought to impose his will on Haney in the opening couple of rounds. However, the Dream’s quality showed as he countered with a right hand as the jab was imposed early on. The same story followed in the second with Haney’s right hand and an uppercut connecting as he set up an early lead.

The right hook discussed in the build-up grazed Haney’s head in the third, as Prograis sought to fight back. Haney’s superior speed and footwork, though, was noticeable. A straight right down the pipe dropped Prograis in the third as the fighter hit the canvas for the second consecutive fight.

With 50 seconds to go, Prograis got up to respond with a left hand before the end of the round. With Haney entirely in control of the fight, he began to toy with Prograis. A right-left combination hit Prograis at the end of the fifth. At the halfway stage in the sixth, another massive right hand sent Prograis staggering backwards. Blood began to pour from his nose as Haney’s jab was on point.

As the fight entered the latter stages, another big right hand buckled Prograis’ legs. Somehow, he managed to stay on his feet. Despite staying in the fight, Haney built up a considerable lead, winning a one-sided bout on the cards: 120-107, 120-107 and 120-107. The win made Haney a two-weight world champion as a unification fight could follow. Equally, Haney could move up to 147. As for Prograis, he must go back to the drawing board at the age of 34.

Reaction

“I did everything I said I was gonna do. I took (his left hand) away. Occasionally, I went into it to make him throw it and I’d counter it. Other than that, he tipped his left hand off. I hit him with a sharp right hand. I knew he had a habit and we capitalized off his habit of leaning in. At times, I wanted to go (for the knockout) and hit him with big shots, but my dad said, ‘Stay focused, stick to the game plan,” Haney

“That m***er****** good, I’m not gonna lie, he’s better than what I thought. I’m gonna give him credit. We still keep the same energy. I say what I mean, but I’m gonna tell the truth, Devin Haney is better than I thought, he is. His feet are faster, he’s quicker than I thought he was. I couldn’t seem to get to him. That’s all. He was quick. His power did surprise me. He does have power. It’s not a one-punch type of shot, but he’s quick. It’s the shot you don’t see. That’s the kind of power he has,” Prograis

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