Those comments come in the aftermath of Prograis’ victory over Danielito Zorrilla on June 17th, 2023.
Despite getting the victory, the split-decision win was underwhelming at a time when Prograis was intent on making a statement in his hometown of New Orleans.
The performance, however, would have gotten the attention of Bill Haney, who happened to be in attendance at the fight.
After all, Haney is considering moving up to 140 following the expiry of his three-fight deal with Top Rank.
Fighting Prograis would be a step up for his first fight, but Hearn is keen on making it happen, having worked with Haney previously.
“I think Devin Haney against Regis Prograis is a massive fight, and we would like to make that fight,” Hearn
If the fight were to get made, Prograis would have to improve exponentially. Fighting Haney is a high-risk, low-reward fight since the undisputed lightweight champion has no belt.
While that may be the case, a win would be huge for Prograis as the money generated would propel his career moving forward.
But there are other options available: unification fights with the IBF champion Subriel Matias, as well as a fight for Teofimo Lopez’s vacant WBO title, or an outside chance of a fight with the WBA champ Rolly Romero could occur.
Regardless of what the case may be, Hearn admitted that Prograis’ performance would have to improve.
“I know Regis Prograis is an unbelievable fighter. We know that, but it wasn’t a great performance. The pressure of hometown. More promotion, he was running ragged through the week.
“That’s all the things he wants as well. I think the lack of a full camp, maybe, but it wasn’t a good performance,” Hearn