‘The Dream’ dominated Prograis to become the WBC junior welterweight champion after his first fight at the weight class. The win made him a two-weight world champion, but his weight was the main talking point after the fight. Haney rehydrated to 165 pounds on the night of the fight, 25 pounds over the weight limit as he approached super middleweight. Gervonta Davis called out Haney’s association with Victor Conte’s SNAC training programme. Conte was infamously jailed for ‘conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering’.
The counter to this narrative is that Haney was constantly making 135 when it became clear it was becoming tough. His weigh-ins for the George Kambosos Jr. fights showed that, which may have explained his lack of knockout power at lightweight. When Haney moved to 140, he dropped the division’s biggest puncher in Prograis. But his tendency to be bigger than his opponents has created the suggestion he is a weight bully.
Devin Haney is a weight bully every person he’s faced has been significantly smaller than him I’ve never seen in fighting anyone his own size , look at his resume he fights all small fighters and before his last 5 opponents the others were unknown opponents in Mexico #boxing
— boxing126883 (@Boxing10116) January 1, 2024
He either fights guys way smaller then him or he fights washed up guys (linares, gamboa)
— ZAY GREEDO (@ZAYGREEDO) January 2, 2024