The pair are set to face each other at junior welterweight on December 9th, 2023, which will mark Haney’s first fight at the weight class. A win for ‘The Dream’ would make him a two-weight world champion with Prograis’ WBC belt. And if that were to happen, a move to welterweight could materialize.
Haney is already pushing above the weight class at 135 while also looking comfortable at 140 due to the size advantage he has over most of his opponents. And if Terence Crawford does end up vacating his belts, as he is expected to do, a win for Haney over Prograis would put him in the mix for those belts. But before Haney can do that, he must secure a win against Prograis.
“On paper, this is a tough fight because it’s my first fight at a heavier weight division. I’m comfortable with the plan I have. God willing, I’m going to be stronger and faster than ever. I’m going to dominate him, and the welterweight division will be put on notice,” Haney stated
Nevertheless, a move to 147 does diminish the chances of other big fights against Shakur Stevenson and Gervonta Davis. Both fighters campaign at 135, which is why a jump of two weight classes to take on Haney anytime soon is unlikely. Although that may be the case, Haney’s plan of action is clear in that the boxer wants to become the main man in boxing.
“Regis is going to be trying to knock me out. That’s exactly what I need him to be trying to do. This is what you do when you are the youngest promoter in boxing. I’m the real face of boxing. December 9. Legacy and Money,” Haney