Haney Vacates His Lightweight Titles

Devin Haney has vacated his lightweight titles in the run-up to his fight with Regis Prograis on December 2nd, 2023.

The ‘Dream’ is currently aiming to become a two-weight world champion, as a win over Prograis would give him the latter’s WBC title. And after having become undisputed at lightweight, Haney had nothing else to prove. The win over George Kambosos Jr. to secure the belts was followed up with a victory in the rematch and then against Vasily Lomachenko. Elsewhere, the boxer had been linked with a fight against Shakur Stevenson, who recently became the WBC champion at 135 following his win over Edwin De Los Santos.

The title had become vacant after Haney was stripped for moving up to 140, leaving the boxer with three belts: WBA, WBO and IBF. But now that the belts are vacated, Haney’s focus will be on conquering the 140-pound division. A victory over Prograis could set up a unification fight with either Teofimo Lopez for the WBO belt or a fight with Subriel Matias, the IBF champion. Outside of a title fight, a lucrative bout with Ryan Garcia could also follow. In addition, there is a chance that Haney could move up to 147, with the aim of becoming a three-division champion. But before those options are considered, Haney must overcome Prograis.

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“I did everything at 135 that I could. The biggest fight for me was making that Gervonta Davis fight, and his side showed no interest in making the fight. I’ve outgrown the division, so now I make my quest to 140 to become a two-division champion [against WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis on December 9th]. And after this fight, I look to become a three-division champion and move up to 147, [if] I’m successful in this fight [against WBC 140-lb champion Prograis,” Haney said 

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