According to ESPN, if Haney were to beat Prograis, then a unification fight with Teofimo Lopez would follow, as the ‘Takeover’ has the WBO belt.
The news would rule out a fight against Shakur Stevenson, who is the current WBC mandatory for Haney at 135.
Bill Haney has now indicated that Devin Haney will likely move up and challenge Regis Prograis for his WBC super-lightweight world title next, not defend vs Shakur Stevenson. He said they will next eye a unification vs WBO super-lightweight world champion Teofimo Lopez. [@ESPN] pic.twitter.com/wRJhGFr9Zw
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) July 23, 2023
The move should not come as a surprise since Haney has nothing else to prove at lightweight having become undisputed.
Not only that, but Haney has made it known that it has not been the easiest thing to make 135 lbs.
Although that may be the case, Shakur Stevenson has had a few words to say about the links with fighting Haney as he questioned if there were ever any real intentions in the first place.
“I don’t think they want to fight me. They have no real interest in fighting me right now. They know how dangerous I am. Being that he’s having a hard time making weight [for 135], I don’t think he really wants to get in the ring.
“We’re working behind the scenes right now. There’s a lot of work being done by my team by my management, and we’re doing our best to try and make the fight happen,” Stevenson