The WBC champion faces a tricky test against the undefeated Haney, the former undisputed lightweight champion who is moving up. Prograis heads into the fight following a lackluster performance against Danielito Zorrilla. Despite coming out victorious, Prograis scraped through via a split decision in a fight where he had to get off the canvas.
The performance was scrutinized since it was in front of his home fans. In contrast, Haney is coming off the biggest win of his career following a unanimous decision win over the three-division champion Vasiliy Lomachenko. Prograis enters the champion’s backyard full of confidence.
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“I don’t think it’s going to be a problem. I really don’t see this being a hard fight. I really don’t, man. I been working with these guys out here in California, and I think that they’re actually better than Haney. I been sparring with bigger guys; faster guys; definitely have way more power than him. I been just doing what I need to do, so I really can’t see it being that hard a fight. Once I start landing it’s not going to be that hard of a fight,” Prograis said
Haney has predominantly made Vegas his home after moving there to dedicate himself to boxing. Ticket sales, however, have shown that boxing is alive and well in the Bay Area due to Haney, who has his first hometown fight since becoming a pro in 2015. The upper arena sections are open to cope with the increased demand. Expected fight night capacity was originally 16,000. The new section will now exceed those numbers as Haney faces the pressure to perform.