Regis Prograis, the reigning WBC super lightweight champion, is gearing up for one of the most eagerly awaited fights of 2023 against the former undisputed lightweight champion, Devin Haney. The bout is scheduled to take place on December 9 at the Chase Centre in San Francisco. Despite holding the title, Prograis appears to be overshadowed by the 25-year-old Haney, who is making a leap into a higher weight class.
Prograis: The Overlooked Champion
Prograis, with an impressive record of 29-1 and a staggering 24 knockouts, feels disrespected and overlooked amidst the hype surrounding Haney. The boxing champion lost his WBA title in 2019 but quickly bounced back to reclaim his championship status in November 2022 by knocking out Jose Zepeda. Unlike some of his more ostentatious counterparts, Prograis leads a humble and unpretentious lifestyle, which he believes contributes to his lack of recognition.
Haney: The Flamboyant Challenger
Devin Haney, the challenger, holds an undefeated record of 30-0 and is well-known for his tactical skills in the ring. Haney's name has resonated more with fans and on pound-for-pound lists, despite Prograis's distinguished career at 140 pounds. Haney earned his undisputed lightweight champion title in June 2022 after a unanimous 12-round decision against Australian boxer-brawler George Kambosos Jr.
Clash of Styles: Power vs Tactics
This upcoming match promises to be a riveting clash of styles. Prograis is known for his power-punching style, while Haney is lauded for his tactical acumen. Prograis is determined to 'destroy' Haney in the forthcoming bout, emphasizing that Haney will face a 'reality check' and that the fight will be a 'super rude awakening' for him.