San Francisco - Boxing made its grand return to the Bay Area on Saturday Dec 9th. Devin Haney (31-0, 15 KO) headlined a Pay Per View Event in front of a sold-out Chase Center against hard hitting 140 lb WBC champ Regis Prograis (29-2, 24 KO). The Native son Haney, did not let the hometown down, becoming a two division champion at the tender age of 25.
There were a number of questions going into the fight. How will Haney look in a heavier weight class? Often he’s been paned as having no power and a questionable chin due to being wobbled in an about vs. Jorge Linares in May of 2021. For Prograis, was it too much pressure fighting at home vs. Danilo Zorrilla that led to a split decision victory.
The first round was the closest as both fighters were tentative and felt each other out. In round two, Haney found his rhythm and never looked back. At Between rounds, early in the fight, Devin’s trainer and father Bill Haney said, “This is going to be a sparing session.” That’s what it looked like as the bout continued including a knock down in Round 3. “The Dream” was not done hurting Regis in the 7th and 9th as well.
Haney put on a master class befuddling Prograis with movement, ring generalship, combinations and a stiff jab. That led to severe inactivity by Regis. Things were so bad that the referee went to Rougarou’s corner multiple times and even took the Doctor once due to the blows taken. In the end, all three judges scored the fight 120-107 for the new champion Devin Haney.
Fighting in this new weight class made a “tremendous difference,” said Haney. He mentioned how new was able to recover and train with less pressure to get down to 135 lbs. As a kid, Devin dreamed of coming back home and put on a big event. Mission accomplished, now what's next?
Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing , promoter of this bout, said he would like to see Haney face fellow DAZN platform fighter Ryan Garcia. Garcia, who fight the week before. These two men have history as they faced each other six-times as amateurs.