Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) will make his super lightweight debut as he faces the WBC champion Regis Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs) on Saturday, December 9. DAZN will stream the bout, with the main card slated for an 8 p.m. ET start.
All eyes will be on “The Dream” as he pursues yet another title, this time at 140 pounds. Haney held four belts at lightweight (135 pounds) and is fresh off a controversial unanimous decision win over Vasiliy Lomachenko in May. Now the 25-year-old looks to add a two-division champion to his already impressive resume.
Prograis, on the other hand, has more than held his own at 140 pounds. Known for his sharp punching ability and an 82% knockout rate, the 34-year-old finally gets his first headliner. He squeezed out a close split decision win over Danielito Zorrilla in July. Prograis will want to make a statement to the lightweight division and hand Haney his first professional loss.
Haney is a -400 betting favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Prograis is the underdog at +300 odds.
Regis Prograis-Devin Haney super lightweight fight prediction
Haney joins several fighters who decided to add weight in pursuit of a title this year such as Katie Taylor, Jermell Charlo, and Demetrius Andrade. While all three each faced defeat, the prime takeaway post-fight was the adjustment in power. It’s important not to just look at it as just a five-pound difference, more so how will he react when hit?
Prograis underperformed in his last bout and is an underdog despite several years of experience fighting at 140. He’s a headhunter and like Lomachenko will land on Haney, his only red flag is sometimes a lapse in footwork and ring fundamentals. As previously mentioned, Prograis has a high knockout rate and brings a “puncher’s chance” in this one.
However, Haney is ready to prove the doubters wrong yet again. He gets the “boring fighter” treatment but that has led to 30 wins and undisputed lightweight status at 24. His IQ combined with the ability to land the precise punch will be too much for Prograis. I like Haney to outbox and manipulate pace in this super lightweight title fight. Give me Haney by unanimous decision.