Regis Prograis and Devin Haney are now confirmed to face each other on 9th December in San Francisco, California, for Prograis’ WBC Super Lightweight World Championship.
Regis Prograis to make his second WBC title defense against Devin Haney
Matchroom made the official announcement of the fight, which has been heavily discussed for several weeks, as well as an official date and venue. The 140-pound fight for the green and gold belt will take place at the Chase Center in San Francisco when Haney and Prograis will lock horns.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) September 26, 2023
“🥊 ANNOUNCED: Regis Prograis will defend his WBC super-lightweight world title vs Devin Haney on Dec 9th in San Francisco,” Michael Benson wrote on Twitter.
🥊 ANNOUNCED: Regis Prograis will defend his WBC super-lightweight world title vs Devin Haney on Dec 9th in San Francisco.
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 26, 2023
Haney, the current undisputed champion at lightweight, moves up to super lightweight for the first time to challenge Prograis, who is the current WBC champion in the division.
Haney, who was born in San Francisco but grew up across the bay in Oakland and later Las Vegas will be fighting in his own home and regarding the announcement of the fight, stated that it had always been his dream to return to his birthplace.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Haney stated. “It’s been a dream of mine to fight in my hometown. I’m excited for the opportunity to become two-division world champion in the city [The Bay] where it all started. The energy in the building is going to be electric. I haven’t fought at home since I was an amateur, so I’m looking for my city to show up and show out.”
“As a kid, I always envisioned fighting at The Oracle in Oakland,” he went on. “Now with Chase Center, I have two dream locations with a bridge between them. So, my first order of business is to blow the roof off Chase Center on December 9 with an amazing event. I picked a focused and hungry champion to invite to my hometown. Regis is going to be trying to knock me out and that’s exactly what I need him to be TRYING to do. This is what you do when you are the youngest promoter in boxing. I’m the real face of boxing. December 9. Legacy and Money.”
“On paper this is a tough fight because it’s my first fight at a heavier weight division. I’m comfortable with the plan have. God willing, I’m going to be stronger and faster than ever. I’m going to dominate him, and the welterweight division will be put on notice,” added Haney.
Prograis, who won the WBC belt in November last year, courtesy of an 11th-round KO of Jose Zepeda, insists that Haney won’t have an easy welcome to the 140 pound division.
“Finally, we’re ready to go on Saturday, December 9 and I can’t wait to put on a show,” Prograis said. “I’ve already started training camp and I’ll be more than ready to do what I do best. Devin has done well at 135lbs but I’m the best in the world at 140lbs and I will prove that once again!”
“Since my last fight they mentioned Devin’s name and that’s the only person I’ve had on my mind. I will not only beat him, but I will beat him up. I will hurt this kid. It’s nothing he can do that’s going to stop me from dominating. It’s going to be a massacre. Again, I will hurt him,” the champ added. [H/T DAZN]