The early reception has been overwhelmingly favorable concerning the Regis Prograis-Devin Haney WBC junior welterweight title battle.
A tasty press convention set the tone for what must be a enjoyable promotion for his or her December 9 DAZN Pay-Per-View headline from the Chase Heart, house to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, California. Haney was born within the Bay Space and was raised in Oakland earlier than his household moved to Las Vegas.
His ties to the realm made it a no brainer to the Matchroom Boxing group to carry house this battle. Prograis (29-1, 24KOs)—a New Orleans-bred southpaw who lives and trains within the larger Houston space—put forth his typical anybody, anywhere, anytime mentality to safe the battle. The actions of each have been under no circumstances a shock to anybody concerned within the occasion.
“I believe while you map out the profession of a fighter, you must are available with the large promote,” promoter Eddie Hearn defined in an in-house interview posted on Matchroom’s YouTube channel. “Then you must ship it. Too many individuals within the sport say, ‘Yeah, we’ll do that’ however they haven’t bought the minerals or the power to make it occur.
We have been fortunate. Ourselves and Devin return a good distance. We had a pact collectively that he would turn out to be Matchroom’s first [male] undisputed champion. Sadly, he needed to take a deal that he was railroaded into taking. We talked about it. He stated he can be again and he’s all the time been a person of his phrase.”
Haney (30-0, 15KOs) fought six occasions beneath the Matchroom banner from Might 2019 by way of his December 2021 win over Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz to defend his WBC light-weight title. He then entered a three-fight, co-promotional cope with DiBella Leisure and Prime Rank to safe an undisputed championship conflict versus then-unbeaten, unified champ George Kambosos Jr.
Two wins in Australia and one other over Vasiliy Lomachenko in Las Vegas accomplished Haney’s dedication to that settlement. He returned to Hearn for a one-fight deal and the room to do future enterprise collectively.
Prograis signed with Matchroom in Might and made his debut beneath the banner simply six weeks later in a June 17 win over Danielito Zorrilla in his New Orleans hometown. The remainder of his 12 months was spent ready on Haney to signal the contract and decide a location for what will probably be Prograis’ second protection of the WBC junior welterweight title.
“If [Haney] wins on December 9, I consider he’ll battle Ryan Garcia, he’ll battle Teofimo Lopez,” famous Hearn. “But when Regis Prograis wins… he’s our shopper. He’s our champion. Our job was to ship him a superfight, a pathway to turn out to be a pound-for-pound celebrity.
“They each bought it on a plate. It’s all there for them. You wish to battle Ryan, you wish to battle Teo, you wish to battle Tank, you must win December 9.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox