WBC super lightweight world champion Regis Prograis has vowed to become the first man to defeat undisputed lightweight king Devin Haney. So, to realize his ambition, Regis Prograis has officially started training camp as he prepares to defend his WBC super lightweight world title against Devin Haney.
Undisputed lightweight world champion Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) will move up to 63.5 kg to take on two-time champion Regis Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs). Prograis, who just finished fighting, said he has signed a contract to fight Devin Haney on December 9 in San Francisco on DAZN. The event, which is promoted by Matchroom Boxing, has not yet been officially announced.
“I trained for December 9. I’ve been training for this. Originally, the date was supposed to be October 28, then I signed a contract for November 11, and now they say December 9 is the date. I’ve been locked in since then. I’m just ready, ” Prograis told BoxingScene.com in an interview.
Houston and New Orleans-based Prograis will hold training camp in the Los Angeles area at Brickhouse Boxing Club with new trainer Julian Chua. Chua and Prograis teamed up for the first time in a short time earlier this year, as Prograis prepared for his fight against Danielito Zorrilla in June.
Prograis’ old coach, Bobby Benton, will also join the team during training camp. The 34-year-old professional fighter, who has been competing for 11 years, said he had been waiting for this big opportunity for a long time.
“I’m a two-time world champion and I don’t get the recognition I deserve. But this fight will put me on the map where I belong,” said Prograis. “My road has never been easy. It has always been a bumpy one.”
Prograis first challenged for the title in 2019, but he lost the belt in a contender’s fight of the year against Josh Taylor that same year. Prograis regained the 63.5-kilogram world title last November with an 11th-round win against Jose Zepeda and defended his title in June for the first time, albeit with a less convincing split-half win against Zorrilla.
Prograis realized that a stellar performance against Haney would be a major breakthrough, because suddenly, the potential for fights against the likes of Gervonta Davis, Teofimo Lopez Jr. and Ryan Garcia could be getting closer to becoming a reality. “I felt like I was on the verge of stardom,” Prograis said. “I will show up and perform on December 9th.”