Devin Haney Dominates, Claims Second Title in Stunning Fashion!
In a seismic shift to the 140-pound division, former lightweight champion Devin Haney orchestrated a brilliant debut, securing a dominant victory against WBC junior welterweight titleholder Regis Prograis at the packed Chase Center. Haney’s exceptional performance not only earned him the win but also marked his ascent to becoming a two-division champion, showcasing his mastery and paving the way for his stardom.
The 25-year-old boxing sensation from Las Vegas returned to his roots in San Francisco, delivering a masterclass against Prograis, ultimately claiming victory with all three judges scoring it a resounding 120-107 in his favor. Haney’s calculated prowess led to a pivotal knockdown of Prograis in Round 3, setting the tone for a mesmerizing showcase of skill and dominance.
The matchup, headlining a DAZN pay-per-view event, signaled Haney’s reunion with Matchroom Sport under Eddie Hearn’s banner after a successful tenure with ESPN and co-promoters Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment. While Haney’s previous lightweight conquests propelled him to P4P acclaim, his debut in the 140-pound category demonstrated an unparalleled virtuosity that overshadowed any competitor in the sport.
Prograis, limited to a CompuBox record of just 36 punches landed over 12 rounds, found himself unable to crack Haney’s defense. Haney’s striking accuracy and strategic control of distance proved pivotal, with an astounding 35% overall punch accuracy and an impressive 46.5% success rate with power shots.
The Gypsy King’s remarkable performance left Prograis acknowledging Haney’s exceptional abilities. Despite Prograis’s determination, Haney’s speed, precision, and unexpected power left an indelible mark on the fight, as echoed by Prograis post-fight remarks.
Haney attributed his enhanced power to moving up in weight to the junior welterweight category, claiming the five-pound difference significantly contributed to his strength and performance. His strategic execution, guided by a meticulous game plan devised by his father, propelled him to an overwhelming victory.
Looking ahead, Haney hinted at a potential move to welterweight, while Hearn emphasized the potential for monumental clashes within the 140-pound division, touting Haney’s capabilities against rising stars like Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis, and Teofimo Lopez.
The undercard witnessed impressive knockouts from rising contenders Liam Paro and Andy Cruz, along with a stunning upset by Miyo Yoshida against Ebanie Bridges for the IBF bantamweight title, adding to the thrilling action-packed event.
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