- Who: Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis
- What: Prograis’ WBC Junior Welterweight Title
- Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023
- Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Chase Center in San Francisco, California
- How to Watch: DAZN Pay-Per-View
After winning and defending the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles, Devin Haney moves to junior welterweight to face the WBC champion at 140 pounds, Regis Prograis. The fight, which takes place at Chase Center in San Francisco, CA, goes down on December 9 on DAZN pay-per-view. Here is some background on the fighters before we dig into the Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis betting breakdown.
Regis Prograis (29-1) won the vacant WBC lightweight title in November 2022 with an 11th-round TKO win over Jose Zepeda. The 34-year-old defended that crown in June with a split decision win over Danielito Zorrilla. Prograis, who is the No. 2 ranked junior welterweight according to The Ring, has 24 career knockout wins.
Devin Haney (30-0) took control of the lightweight division in June 2022 when he won a decision over George Kambosos Jr. In October of that year, he defended his titles with a decision win over Kambosos in their rematch. He also successfully defended his belts in May 2023 with a decision victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko. The Ring has Haney as its top-rated lightweight. The 24-year-old has 15 KO wins but none since 2019.
Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis betting picks
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Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis betting breakdown
Regis Prograis does his best work as a counter puncher, but he can fight behind the jab and apply pressure if his opponent shows a reluctance to engage him. Being the aggressor in his fights is not ideal for Prograis as he has flaws in his jab fundamentals, which can open him to counters from his opponent. Even though he struggles with the jab, Prograis has solid head movement, which can make him an elusive target as he moves out of range after throwing with his lead hand. On the downside, Prograis’ movement can be repetitive, which means he can be timed. In one of the most important aspects of the fight game, Prograis is a strong and powerful fighter. He will test Haney’s chin.
Devin Haney is one of the more skilled young fighters in the game. He enters this fight with a lot of momentum following his wins over name opponents George Kambosos and Vasiliy Lomachenko. Haney has more skills and better fundamentals than Prograis, but he lacks experience and there are some questions about his ability to work through adversity. The lightweight champ can work well from distance, and if he moves well, Prograis will struggle to keep Haney in range as Prograis has had trouble cutting off the ring in the past. A worry for Haney is his chin. He has been staggered in the past, and Prograis is a heavy puncher with a lot of power.
Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis: What’s at stake
Promoter Eddie Hearn said he thinks with a win, Haney could face WBO junior welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez or No. 4 rated lightweight Ryan Garcia in his next matchup. As for Prograis, who works with Hearn and Matchroom, he is looking at the same opponents for his next fight. Also out there is a possible matchup against No. 2 rated lightweight Gervonta Davis. In short, this contest will launch the winner into a big fight with a big purse.
Best Bets for Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis
This fight is a bad stylistic matchup for Regis Prograis. He lacks the speed, skills and fight IQ to compete with a fighter like Devin Haney. There’s also the question of age. Haney is the much younger fighter at 24, and there have been some signs that time is catching up with the 34-year-old Prograis. With all that being said, Prograis has the great equalizer in this fight, which is his power. The betting underdog has good betting value if one picks him to win via knockout. I’m going with Haney, the betting favorite to win via decision.
Betting pick for Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis: Devin Haney to win via decision.
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