Prograis Confident He Stops Haney!
Judging by the current lay of the land, it appears that undisputed lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (30-0, 15 KO’s) will battle WBC super lightweight champion Regis “Rougrou” Prograis (29-1, 24 KO’s) next. Like any boxer worth his gloves, Prograis feels that he will get the best of Haney if they go to war. Yet, while speaking with Mill City Boxing, Rougarou revealed that he thinks Haney gets done in by most of the top names at 135 and 140lbs.
“I love that fight, bro! If he fight me like he fought Loma I think I stop him, I honestly think I stop him…not just stop him, but hurt him real bad. Obviously he is a good boxer, but I don’t think he has the power to keep me off and I think he is in a tough spot right now.
“So you can stay down there and you can mess with Shakur [Stevenson] and you know Shakur going to beat him, everybody know he can’t mess with Shakur or you can come up 140 with the killers. He is in a really, really tough spot right now.
“He can come up to ‘40 and go after Rolly. The title holders, you talking about me, Matias and Josh Taylor, I think he gets stopped by all three of us, for sure!”Regis Prograis – WBC Super Lightweight Champion
WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE?!
While it may be a stretch to say that Haney is automatically going to be chum for the sharks at 140lbs, it is true he is an unproven commodity in the division. He’s had to suffer through quite a few training camps to continue making weight at 135. Having seemingly outgrown lightweight is the main reason that these talks with Team Prograis at 140 are happening in the first place.
On the other hand, some will say that Progais has his nerve writing The Dream off so casually. This is due to Rougarou coming off an exceedingly flat performance in his last duel versus Danielito Zorrilla. Even more ironic, the WBC southpaw champion struggled to sustain any action due to the stick and move style that Zorrilla applied. This is a style of combat that Haney could also use to great effect.
In the end, fans, fighters and pundits alike can bump gums on matter until the end of time. Until they get in the ring though, it will forever remain speculation. So, let’s hope that Prograis and Haney do sign on the dotted line and settle this matter once and for all.