No one will dispute this win by Devin Haney.
The former undisputed lightweight champion dominated WBC super lightweight champion Regis Prograis on Saturday inside the Chase Center in San Francisco to win his first title in the new division after winning his first 30 fights at 135 pounds.
It was a shutout-plus for Haney, who won 120-107 on all three judges’ scorecards. He got his first and only knockdown in the third round with a hard right that Prograis didn’t see coming:
The figures agree with the opinions of the judges. CompuBox has Haney outlanding Prograis 129-36, and 80-31 in power punches. Prograis didn’t land more than five punches in a round of the fight, while Haney cracked double digits in nine of them. Prograis also set a new mark for the lowest number of punches landed in a 12-round fight with just 36 against Haney, according to CompuBox.
“That’s a good mother. I have to give credit where it’s due,” Prograis said after the fight. “Devin Haney is better than I thought. I’m not going to lie.”
The performance was a complete about-face from Haney’s last win, a controversial decision against former lightweight champ Vasiliy Lomachenko that saw Haney’s reputation take a bit of a dip after his win over George Kambosos. Jr. to unite the division.
The question is where does Haney go from here, now 31-0 with two division titles. One possible answer is to face former lightweight champ Teofimo Lopez, who also made the jump to super lightweight last June. He defeated Josh Taylor by unanimous decision to win the WBO title.
There’s also no shortage of dynamic opponents waiting at lightweight, including Shakur Stevenson and Gervonta Davis. Ryan Garcia called a shot a few minutes after the fight.
Whatever the next step is, Haney has no shortage of options.