Say what you want about Devin Haney, but the young fighter is willing to take a challenge. His recent decision to engage in his second pay-per-view fight, this time against Regis Prograis for the WBC junior welterweight title on December 9th, reflects his willingness to tackle challenging opponents.
Haney, with a perfect record of 30 wins and 15 knockouts, took to his social media to exclaim his pride in the direction his career is going.
"Loma & Regis [in] the same year," posted Haney on social media. "These guys not doing that."
For a young fighter, Haney has faced and actively pursued formidable adversaries. However, some voices in the boxing community expressed reservations as one could say Haney's biggest wins have come against fighters he was bigger than in George Kambosos Jnr, whom he traveled to Australia to defeat twice, Vasyl Lomachenko, who started his career at featherweight, Jorge Linares, who also started his career at the lower weights and Joseph Diaz Jr., who was a featherweight who moved up. Prograis represents not just the toughest fight of his career, but also the first time he will be facing a fighter as big as himself.
"I don’t take tune-ups," furthered Haney on social media.
The post above seems to also call into question critics of Haney who have said nasty things about the fighter when he didn't defend his WBC lightweight world title title against mandatory challenger Shakur Stevenson. Those voices see this move as strategic as Prograis' recent performance against Danielito Zorrilla might have shown signs of regression.
For Prograis, this is what he has been waiting for 'a big fight.' Despite being a top dog in the junior welterweight division, Prograis has never really found a marketing niche in the world. His fights found their way to obscure platforms or got overshadowed by other events, for example, his great fight with Josh Taylor was overshadowed by Shakur Stevenson's first world title victory that occurred on the same evening in the United States.
Prograis took to social media to share his thoughts on the fight by essentially rebranding himself. Often known as the Rougarou, a mythical swamp creature in New Orleans, Prograis simply referenced himself as the nightmare in his social media post.
"The dream vs. The Nightmare," posted Prograis on his social media accounts.
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