Haney-Prograis could land in San Francisco

Devin Haney, the reigning lineal and undisputed lightweight champion, defended his titles in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, when he defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko. Now it looks like he is going to return to the region in which Haney was born in San Francisco, California, and now appears set, per Mike Coppinger of ESPN, to move up to the junior welterweight division to face the WBC junior welterweight world champion, Regis Prograis

Haney took to social media to send out this tweet this morning. 

“Bay Area… December I’m coming,” Haney stated on the social media platform, X.

This comes on the heels of Tha Boxing Voice reporting that the Devin Haney Next Fight will happen on December 9th on a DAZN Pay-Per-View event at The Chase Center, the home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. All of these are rumors, at this point, but given that Prograis recently proclaimed 'Good news' on X, it seems like we have a bit of smoke to add to the fire. 

Should this anticipated event come to fruition, it would mark Prograis' second defense of the WBC junior welterweight as he won the belt via an eleventh-round knockout of Jose Zepeda in Carson, California, on November 26, and followed it up with a lackluster performance against Danielito Zorrilla on June 25 in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. This fight was the first of a three-fight deal Prograis signed with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing as well. 

For Haney, who boasts an unblemished record and a place among the pound-for-pound elite, this move up in weight signifies his pursuit of becoming a two-division championship. Haney traveled to Australia to win the lightweight titles held by George Kambosos, who held the lineal, WBA, IBF, and WBO titles, in Melbourne, Australia, on June 5. Haney also signed a co-promotional agreement with Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment to make this happen as well, as Haney went out of his way to make the Kambosos fight a reality. 

Haney hasn't fought in San Francisco since appearing as an amateur when he defeated Jose Salinas on a fight card that Karim Mayfield both promoted and headlined. Though Haney is a Bay Area native, who still is involved with Victor Conte's SNAC System in San Carlos, California, has spent most of his young years as a teenager living in Las Vegas, Nevada. This homecoming bout would also show if Haney could secure a marketplace in San Francisco. Haney has also signed middleweight Amari Jones, who is also from Oakland, CA, which could show a long-term plan for these types of fights.


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