Devin Haney, the undefeated and undisputed lightweight champion, will not return to 135 pounds and will make a career at welterweight after his super lightweight title fight against Regis Prograis.
Undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney told ESPN he will vacate all four of his titles ahead of his Dec. 9 super lightweight championship fight against Regis Prograis.
Haney, 25, recently retained his WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO belts at 135 pounds after scoring a unanimous decision over Vasiliy Lomachenko in May.
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Before that, Haney (30-0, 15 KO’s) defeated George Kambosos in an undisputed championship fight in June 2022 in Australia and returned to his opponent’s home country for the rematch, which Haney won in same dominant way. .
“I did everything I could at 135,” Haney said Wednesday. “The most important fight for me is to do the fight with Gervonta Davis, and his side shows no interest in doing the fight. I’m at the top of the division, so now I’m doing my search for 140 be a two-division champion.
“And after this fight, I hope to become a three-division champion and go up to 147, if God allows, I will succeed in this fight.
The WBC lightweight title will now belong to Shakur Stevenson after he defeated Edwin De Los Santos earlier this month (Haney was named the WBC’s recess champion). Davis holds the WBA secondary title, so it is likely that he will be promoted to the recognized champion.
The vacant IBF title is expected to be a fight between Kambosos and Lomachenko, the organization’s two top contenders. The pair are in advanced talks for a fight to take place in April in Australia, sources said.
The WBO title picture is less clear. Lomachenko is his number one contender, but he doesn’t seem to be in the mix. That leaves Denys Berinchyk and Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz to compete for the vacant belt.
On the other hand, Haney said he is serious about his plan to fight at 147 pounds after only one fight at 140. According to ESPN BET, he is a -400 favorite on Wednesday night to defeat Prograis in San Francisco on DAZN PPV.
But it is not an easy task. Prograis (29-1, 24 KO’s) is a powerful puncher and is ranked #3 by ESPN at 140 pounds. His only professional loss came via majority decision to former undisputed champion Josh Taylor in 2019.
“I made history by being undisputed, and that was a milestone for me,” said Haney, the No. 7 pound-for-pound boxer on ESPN. “But now I’m at the point in my career where I want to do the biggest and best fights in the world. I’m a PPV fighter.”