‘He’s Definitely Better Than I Thought He Was’: What’s Next for Devin Haney?
On December 9, Devin Haney (31-0, 15 KOs) defeated Regis Prograis (29-2, 24 KOs) in impressive style at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California – via unanimous decision. This was the first fight for “The Dream” since he controversially defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko. After this impressive win, attention has already turned to what comes next for Haney. Eddie Hearn spoke after the fight and named three potential opponents for the New Orleans native.
The Future for Devin Haney
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Recap of Devin Haney vs. Prograis
After a cagey opening round, Haney took control of the fight and controlled the distance superbly, using his jab to great effect. His superior boxing skills shone through as he landed eye-catching punches from various angles. “The Dream” then knocked his opponent down with a laser right hand in round three.
Haney showcased his power again in round six as he bucked the legs of Prograis. As the fight progressed, it became more apparent this was a boxing clinic from Haney on how to hit and not get hit. His domination of “Rougarou” was confirmed as all three judges scored the bout 120-107. Following the fight Prograis said: “It was hard to get to him. He’s definitely better than I thought he was.”
Teofimo Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs) is the current WBO junior welterweight champion, presenting another opportunity for Haney to collect another strap. Lopez won the WBO title when he defeated Josh Taylor on June 10, 2023. The Brooklyn-born fighter would undoubtedly provide a stern test for “The Dream.” Lopez has lightning-fast reflexes, which would test the defensive resolve of Haney. His counterpunching is exceptional, meaning “The Dream” will need to control the distance as well as he did against Prograis in order to negate the strengths of the Brooklyn-born fighter.
During the post-fight interviews, Eddie Hearn mentioned Ryan Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs) as a potential opponent for Haney. “King Ry” also spoke of the possibility of facing “The Dream” via his X account, making it seem likely he will fight Haney eventually. He recently returned to the ring, defeating Oscar Duarte via an eighth-round knockout. Garcia is brilliant at controlling the tempo of fights with his explosive speed, and he will need to get on top early to make it difficult for Haney – an exceptional counterpuncher who controls the distance superbly.
Gervonta Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) has been spoken about as a potential opponent for Haney, and “The Dream” was asked in his post-fight press conference about fighting “Tank,” and was very upfront about his feelings: “Tank doesn’t want to fight because if he really wanted to fight, then he would be trying to build up the fight instead of trying to knock it down.” Haney continued: “If he really wanted to fight me, he would be making it that. It’s a big fight and it’s the best fight for boxing. But he only talked down on the fight. Like I said many times, they say everything but ‘let’s fight.’“
There’s no doubt Haney vs. “Tank” would be a huge fight, with Davis having enough power to end a fight with one punch, as proven by his devastating KO of Leo Santa Cruz. He’s exceptional at punching from angles and carries a lot of power, as further proven by his body shot KO of Garcia on April 22, 2023.