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WBO: Devin Haney Becomes Two-Weight Champion

December 9, 2023, San Francisco, California, USA: Copyright: xMikaelxOnax / IMAGO

Devin Haney dominated Regis Prograis to become two-division champion in his first fight at 140-pounds. The San Francisco native won via a shutout decision in front of his home crowd at the Chase Center on Saturday evening. All three ringside judges scored the fight 120-107 in Haney’s favor.

Prograis landed just 36 punches in the fight, breaking the CompuBox record for fewest punches landed in a 12-round championship bout. The previous record holder was Edwin De Los Santos, who landed only 40 punches against Shakur Stevenson last month.

Haney vacated his 135 lb WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO belts in November to move up a weight class. He now holds a 31-0 record, which includes 15 knockouts, in his professional boxing career. At the other end, this was the first loss Prograis has had since October 2019, setting his record back to 29-1 (24 KOS).

Haney entered the ring after a career-defining victory over future Hall of Famer Vasiliy Lomachenko in May to retain his undisputed championship at 135 pounds. Although Haney won through a razor thin decision, he proved he could hang with the best the boxing world had to offer.

Haney has already declared that he would like to fight in more divisions. He only remained at 135 pounds to pursue his goal of collecting all four lightweight belts to become undisputed champion. This means his next challenge will likely come at welterweight. 

If Haney wants to hold onto his newly won WBC belt, he’ll need to defend against his mandatory Sandor (41-3, 14 KOs) next. If he decides not to fight Sandort he title will be stripped from him if he doesn’t vacate it first. 

Haney will probably want to fight some bigger names in the sport, so he could very well relinquish his title in the coming months. The fight against Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis seems unlikely at the moment after the beating Haney gave Progais on Saturday. Tank is known for going after easier opponents.

Fight Summary 

Haney won every single round in Saturday night’s fight, dominating from the outset with 

precision punching, an excellent jab and great footwork. He was able to score a knockdown in the third round via a sharp right hand. More damaging punches left Progais’ right eye swelling shut by the end of the round.

The rest of the fight was relatively easy for Haney, as he  opened up a cut over the bridge of Prograis’ nose that bled profusely. He was also able to buckle his opponent’s legs several times in the bout and had him off balance for a majority of the time.

Progais was unable to make any meaningful connections with Haney and ultimately landed only 36 punches. Known for his excellent defense, Haney was able to stay in the middle of the ring and dictate the pace of the fight. Ultimately, there wasn’t much for Progais to write home about, after being thoroughly outexecuted in the 12 rounds.

PUNCH STATS

PunchesHaneyProgais
Total Punches Landed12936
Total Punches Thrown367363
% Landed Punches35%10%
Jabs Landed495
Jabs Thrown195251
Power Punches Landed8031
Power Punches Thrown172112

Undercard Fights

On the undercard at Haney/Progais, Australian Ebanie Bridges suffered a shocking defeat against Miyo Yoshida to lose her IBF bantamweight title. The Japanese Yoshida was a huge underdog coming into the fight with just 20 days notice and a loss in her previous fight.

Yoshida however, was previously a world champion at super-flyweight and had the pedigree to make a competitive fight. In the end she controlled the bout throughout the 10 rounds and was able to evade Bridges’ power punches in the last few rounds as she went for the KO.

The scorecards were 99-91, 99-91 and 97-93 as Yoshida improved her record to 17 wins and four losses, while Bridges had her first defeat since April 2021.