Devin Haney Says Regis Prograis Will Be Surprised By His Power
Devin Haney claims that WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis will be surprised by the power that he brings to their fight this Saturday night because he’s feeling stronger at 140.
That said, Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) says he’s counting on his boxing IQ to be the telling factor in this fight and more of a factor than Prograis’ power advantage.
Devin feels that if Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs) is hoping that his power will lead him to victory, he could be in for a rude awakening because he’s going to use his skills to win.
The way that Haney is talking, he’s going to make it a technical battle by jabbing, landing potshots, moving & holding to avoid getting hit by Prograis’ big shots. It could be boring for the boxing fans who like to see action, but that’s Haney’s best chance of winning.
Other than Haney’s last fight against a much smaller Vasily Lomachenko, where he was willing to exchange with him, he normally boxes his opponents and plays it safe.
It appears that’s what Haney is going to do on Saturday night in their headliner at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Haney says that he’s interested in the big-money fights if he’s victorious over Prograis, and he’s open to the idea of facing Gervonta Davis at 140.
Other than Gervonta, Haney didn’t mention who else he wants to fight next, but it’s reasonable to assume that he’ll want to face Ryan Garcia or Teofimo Lopez if he can’t get Tank.
“He can say what he wants to say. He’s banking on power. I’m banking on skill, and I’m banking on IQ and experience,” said Devin Haney to the media about Regis Prograis. “He can say what he wants to say.
“He’s thinking, ‘I’m just going to go in there and bulldoze him. I’m going to knock him out.’ That’s crazy because I’m not a novice fighter. I’m not a fighter that just came off the street.
“I have experience. I’ve been in with the best of the best. In my last fight, I fought a future Hall of Famer in Lomachenko. He can say what he wants to say, but that’s what he’s supposed to say. I like that. It’s going to make for a great fight. With that mindset, it’s going to make for a great fight.
“This fight was the easiest to make happen, and it’s a great fight for boxing. He keeps talking about his last performance. That last performance is in his head,” said Haney about Prograis believing that the only reason he selected him to fight is because of the way he fought against Danielito Zorrilla.
“We’ve seen a lot of greats going up in weight class and have more power and more strength. We’ve seen a lot of guys go up and get much stronger. So that’s what I look to do.
“I’m definitely much stronger, and he will feel me on the night. We got to see. My main focus is Regis Prograis and getting past him. We got to see what the 140-lb landscape looks like.
“I want to make the biggest fights happen. I became undisputed, and it was the biggest dream of mine. I got the belts, I made history, but now I want to make.
“Not really,” said Haney when asked if he wants to become undisputed at 140. I accomplished it at 135. Now, I want to make big fights happen. Big money, big fights. It’s been a long time coming [returning to the Bay Area], but they don’t want to say that they’re opening up more seats and that I’m selling out the Chase Center.
“We’re probably going to do 17,000, 18,000 people, but they don’t want to talk about that. They want to say, ‘Devin Haney can’t sell.’ That’s what they say. They say that I don’t sell and that I’m boring. Me and Lomachenko did 17,000, too. Kambosos, 44,000. I clearly sell.
“All the ticket sales come from him. It’s telling out because of Regis. Regis is doing a great job,” said Haney, responding to Prograis, who lives in California is taking credit for the ticket sales at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
“I said I’m going to disable and handicap him. He’s biting everything that I’m saying and doing. I’m not going to lie. He’s done a tremendous job in the build-up. I’ve finally got someone on the other side that talks s***, and is willing to sell. I take my hat off to him. I know he doesn’t believe the stuff that he says.
“He’s delusional if he thinks he’s the one selling the tickets. We’re going to see on fight night when the whole arena is going crazy for me, and people jumping out of their chairs and going crazy.
“I definitely have a lot of confidence, but everyone is different. You cannot go into every fight with the same mindset thinking the last fight is going to be like this fight. I go in hungry, mentally and physically for the best.
“I’m super excited to show what I’m working on, and how much better I am at 140. I don’t want to beat it down your throats, but it’s going to be a great night. My strength, my speed, my IQ, everything,” said Haney when asked what Prograis will be shock about him on Saturday.
“That’s a huge fight for boxing. Like I said, I want to make the biggest fights happen. We just got to see after this one,” said Haney about his interest in facing Gervonta Davis. “My main focus is beating Regis Prograis.
“We got a guy that y’all are here to see me fight on Saturday night. I don’t want to get too drawn up on future opponents or past opponents because my main focus is Regis Prograis. Tune in. I’m going to beat the s** out of him,” said Haney.
“I like the adjustments he made. The shoulder roll was terrible, but he knocked him out. He made good adjustments. Congrats to Ryan,” said Haney when asked about his thoughts on Ryan Garcia’s performance last weekend against Oscar Duarte.