Highlights: Haney Vs. KOs Prograis
Devin Haney was on another level, dominating WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis, limiting him to fewer than 40 punch connects in winning a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
The 120-107, 120-107, and 120-107 elected how much of a total mismatch the Haney-Prograis fight turned out to be.
If this a battle in wartime, you could call it a rout, as Prograis (29-2, 24 KOs) was no match for Haney (31-0, 15 KOs), and he easily could have been knocked out if Devin had chosen to go for it. He had the 34-year-old Regis hurt several times in the fight but opted to not to go for the finish.
Prograis couldn’t cut off the ring
“I could see him defending against Liam Paro next. Liam Paro kind of makes sense as far as fighting another Australian,” said Paulie Malignaggi to ProBox TV about the next fight for Devin Haney in a title defense of his WBC light welterweight belt, provided the sanctioning body allows him to maneuver around his mandatory Sandor Martin.
“I don’t think he’ll wind up against [champions] Rolly or Teo right now. I think Rolly vs. Ryan Garcia is the fight that’s going to get made. I would be shocked if that fight doesn’t get made.
“As far as Teo is concerned, I don’t think anyone is going to be in a rush to fight Teo. That’s the toughest one for me. I think people would love to see it,” said Malignaggi about boxing fans wanting to see Haney fight WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez next.
“I think Haney’s next defense will be against Liam Paro. It makes sense. They were on the card together,” said Chris Algieri. “Liam Paro had a fantastic showing against a guy that didn’t show up and doesn’t show up [Montana Love last Saturday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco].
“It doesn’t matter. He’s [Paro] undefeated. So, matching those two guys up, Devin Haney and Liam Paro, another southpaw. It makes every sense in the world.
“You got to be able to cut off the ring, but you still couldn’t,” said Algieri about Prograis failing to cut off the ring against Haney like we saw in Regis’ previous fight against Danielito Zorrilla last June.
Haney could have stopped Regis
“I’m going to give it to Haney because what else are we going to do? He did a good job of using his jab,” said Algieri. “Listen, the way he used that left-arm block, it was beautiful. He would jab and then left-arm block, then step out, boom-boom. He could have stopped Regis tonight; he really could have.
“He had him hurt upstairs with a right hand that he was super clean with, but then he started breaking him down with body shots. It was funny. I was watching the fight, thinking, ‘He could stop this guy. He’s not going to,’ because he’s not going to take this extra step.
“I always say about knockout punchers. Being a boxer is one thing, but having the mentality to stop somebody is another. if you have that one-hitter quitter, that’s one thing. Haney will never have that.
“I never had that, but to have that mentality to step in and make that happen, I didn’t see him taking that chance tonight. That’s why it went twelve. He had the opportunity to stop Regis tonight, which is crazy to say, but he did,” Algieri said.
Who can give Devin problems at 140?
“I disagree wholeheartedly,” said Algieri when asked if IBF light welterweight champion Subriel Matias would give Haney problems. “The only guy that would give Haney problems [at 140] is Teofimo because Teo knows how to change distances, change levels, box, jab, move, everything.
“He has the potential to jab with Haney, who is a phenomenal jabber. Matias doesn’t. The guy gets hit too much. He comes forward and is a front-foot fighter. A guy like Haney, who fought the way he did tonight with incredible discipline all night long, Matias’ nightmare is that guy.
“If you can’t hit a guy, what are you going to do with all that power? Prograis had power. He couldn’t deliver it. So, is that fight good with Matias? Absolutely. Would I want to see it? Absolutely. I want to see Matias with everybody.
“But is he the only guy that could beat Devin Haney? No, I don’t think that’s true, but I think Teofimo is a guy because of his boxing IQ, his ability to box and move, and he also has power.
“He’s such a multi-faced fighter. That’s the kind of guy that it’s going to take to beat Devin Haney,” said Algieri about Teofimo having the best shot at beating Haney at 140.