Devin Haney will make his debut at super-lightweight this December, and fans believe he has the shape for it.
‘The Dream’ – one of the brightest talents form America with an argument as to having the most impressive jab in the sport – is undefeated in a campaign that includes wins over Yuriorkis Gamboa, Jorge Linares and Vasily Lomachenko.
Formerly undisputed at lightweight, he moves up in an attempt to become a two-division champion at the age of just 24. The man in his way is one Regis Prograis, the hard-hitting southpaw from Louisiana.
Haney has made no secret of the fact that he has been tight at 135 for some time. This increase was inevitable, and according to the latest footage, he’s comfortably carrying the extra pounds.
Fans were taken aback by his size in recent training clips, as well as his first face-off with Prograis.
It’s an extreme change from the sights of past weigh-ins that have seen Haney look drawn and thin – most notably in his rematch with Kambosos.
One commenter wondered how the American ever managed to make 135 on the scales – even saying he looked bigger than career-long super-lightweight Prograis – and others pointed out that he may look ever better at the new weight without draining himself down.
Some fans believe that the welterweight limit of 147 will be where Haney ends up, following in the footsteps of Terence Crawford who recently became undisputed in that division following success twice lower.
There have been questions on Haney’s power with only 15 stoppages in his 30 wins, but there’s a growing opinion that as his weight goes up, the pop in his shots may increase too – ‘he’s going to be a beast at 140.’