Devin Haney is set to make the first jump up in weight of his career, fighting for the WBC’s super-lightweight world title after capturing all the belts at 135.
Haney defended his undisputed status against Vasily Lomachenko in May of this year, and confirmed not long after that he would finally make the move up that he has been teasing for years now.
When an undisputed champion does so, the WBC will allow him or her an immediate shot at the title in that new weight class. In this case, that’s held by Regis Prograis, who will defend against Haney in San Fransisco on December 9, as per ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.
The Regis Prograis-Devin Haney WBC 140-pound title fight – originally planned for Oct. 28 in Las Vegas – is set for Dec. 9 at San Francisco’s Chase Center on DAZN PPV, sources told ESPN. Haney, the undisputed lightweight champion, lands a Bay Area homecoming for his attempt at…
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 9, 2023
Haney then appeared to confirm the report, taking to X to say ‘Bay Area… December I’m coming!’
The fight will be under Matchroom and broadcast on DAZN PPV in the States. It’s so far unclear if it will be a part of customers’ regular subscription in other territories.
Prograis won the title against Jose Zepeda in November of last year, and has had one relatively underwhelming defence against Danielito Zorrilo in New Orleans.
As for undefeated Haney, he has vacated his WBC lightweight strap to become ‘Champion in Recess.’ The belt will be fought for by Shakur Stevenson and fellow southpaw, Frank Martin, before the year is out.
Should Haney decide he wants to return to lightweight, he will be granted a fight with the winner for pre-set purse split terms of 50/50.
It’s no secret that he has been tight at the weight on a few occasions of late, so fans will finally get to see how the elite operator gets on with more leeway.