Regis Prograis defending his WBC Super-Lightweight title against Devin Haney appears to be a little further from made than was once believed.
Haney confirmed to the sanctioning body that he would be moving up from lightweight and his undisputed status there to challenge for a belt at 140lbs.
The WBC then approved his fight with its champion, Prograis, and and initial date of October 28 was reported. The champion announced that he has signed his part of the deal, but that Haney was trying to change the fight night.
A public back and forth ensued, and it appears to have continued behind the scenes.
Prograis told FightHype that he was considering moving on entirely.
“If they keep bullsh***ing like this, and I don’t know who’s bullsh***ing – I don’t know if it’s inside, if it’s Matchroom… I don’t know who’s bullsh***ing, but if it keeps getting dragged out like this, then whatever Devin, I’ll see you later! I’ll do my own thing, I’ll go do something else. I’m not about to just wait around.”
The New Orleans native then named four-weight world champion, Adrien Broner, as a potential opponent.
“I don’t need Devin. Like I said, me and [Adrien] Broner will be a bigger fight! Maybe for the culture and stuff like that, me and Broner could be a bigger fight. In boxing, obviously Devin is a bigger fight for boxing – undisputed at 135. The thing is, Devin is not a big name.”
Broner has been extremely inactive over the past five years, but has recently confirmed a commitment to a proper return to the sport.
His last outing – a unanimous decision over Bill Hutchinson – was at the welterweight limit of 147lbs, one class up from Prograis.