Devin Haney makes the move up to 140lbs this December, his first fight being a WBC world title shot against two-time champion Regis Prograis.
Formerly undisputed at lightweight, Haney has been teasing a move up for some time. After defending his belts against George Kambosos Jr and Vasily Lomachenko, he confirmed the time was now.
In the other corner, Prograis is in his second stint as super-lightweight champion. He previously came up short in a unification bout against Josh Taylor, but has since won the WBC belt back against Jose Zepeda after Taylor vacated.
Another new addition to the division is Ryan Garcia, whose last bout was a first career loss against Gervonta Davis. That body shot stoppage at a catchweight of 136lbs convinced the fan-favourite to move permanently to 140.
With his popularity and eye-catching style, it likely won’t be long until he’s challenging for the titles – but against who?
Speaking to DAZN Boxing, Garcia picked Haney to be successful in his maiden super-lightweight fight and win the belt.
“That’s going to be a good one. Devin Haney’s gonna pull out the victory. [Regis] will come forward and fight. Devin’s not a come forward guy. Devin Haney, decision, 12 rounds.”
Regardless of who wins, it’s safe to say Garcia will want them in the ring.
He looks to get back to winning ways against hard-hitting Mexican Oscar Duarte one week before Prograis-Haney, and a victory sets him up for some big fights in the division.
Another man watching closely will be WBO Champion Teofimo Lopez. ‘The Takeover’ has been linked to a big night under the lights with Garcia touted for 2024.