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Undisputed Champ Devin Haney Eyes a Move to 140LBS – But Can He Take Down WBC Champ Regis Prograis?

Published 07/24/2023, 10:55 AM EDT

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From the kingdom of boxing, whispers of a seismic shift are embarking on rippling through the community. The rumor mill is abuzz with talks of a potential move that could shake up the status quo and redefine the careers of two of the sport’s most formidable fighters. And the undisputed Lightweight champion, Devin Haney, is the center of this speculation.

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Haney, known for his speed, timing, and defensive prowess, is reportedly contemplating a leap into unexplored territory. The whispers suggest a move up to the 140lbs category. This blatant decision could set the stage for a historic showdown. But the question is, who could be waiting for him in this new weight class?

Why is Devin Haney eyeing the 140 lbs category?


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Devin Haney, the current undisputed Lightweight champion, has been dominating his weight class with an impressive record of 30 wins and no losses. His technical prowess and appropriate acumen has propelled him to the top of the Lightweight division. However, it seems that Haney is looking for new challenges and greater glory. The 140lbs Category, also known as the Super Lightweight or Junior Welterweight Division, offers just that.

In a recent interview, Haney stated, “I’m willing to fight whoever, wherever. Everything just has to make sense to me and the team, but you know, we’re not ruling out anything. We wanna fight the best fighters in the world.” 


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Further, Bill Haney, the father, trainer, and manager of Devin indicated that he will move up to 140 category to fight Regis Prograis. Additionally, this potential move, comes draped with risks. The 140lbs Category is a different beast, home to some of the most powerful fighters in the sport. And at the top of that list is a name that sends shivers down the spine of even the most seasoned boxers. He’s Regis Prograis, the current WBC Champ. Prograis has been vocal about a potential match-up with Haney, stating, “If he fought me like he fought Loma, I stop him. I would hurt him real bad. He’s a good boxer, but he doesn’t have the power to keep me off.”

Whether Devin and Prograis will face each other, is still a flickering possibility of the future. But, not only this, Devin has also been in headlines because of another event. But, what is it?

What is Haney’s latest controversy?

In recent news, Devin Haney found himself in a spot of legal trouble. The undisputed Lightweight champion was arrested on a felony weapons charge in Los Angeles in July 2023. Authorities reportedly found a weapon during a traffic stop, leading to Haney’s arrest and subsequent charge with felony possession of a concealed weapon.


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This incident has certainly added a layer of complexity to Haney’s career trajectory. While it’s unclear how this legal issue will impact his boxing career, it’s a reminder of the challenges athletes often face outside the ring. Despite this setback, Haney’s focus remains on his boxing career and his potential move to the 140lbs category. However, Haney’s father, Bill Haney, told ESPN. “It’s a misunderstanding that will be solved when Devin goes to court,” He further added,  “It’s unfortunate that he was arrested with his armed licensed security, and I’m confident things are going to be worked out.”

Devin Haney’s potential move to the 140lbs category, his upcoming fight against Regis Prograis, and his recent legal troubles are creating a buzz in the boxing world. As fans, we can only wait and watch as these events unfold.


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But, do you think his potential move to the 140lbs category will lead to a historic showdown with Regis Prograis? Share your thoughts and predictions in the comments below.

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Written by:

Tanya Tewari


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Tanya Tewari is a Boxing Writer at Essentially Sports. She has beautifully blended her love for the combat sport with her fondness for writing. She is especially interested in bringing out the different sides of a persona to the rest of the world.
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