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Challengers line up to face undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney

Devin Haney. Photo credit: Sky Sports

Undisputed lightweight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 30-0 (15) has plenty of options for his next fight.

Haney, 24, who hails from San Francisco but boxes out of Las Vegas, was last in action when he outpointed former three-weight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko 17-3 (11).

Now his promoter Bob Arum has provided a shortlist of future opponents he plans to present to Haney’s father Bill Haney with a view to securing the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF champion’s next bout.

“One may be the winner of Taylor and Teofimo at 140, if he wants to go up in weight,” the Top Rank boss said to The 3 Knockdown Rule.

“Secondly, there is a fight with Shakur [Stevenson] that would be massive, everyone would want to see that fight. And third is the rematch [with Lomachenko].

“If Bill comes to New York for the Taylor vs Teofimo fight, I’ll sit with him. He’s a very intelligent guy and we’ll discuss all the options that we at Top Rank can offer. Then he’ll have to weigh it against what every other promoter can offer and decide what they want to do next.

“We’ve enjoyed promoting Devin, and we hope it continues.”

One of those other promoters is Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, who recently signed WBC junior welterweight champion Regis ‘Rougarou’ Prograis 28-1 (24).

The 34-year-old Prograis, a southpaw from New Orleans who boxes out of Houston, is scheduled to face Danielito Zorrilla on June 17th after original opponent Liam Paro 23-0 (14) withdrew due to injury, is keen to match his skills with Haney.

Speaking to Brobible, Prograis said: “I love that fight, Devin is in a tough spot, he got to fight somebody because a lot of people thought he lost against Loma, so he’s in a really, really tough spot right now in May when he outpointed former three-weight world champion Vasily Lomachenko.

“He’s like he could go up to 40, he could stay at 35, he could fight Loma again in a rematch Loma, or he got to fight [Gervonta] Tank [Davis] or he got to fight Shakur or he can come up to 40 and mess with the bigger guys up at 40, so I think he has to do something big.

“If he wants to fight me, I’m with it.”

Prograis is confident he would have Haney’s number if they ever meet in the ring.

“I think I stop him, I really think I can hurt him,” Prograis said. “Not disrespectful, but you look at the shots that Loma hit him with and Loma is a 30 pounder and you know I’m a 40 pounder and I’ve been 40 pounder my whole career and I got a lot of knockouts, so if I hit him with those same shots, I feel like Imma hurt him.”