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Regis Prograis and Devin Haney agree to terms for December 9 clash in San Francisco

Devin Haney and Regis Prograis

WBC junior welterweight champion Regis ‘Rougarou’ Prograis 29-1 (24) has promised to damage undisputed lightweight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 30-0 (15) when they meet at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California on December 9.

The 34-year-old southpaw looked subpar in his most recent outing, a split decision nod over Danielito Zorrilla 17-2 (13) in his homecoming fight in New Orleans in June.

“Since my last fight they mentioned Devin’s name and that’s the only person I’ve had on my mind,” Prograis said.

“I will not only beat him, but I will beat him up. I will hurt this kid. It’s nothing he can do that’s going to stop me from dominating. It’s going to be a massacre. Again, I will hurt him.”

San Franciscan Haney, 24, has long been linked to a move up to the 140-pound weight class following two defences of his undisputed 135-pound championship.

Haney retains his WBA, WBO and IBF belts at lightweight while he tests the waters at junior welterweight. The WBC has designated him “champion in recess” at lightweight.

Haney, who will be fighting in front of his home crowd, is clearly the A-side here despite being the challenger.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Haney. “It’s been a dream of mine to fight in my hometown. I’m excited for the opportunity to become two-division world champion in the city where it all started. The energy in the building is going to be electric. I haven’t fought at home since I was an amateur, so I’m looking for my city to show up and show out.

“As a kid, I always envisioned fighting at The Oracle in Oakland. Now with Chase Center, I have two dream locations with a bridge between them. So, my first order of business is to blow the roof off Chase Center on December 9 with an amazing event.

“I picked a focused and hungry champion to invite to my hometown. Regis is going to be trying to knock me out and that’s exactly what I need him to be trying to do. This is what you do when you are the youngest promoter in boxing. I’m the real face of boxing. December 9. Legacy and money.

“On paper this is a tough fight because it’s my first fight at a heavier weight division. I’m comfortable with the plan have. God willing, I’m going to be stronger and faster than ever. I’m going to dominate him, and the welterweight division will be put on notice.

“It’s never personal, this is a business at the end of the day. We’re two gentlemen at the end of the day, but when we get in the ring, we don’t have respect for each other. I’m going to go in in there and do my job.”

Prograis has been largely out of the limelight since his lone loss to Scottish southpaw Josh Taylor 19-1 (13) by majority decision in the final of the World Boxing Super Series four years ago.

Victory over Haney will not only prove his showing against Zorrilla was a one-off, but will also put him in the discussion for a coveted pound-for-pound ranking.

“Finally, we’re ready to go on Saturday, December 9 and I can’t wait to put on a show,” said Prograis. “I’ve already started training camp and I’ll be more than ready to do what I do best.

“Devin has done well at 135-pounds but I’m the best in the world at 140-pounds and I will prove that once again.”