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Josh Taylor tips Devin Haney to continue unbeaten run at junior welterweight

Devin Haney. Photo credit: Sky Sports

Former undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 19-1 (13) is tipping Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 30-0 (15) to land in the 140-pound division with a splash.

The 24-year-old Haney, who unified the lightweight division last year with a 12-round unanimous decision over George Kambosos Jr 21-2 (10) in Australia, will move up a weight class to challenge WBC champion Regis ‘Rougarou’ Prograis 28-1 (24) at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California on December 9.

Despite remaining undefeated since his lone career loss to Taylor by majority decision in the final of the World Boxing Super Series four years ago, New Orleans southpaw Prograis, 34, has struggled to recapture the public’s imagination since losing his zero.

Prograis has won five in a row including four knockouts. He knocked out Jose ‘Chon’ Zepeda 37-4 (28) in November last year to claim the vacant WBC belt but struggled to look impressive against Puerto Rican Danielito Zorrilla 17-2 (13) in June, despite dropping him in the third round en route to a split decision win.

Meanwhile Haney returned to Australia in October last year to face Kambosos for the second time after the Sydneysider enacted his immediate rematch clause. The result was the same as the first fight with wider scores on the cards.

In May, Haney outpointed former three-weight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko 17-3 (11) by scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 115-113.

Based on recent form, Taylor sees the Prograis vs Haney fight only going one way.

“I think that’s a great fight. They’re two very good fighters. I shared the ring with Prograis and we had a good dust up,” Taylor told Boxing News.

“I’ve not shared the ring with Haney, but I’ve met him a couple of times and saw him in training and stuff. He’s very sharp. That would be a very good fight.

“In my opinion, I just think Devin Haney is a little bit too young, too fast, too sharp… Prograis didn’t look too clever in his last fight.

“Haney boxed Lomachenko and that was a great performance and a great fight. I thought Haney looked very sharp [winning the unanimous decision]. Just going off those two performances, if I was a betting man, I would place my money on Haney.”

Taylor is coming off a disappointing performance against Teofimo Lopez 19-1 (13) in June that cost him hos WBO junior welterweight title on points.

Taylor has long teased a move up to welterweight, where Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) rules as undisputed king.

As of right now, he remains undecided on what his next move will be.

“Listen, don’t be fooled. I’m not short of any options moving forward. It’s more a case of what I want to do, what’s best for me at this time and what kind of path I want to take,” Taylor said.

“I have plenty of options. I still believe I’m the best in the division. I just had a bad night [against Lopez].”