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Devin Haney dominates Regis Prograis to take WBC title: Full fight video highlights and results

Devin Haney completely outclassed Regis Prograis to take his WBC belt.

Devin Haney knocks down Regis Prograis
Devin Haney totally dominated Regis Prograis to take the WBC title
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Devin Haney said he would expose Regis Prograis, and he backed up every word he said in the fight’s build-up, outclassing Prograis to take the WBC junior welterweight title tonight in San Francisco.

Haney won on scores of 120-107 from all three judges. Bad Left Hook was comparatively generous on our unofficial cards, giving Haney the nod at 119-108 on both of our two separate scores.

Haney, 25, is now a two-division champion, having previously been undisputed king at 135.

It wasn’t a typical Haney (31-0, 15 KO) fight, either. There was no holding, no “negating,” this was a genuine domination, and perhaps a career-best performance. Meanwhile, Prograis (29-2, 24 KO) seems to have totally hit the wall in his last two fights, and looked pretty well hopeless by the third round, when he was dropped by Haney.

Prograis, 34, talked a lot about “hurting” Haney in this fight, but never came close to it. It was Haney who looked like the harder puncher, and certainly the more accurate, more fundamentally sound, and simply better man in the ring.

“I did everything I said I was gonna do,” Haney said. “I took (his left hand) away. Occasionally, I went into it to make him throw it and I’d counter it. Other than that, he tipped his left hand off.”

Asked about the knockdown, Haney said, “I hit him with a sharp right hand. I knew he had a habit and we capitalized off his habit of leaning in.”

“At times, I wanted to go (for the knockout) and hit him with big shots, but my dad said, ‘Stay focused, stick to the game plan.”

Haney also said he felt a “tremendous difference” moving up to 140 from 135, and that he felt “so much stronger” in camp and in the ring.

There are major names to fight at 140, and Haney also said they’ve talked internally in the team about moving up to 147 already.

Prograis, to his credit, made no bones about how the night went.

“That motherfucker good, I’m not gonna lie, he’s better than what I thought,” he said. “I’m gonna give him credit. We still keep the same energy. I say what I mean, but I’m gonna tell the truth, Devin Haney is better than I thought, he is.”

Prograis added: “His feet are faster, he’s quicker than I thought he was. I couldn’t seem to get to him. That’s all. He was quick. His power did surprise me. He does have power. It’s not a one-punch type of shot, but he’s quick. It’s the shot you don’t see. That’s the kind of power he has.”

Prograis said he will take a break and try to get back into a world title fight next year.

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