We’re now just days away from this weekend’s super lightweight title fight between Regis Prograis and Devin Haney, and here Haney speaks to boxing media members about why he firmly believes his performance in this fight will be much better than his last.
Prograis on how he feels now compared to heading into the Zorrilla fight
“It’s like a way different feeling. Like, even my team and stuff like that, they were saying my last fight I was just kind of going through the motions. This fight, everybody’s excited, everybody’s hyped up about it. Usually I go to California, I stay out there two weeks and train. This time I did like two months, stay away from my kids, stay away from my family, just sacrifice everything that I need to ensure victory.”
Of fighting in Haney’s ‘backyard’, in the Bay Area
“That’s not his backyard. Stop that, bro. Devin left when he was seven, he’s from Henderson, Nevada. I’m going to gyms, I’m running down the street, people stopping their cars and they like ‘Man, fuck Devin. You got to beat Devin’s ass. We don’t like him.’ How is that your hometown? If Devin did that shit in New Orleans, ain’t nobody gonna ever do that about me.”
On being viewed as the underdog when he’s the champion
“It aggravate me a little bit but I told him ‘we not playing that.’ I told him, ‘you gonna treat me like a champion.’”
On being motivated to spoil Haney’s plans
“I’m going to do that. I’m going to do it. I’m training my ass off for this, bro. I sacrificed so much for this one moment, so there’s no failure.
“I literally can’t get the vision out of my head. It’s only victory and I think it’s going to be a brutal stoppage.”