Devin Haney will go toe-to-toe with Regis Prograis on Saturday, December 9, at the illustrious Chase Center in San Francisco, California. This electrifying clash will be broadcast live on DAZN PPV in North America and globally on DAZN.
Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs), aiming to make history as a two-weight World champion, is making a triumphant return to his Bay Area roots. Haney conquered George Kambosos Jr. in Australia in June 2022 and successfully retained his title in subsequent fights against Vasiliy Lomachenko. Now, the 24-year-old San Francisco native has a shot at creating more history in his hometown.
Regis Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs), on the other hand, is defending his WBC title for the second time after prevailing over Danielito Zorrilla in April. The 34-year-old, ‘Rougarou’, a two-time holder of the WBC title, is returning to The Golden State to challenge the former undisputed Lightweight king.
This confrontation is a splendid addition to DAZN’s robust schedule closing 2023, featuring multiple high-stake battles across various locations, including London, Manchester, Cancun, Monte Carlo, Los Angeles, Dublin, and Glendale, with renowned fighters like Jai Opetaia, Leigh Wood, Josh Warrington, Jack Catterall, Jorge Linares, O’Shaquie Foster, Rocky Hernandez, Joe Cordina, Diego Pacheco, Marcelo Coceres, Chantelle Cameron, Katie Taylor, Jesse Rodriguez, and Sunny Edwards.
Jared Kass, SVP North America, expressed his excitement about the event, stating, “This will be a phenomenal night of boxing, a genuine fighter’s bout, witnessing two of the finest in the division battle it out in December in San Francisco.”
Haney vs. Prograis marks the inaugural boxing event at the state-of-the-art Chase Center in San Francisco, an 18,064-seat arena opened in 2019, hosting the seven-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors and a slew of premium events and performances.
“I can’t wait for this. It’s shaping up as one of the premier fights of the year in the Bay Area. The response has been overwhelming; we’ve already sold close to 9000 tickets at the Chase Center within the first week. San Francisco has been void of significant boxing events for over ten years. Now, with Devin Haney’s homecoming, the world champion Regis Prograis seeks to disrupt the celebrations.
“Some might discuss the contrasting techniques and Haney’s exceptional accuracy. Yet, Haney isn’t shy to step into a fight. Regis Prograis isn’t just technically sound but also possesses a powerful punch. This fight stands as one of the elite encounters in boxing, and both competitors are confident about their chances. Devin Haney once assured me he’d return to Matchroom, and he’s stayed true to his commitment. He’s onboard for one of the most significant fights, and we have certain future rights to him. However, I doubt we’ll invoke them. It feels like he’s always been around.
“In our portfolio, we also represent Regis Prograis. Our duty was to line up the best fights for him, and we’ve succeeded. We’ve reintroduced Devin to DAZN. His aim is to secure a victory and then challenge Ryan Garcia and Teofimo Lopez. We can facilitate all these fights on DAZN. Regis shares a similar ambition. Essentially, it’s about the elite meeting the elite. The reigning world lightweight champion going against the current WBC champion at 140 – it’s a stellar showdown. The anticipation for the coming seven weeks is immense. I genuinely believe both boxers thrive on grand stages. They shine the brightest under intense scrutiny and during pivotal moments.
“This is no ordinary fight. On December 9, expect the zenith from both Devin and Regis Prograis. Regis believes his past performances and accomplishments haven’t received the due recognition. This fight offers him an opportunity to solidify his position among boxing giants like Gervonta Davis, Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, and the likes, including Devin. He’s resolute in his ambition.
“The event also promises exciting undercard bouts. We’re featuring Liam Paro, one of our rising Australian talents, squaring off with Montana Love, making for an interesting 140 division fight. Both have aspirations to challenge the victor of the Haney-Prograis contest, making their fight evenly poised. Then there’s Andy Cruz pitted against Hector Tanajara; a significant challenge given it’s only Cruz’s second pro fight, especially against the fierce Tanajara. Additionally, the women’s division sees IBF bantamweight world champion Ebanie Bridges defending her title against Avril Mathie. December 9 is set to be packed with thrilling action.”