Bill Haney Won’t Say If Devin Will Return To 135 To Reclaim WBC Title – SolSportHQ
By Adam Baskin: Bill Haney sounded like a man in the hot seat under bright lights being interrogated when asked the simple question today whether Devin Haney will return to the lightweight division after facing WBC 140-lb champion Regis Prograis in October to reclaim his 135-lb belt belonging to that sanctioning body.
Bill didn’t even want to go there because he knows that there is an excellent chance that when the smoke clears, Shakur Stevenson will be the one that will be in possession of the WBC lightweight, and Haney is totally unequipped to win that fight or even be competitive.
It’s easy to predict that Haney will never attempt to reclaim his WBC lightweight title if Shakur ends up with that. Haney will come back won to lightweight if he loses to Prograis and/or he has a chance to fight Gervonta Davis or face George Kambosos Jr for a trilogy contest in Australia for easy money.
“You have a 24-year-old guy that’s doing it for y’all, going up to 140 pounds and taking on a puncher and a champion in your next fight. You’re doing it for the people,” said Bill Haney to 78SportsTV about Devin Haney challenging WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis in October.
“Being a champion and remaining the champion is that’s what Devin has been, and out of those guys, he’s the longest remaining champion. Since he became a champion, that’s all he’d ever been, and that’s all that we stay at.
The only reason Haney is the lightweight champion is that the bottom fringe-level fighter George Kambosos Jr picked up the belts from an ill & injured Teofimo Lopez.
Talk about your dumb luck. Haney should have lost those four belts in his last fight, but the judges arguably robbed Vasily Lomachenko, giving it to the popular A-side guy.
“We’re not going to overlook Mr. Regis Prograis because we know that he is going to come on that night, and he is going to be the best Regis Prograis,” said Bill. “Once we handle this business, then you know we’ll see what’s next.
“We’re getting ready for Regis. We’re not taking him lightly. We’re coming in, like I said to be a two-division world champion. No, it’s winner take all,” side Bill when asked if there’s a rematch clause for the Prograis vs. Haney fight.
“We’re open to making the fights happen. This is the only fight that’s on the table right now, and it’s the only fight that we’re looking at. This is our second go-round with doing business with DAZN, and we’ve never had any problems.
“So you know we’ll deal with the future as it comes, but right now it’s Mr. Regis Prograis,” said Bill when asked if Haney will return to 135 to try and recapture his WBC lightweight belt, which will be getting stripped from him when he faces Prograis in October.
“No matter what they say, Mr. Prograis cannot get a fight with nobody. Even after the last fight [Danielito Zorrilla], he’s high-risk, low reward.
“What more would you ask of Devin than to go up and give an opportunity to a puncher, a dangerous fighter, a world champion at 140 pounds? So once again, this fight is about legacy.
“It’s about Devin moving up to become a future two-time undisputed champion, and it’s one more step towards greatness. The [Prograis] fight is going to happen. It can’t not happen because Devin is a WBC world champion moving up to challenge the 140-pound WBC world champion.
“So Devin’s position takes precedent over any other position in the rankings. So it’s not a matter of, ‘Is it going to happen?’ It’s just when is it going to be announced, when is it happening than anything else,” said Bill about the Prograis vs. Haney fight.