Regis Prograis is preparing to partake in resounding plans.
The WBC super welterweight champion Prograis will next defend his title against Devin Haney on Dec. 9 at the Chase Center in San Francisco on DAZN PPV in North America.
Should the betting underdog Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs) outlast the undisputed lightweight champion Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) – who is moving up to 140 pounds for the first time to face him – the New Orleans native has his sights set on the best boxing can possibly offer soon after.
“I'm staying at 140 pounds. I really feel that I can be the face of boxing in two fights. We got Devin, and after that, it should be something bigger,” Prograis told BoxingScene.com in an interview.
"First I have to dominate Devin. You can't be the face if you don't dominate. And after that, of course, Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis, and Teofimo Lopez Jr. Those are the three big names that could come after.
“If the money was right, I think so [Davis would fight me at 140 pounds]. After Haney, there are so many big names out there for me. But I have to do this first, and there will be big sh!t after that. Right now I am focusing on Devin.”
The most renowned opponent Prograis has faced so far in his career was Josh Taylor in 2019. Prograis lost a competitive fight via majority decision in the World Boxing Super Series final.
The best win on his ledger so far has been the 11th-round stoppage win against Jose Zepeda in November 2022. Prograis picked up the vacant WBC title he now possesses with the victory.
A win against Haney would certainly be the hallmark of Prograis’ 11-year pro career, push him toward the top of the pound-for-pound rankings, and set him up with another big-time matchup in 2024.
“I feel like I am on the verge of superstardom. I am going to show up and show out on December 9,” said Prograis.
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