Regis Prograis doesn't normally strut around bloviating perpetually about himself. He knows he’s a terrific fighter. The problem, however, is that he feels he’s alone in that assertion.
Although he’s a two-time world champion and currently holds the WBC super lightweight title, seldom, if ever, does his name appear on anyone’s pound-for-pound list. The omission doesn’t upset the 34-year-old. The conjecture of his peers and media members isn’t a fact by any stretch of the imagination. With that said, he also believes he’s been deprived of the right opportunity.
In just under two months, Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs) will finally jump into the spotlight. On December 9th, at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Devin Haney and Prograis will get it on. Losing is the furthest thing from Prograis' mind. With a win essentially guaranteed in his mind, Prograis is convinced that he’ll no longer be absent from those mythical pound-for-pound lists.
“For sure, for sure,” Prograis told The Sporting News during a recent interview when asked if he’s a pound-for-pounder with the win. “After I beat Devin, I’m for sure top ten pound-for-pound. Gotta be.”
Haney, 24, has most of the boxing world eating out of the palm of his hands. The former undisputed lightweight champ has racked up career-defining wins against the likes of George Kambosos Jr. and Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Those aforementioned victories have him safely pegged on virtually everyone’s pound-for-pound list. And, with a win over Prograis, he figures to move up even higher.
Prograis, without question, wants everything that Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) has. He won’t be given a world title if everything goes according to plan on December 9th, but Prograis believes he’ll earn something much greater.
“I feel like this fight is me stepping into my superstardom. That's what it is. It's me getting what I deserve.”