Devin Haney worked incredibly hard to get to where he is today. The 24-year-old scratched, clawed, and patiently waited until he was given the opportunity. Once it was handed to him, he took it and ran with it.
Back-to-back victories vs. George Kambosos Jr., followed by a controversial win against Vasiliy Lomachenko just over a month ago, both began and preserved Haney’s undisputed lightweight throne.
Next up, Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) has a load of options. Of course, the Las Vegas, native could turn his attention toward Shakur Stevenson and Gervonta Davis, but that would require him to make those grueling weight cuts to 135 pounds.
While doable, Haney, at least recently, hasn't appeared too excited about the possibility of continuing to drain his body. If Haney gives up all four of his titles, his plan isn’t to remain beltless for too long.
In what would be his first fight at 140 pounds, Haney is seemingly locked in on facing WBC titleholder, Regis Prograis. On paper, Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs) would be the most dangerous fighter that Haney has faced yet. Be that as it may, Richardson Hitchins doesn't believe that Haney will have much to worry about.
“I give the edge to Devin,” said Hitchins to BoxingScene.com. “I think he’s the way better fighter, way more skillful fighter. Hopefully, I get the shot first.”
In terms of landing a shot against Prograis before Haney does, Hitchins shouldn't be holding his breath. With only a handful of fights under his belt, the 25-year-old former Olympian still has a long way to go before he arrives at the doorstep of a title shot.
By and large, the 34-year-old Prograis is considered by many as the division’s top dog. Those thoughts, however, may have changed following Teofimo Lopez’s recent win over Josh Taylor. Hitchins though, isn’t enamored with Prograis and can't figure out why anybody would view him as an elite fighter.
As Haney and Prograis inch closer and closer to facing off, Hitchins isn’t backing off his initial prediction.
“I never really thought too much about Regis. I just feel like he’s a gritty fighter and he has experience but Devin is on a whole other level from him.”