Devin Haney dominates Regis Prograis to win WBC super welterweight title

Haney dominated Prograis in San Francisco (Getty Images)
Haney dominated Prograis in San Francisco (Getty Images)

Devin Haney beat Regis Prograis by unanimous decision in his division debut to win the WBC super welterweight title in his hometown on Saturday night.

Haney (31-0) remained unbeaten with a slow but dominant victory over Prograis in front of a sellout crowd at Chase Center in San Francisco, home of the Golden State Warriors.

All three judges scored the bout 120-107 in Haney's favor. Prograis (29-2) lost for the first time since October 2019.

It was Haney's first fight as a super welterweight since he made the decision to move up after having trouble making weight at lightweight, where he is the undisputed champion. He is now a two division champion.

The San Francisco native was cheered wildly while repeatedly landing a stiff left hand and several hard right hooks that kept Prograis from finding a rhythm.

He dropped Prograis in the third round with a stinging straight right hand.

Prograis couldn't avoid Haney's crisp right hand to the head that repeatedly landed and opened a small cut on his nose in the sixth round.

And the new: Haney won the super welterweight title on his divisional debut (Getty Images)
And the new: Haney won the super welterweight title on his divisional debut (Getty Images)

Prograis, who was criticized following a lackluster win over Danielito Zorrilla in June, picked up the pace in the latter rounds but it wasn't enough. Haney continued to pepper Prograis and staggered the former champ with three consecutive hard right hooks in the ninth.

The win opens the door for Haney to take part in big money fights now. Among those being rumored for his next fight are Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia.

In the co-main event, Liam Paro beat Montana Love by TKO in the sixth round to win the WBO Intercontinental super lightweight championship. Paro dropped Love twice earlier in the round with a left uppercut and a left to the head before the referee stopped the fight.

Also on the undercard, Japan's Miyo Yoshida won the women's IBF bantamweight title by unanimous decision over defending champion Ebanie Bridges. Former Olympic champion Andy Cruz, in his second professional fight, defeated Jovanni Straffon by TKO in the third round to win the IBF and vacant WBA Continental Latin-American lightweight titles.

Additional reporting from AP