By Adam Baskin: Devin Haney has been granted a six-day extension by the WBC till July 27 to determine whether or not he’ll defend in opposition to Shakur Stevenson at 135 or transfer as much as 140 to combat Regis Prograis.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stated it was a petition from Haney & Prograis, which suggests these two want extra time to barter a deal.
Sadly, it appears to be like like Shakur (20-0, 10 KOs) is the odd man out and will not get his probability to show Haney to turn out to be the undisputed light-weight champion. Most suppose Haney feels he cannot beat Shakur, so he is a foe to keep away from.
Boxing followers have been hoping Haney can be courageous and select to remain at 135 to face Shakur, nevertheless it seems the Oakland, Calif. native has determined to tackle susceptible 140-pound WBC champion Prograis.
A win over Devin would have taken 26-year-old Stevenson’s profession to the subsequent degree, making him the person at 135 marginalize WBA Secondary Champion Gervonta Davis.
In accordance Dan RaphaelMatchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has requested the WBC to offer him extra time to arrange the Prograis vs. Haney combat.
— Mauricio Sulaiman (@wbcmoro) July 21, 2023
It is excellent news for WBC gentle welterweight champion Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs) that Haney has determined to go the route of difficult him for his belt as a result of it is the one probability to acquire a considerable wage earlier than being dethroned.
Prograis nearly misplaced his final combat in opposition to the misunderstood Danielito Zorrilla final June, successful a doubtful twelve-round cut up resolution in his hometown of New Orleans.
The entire vulnerabilities that Zorrilla has uncovered in Prograis’ recreation on this combat are ones that Haney can exploit fairly simply.
This resolution by Haney to go within the path of Prograis just isn’t sudden as nobody believed he would keep at 135 to tangle with Shakur Stevenson, particularly after his controversial 12-round unanimous resolution win over Vasily Lomachenko final Could.
Lomachenko confirmed that Haney would not have the power to have an extended reign as light-weight champion. Haney is only a good B-tier fighter who collected all of the 135-pound belts in a single combat by beating weak unified champion George Kambosos Jr.
Shakur will combat for the WBC light-weight title as soon as he’s launched by Haney, presumably in opposition to No. 1 Lomachenko. If Loma would not need the combat, it might fall to one in every of these WBC High Teenagers rating contenders to combat Shakur for the vacant belt:
4. Guillaume Zepeda
5. Frank Martin
6. Edwin DeLos Santos
7. Jamaine Ortiz
8. Artem Harutyunyan
9. Shuichiro Yoshino
10. Raymond Muratalla