Who is Subriel Matias? Will Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis winner face Puerto Rican knockout artist

Boxing looks to end 2023 on a high note when Devin Haney moves up in weight to face Regis Prograis for the WBC super lightweight title at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The 12-round bout, plus undercard action, will air on DAZN PPV in the U.S.

Haney was the undisputed lightweight champion but relinquished his title belts to compete in another weight class. The 25-year-old continues his theme of doing whatever it takes to prove he’s the best, having outpointed George Kambosos Jr. twice in the Aussie’s backyard before outpointing former pound-for-pound No. 1 Vasiliy Lomachenko in May.

After losing to Josh Taylor in a super lightweight unification bout in 2019, Prograis became a leading man again after knocking out Jose Zepeda in 2022. The WBC champion was far from his vintage best when he outpointed Danielito Zorrilla to retain his title, but the 34-year-old will be a completely different animal against Haney and he’s ready to upset the odds.

Following this fight, many are wondering who is next for the winner. A rematch could be on the table, but there are also several other enticing options. Various contenders are waiting to get their hands on the WBC title, as are the rival champions.

WATCH: Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis, live on DAZN

Step forward IBF titleholder Subriel Matias, who is one of the hardest hitters in the sport today.

Who is Subriel Matias? 

Matias turned pro in 2015 and has a 20-1 record, with all of his wins coming via knockout. 

The 31-year-old primarily fought in Puerto Rico to start his career, but he’s been stateside for the past three years. Matias lost the first pro fight of his career in 2020 when he was outpointed by Petros Ananyan. Since then, “El Orgullo de Maternillo” has won five in a row. 

In February 2023, he defeated Jeremias Nicolas Ponce via retirement to win the IBF super lightweight title. Matias followed that up by successfully defending the belt in November against Shohjahon Ergashev.

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Will Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis winner fight Subriel Matias? 

There are plenty of fights to make at super lightweight. However, the champions in the division would like unification contests, and if Prograis can retain his WBC title, he’s stated previously that he’s interested in facing Matias. 

Matias has called out Prograis many times. Eddie Hearn initially liked the idea of Prograis vs. Matias, and it could still be a possibility. After Matias’ win over Ergashev, “Rougarou” called for a fight with Matias, writing “Regis Prograis vs. Subriel Matias 2024” on Twitter/X.

However, a Haney fight is also of great interest to Matias. If Haney beats Prograis, “The Dream” wants to unify the division before moving up to another weight class.

Matias respects Haney’s skills but doesn’t give his entire body of work the same consideration. 

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“I think Devin is good technically,” Matias told Boxing Scene. “But he doesn’t have heart. He’s a chicken. He runs a lot.”

In that same performance review, Matias said he wanted an opportunity against Haney to prove he was right. 

Matias will keep an eye on Haney vs. Prograis and may look to call out the winner.


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