Who beat Regis Prograis in boxing? Revisiting the Josh Taylor fight

Devin Haney moves to super lightweight to face WBC champion Regis Prograis at the Chase Center in San Francisco on December 9. The fight will air on DAZN PPV in the U.S.

Prograis last fought in June, edging the unheralded Danielito Zorrilla to retain the title. Pushed hard in that fight, the New Orleans-born star must perform better against Haney, the former undisputed lightweight champion.

“The Dream” beat George Kambosos Jr. in Australia twice and won a close decision over Vasiliy Lomachenko in May. He is currently rated No. 6 on The Sporting News pound-for-pound list.

One man who knows both fighters well is Josh Taylor. The former undisputed super lightweight champion is the only man to beat Prograis and is well aware of Haney’s attributes.

How does “The Tartan Tornado” see this fight going?

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

“I think that’s a great fight, they’re two very good fighters,” Taylor told Boxing News via DAZN. “Obviously, I shared the ring with Prograis, and me and him had a good dust-up, I’ve not shared the ring with Haney, but I’ve met him a couple of times and saw him in training and stuff, he’s very sharp.

“In my opinion, I just think that Devin Haney is a little bit too young, too fresh, too sharp.” 

Taylor and Prograis clashed in 2019 in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series. The former won via majority decision and added the WBA and Ring Magazine titles to the IBF championship he was defending.

Prograis threw more punches (739 to 664) and landed 252 of them (34%), better than the 207 landed for Taylor (31%). Per BoxStat, Taylor had more luck in the middle and final rounds, connecting at a higher rate (35% and 37%) compared to the early rounds (29%). Prograis landed 117 jabs, while Taylor used a lead hook to do plenty of damage. 

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Storming back in the later rounds, Prograis gave Taylor a run for his money in the championship rounds. When The Sporting News covered the fight, the exact lines regarding Prograis’ efforts were, “Where was this Prograis for the bulk of the fight? Too little, too late, as the fight should go to Taylor.” SN scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Taylor. 

Prograis rebounded following that fight, winning five in a row, including a knockout win against Jose Zepeda in 2022 for the title he now holds.


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