Regis Prograis: Devin Haney’s Perfect Record Was Everything to Him

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A few days on and people still have a lot to say about Ryan Garcia’s victory over Devin Haney – including Regis Prograis, who was the fighter Haney defeated to become the WBC junior welterweight titleholder.

Garcia won a majority decision over Haney on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, after a perceived mismatch turned into Garcia scoring three knockdowns and winning a decision. 

Prograis, who faced Haney on pay-per-view in San Francisco last December, believes the physical and mental damage Haney sustained last weekend will change him as a fighter. 

“Mentally, it is going to mess him up, and physically it is probably going to mess him up, too,” Prograis told FightHype.com. “We just have to see how he is going to come back from it.”

Over the years, Haney has drawn some comparisons to Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fighter he spent time around during the early part of his amateur career.

Haney also started a promotional company and has a habit of being risk-averse. Prograis implied that Haney attempted to build his image in a fashion similar to that of Mayweather. Unlike Mayweather, though, Haney now will no longer be able to hang his hat on an undefeated record.

“It is like he tried to be like Floyd Mayweather,” Prograis said. “So that perfect record was everything to him.”

Prograis said Haney, who has been allowed to retain his title by the WBC because Garcia missed weight, is a champion on paper alone.

“You can’t say you the champ,” Prograis said. “You got the belt, but you just lost.”

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