SAN FRANCISCO – Regis Prograis plans to knock out Devin Haney on Saturday night.

The strong southpaw doesn’t think the unbeaten Haney can take his power and doesn’t have enough power of his own to keep the durable WBC super lightweight champion off of him. Haney has undoubtedly made a matchmaking mistake, according to Prograis, by choosing him as the former undisputed lightweight champion’s first opponent since he moved up from the 135-pound division.

That doesn’t mean Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs) feels he needs to knock out Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) to win their 12-round, 140-pound championship clash at Chase Center, the home arena of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The New Orleans native is confident he can win a decision in what’s been billed as a homecoming fight for Haney, a Henderson, Nevada resident who was born in San Francisco and lived in nearby Oakland as a child.

“I don’t feel like that, but I do feel like I’m gonna punish him,” Prograis told when asked about needing a knockout. “I do feel like Imma hurt him. You don’t wanna feel like, ‘Oh, I gotta go knock him out to get a [win].’ But, for me, Imma put my all in it. You know, Imma fight 12 hard rounds and I don’t think he’s gonna be able to stand up to that.

“I really don’t feel like he’s gonna be able to stand up to 12 hard rounds. What I’m coming with, I don’t think he’s gonna be able to stand up to that. So, if it goes to a decision, I think it’ll be a lopsided decision for me, and they won’t be able to take it. I really feel like that.”

Prograis would have good reason to be wary of allowing judges Rey Danesco, Mike Ross and Fernando Villarreal to determine the outcome of their DAZN Pay-Per-View main event.

The Katy, Texas resident doesn’t have history with any of the three judges that the California State Athletic Commission assigned to their bout. His lone loss, however, came by majority decision to Scottish southpaw Josh Taylor in their 12-round, 140-pound title unification fight in October 2019 at O2 Arena in London.

Judges Matteo Montella (117-112) and Alfredo Polanco (115-113) scored their very competitive fight for Taylor. Judge Benoit Roussel saw Taylor-Prograis as a draw, 114-114.

In Prograis’ most recent fight, one judge, Craig Metcalfe, scored Puerto Rico’s Danielito Zorrilla a 114-113 winner over Prograis in a 12-rounder that took place at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Prograis’ hometown. Judges Josef Mason (117-110) and Robert Tapper (118-109) scored that fight for Prograis, who won a split decision and retained his WBC belt.

Less than a month earlier, Haney out-pointed three-division champion Vasiliy Lomachenko unanimously in a closely contested, 12-round, 135-pound championship match. Judges Tim Cheatham (115-113), Dave Moretti (116-112) and David Sutherland (115-113) all scored their fight for Haney, but Ukraine’s Lomachenko and his handlers felt he was robbed May 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Prograis, 34, and Haney, 25, will headline a four-fight DAZN Pay-Per-View show set to begin at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). DAZN subscribers can purchase it for $59.99 through the streaming service’s website or app, but it’ll cost non-subscribers $74.99.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.