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  • Writer's pictureLawrence Williams

Devin Haney is No Longer the Undisputed Lightweight Champion; Named Champion in Recess

Devin 'The Dream' Haney (30-0 15KOs) fourteen month Undisputed Lightweight title reign has come to end. The WBC has named Haney Champion in Recess at Lightweight while he pursue a fight with WBC Super Lightweight Champion Regis Prograis (29-1 24KOs) for a fall showdown.

The WBC Lightweight Title is now vacant. Mandatory Challenger Shakur Stevenson (20-0 10KOs) will be ordered to fight the highest available contender for the vacant title on November 16th in Las Vegas.

WBC Lightweight Champion Devin Haney petitioned to fight WBC Super Lightweight champion Regis Prograis.  Champion Haney wished to remain as WBC World Lightweight Champion until after his fight with Champion Prograis takes place, at which point he would decide in what division he would remain.  The WBC Mandatory Challenger in the Lightweight Division is Shakur Stevenson.

The WBC Board of Governors voted in favor of the following:

(1) Granting Champion Haney's petition to fight Champion Prograis for the WBC Super Lightweight World Championship.

(2) Placing  Champion Haney as Champion-in-Recess in the Lightweight Division.

(3) Ordering a bout between Lightweight Mandatory Challenger Shakur Stevenson and the highest available contender in that division.

(4)  After fighting Champion Prograis, allowing Champion Haney to choose between remaining at 135 or 140 pounds on a timetable that the WBC would order.

(5) If Champion Haney decides to return to the Lightweight Division within that timetable, the WBC would order the fight between Champion Haney and the then World Champion on a 50-50 basis under the provisions that the WBC Rules & Regulations may provide for those situations.

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