Ryan Garcia and promoter Oscar De La Hoya are often not on the same page, but right now, they seem to be.
Garcia called out Devin Haney during Haney’s dominant win over Regis Prograis on Saturday night, and De La Hoya says he’ll “push for” the fight to happen.
Haney now has the WBC junior welterweight title, and also said he has been considering a move up to 147, but we’ll see what happens.
Haney is Good no doubt but I know him all to well and I will beat him. Good stuff tonight congrats but this year we are going to run it!!!— RYAN GARCIA (@RyanGarcia) December 10, 2023
Garcia, who fought and beat Oscar Duarte last weekend, says he has the tools and the knowledge to beat Haney, whom he met in the amateurs.
“This was Devin at his finest, but his finest is something that can put people to sleep that is watching,” he wrote on social media. “I know what he’s missing. He can have it one day but he don’t have it right now. Make your assumptions, I can’t wait to get it active with him!”
Garcia (24-1, 20 KO) and Haney (31-0, 15 KO) were ordered to meet for Haney’s WBC lightweight title after Garcia beat Luke Campbell in early 2021, but Garcia and Golden Boy passed on the opportunity.
That was then, though. Garcia now has a loss to Gervonta “Tank” Davis, and if he really pushes to fight Haney next, you do have to admire his willingness to take hard matchups at top level. Boxing could use a lot more of that mindset.
Both Matchroom and Golden Boy are with DAZN, so the fight should — or at least could — be easy to get done if DAZN are willing to pay for it. It would be a money fight.