Boxing Update: Oscar de la Hoya Confirms City for Haney vs Garcia, but ‘Specific Venue’ Yet to Be Set

Published 02/13/2024, 1:24 AM EST

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Following a thrilling 2023, 2024 continues to deliver exciting bouts. As people wait for Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou in March, a fight between Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney was finally confirmed. As revealed previously, the fight will take place on April 20, but what about where? Oscar De La Hoya has the answer.

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In a recent pinch, acclaimed boxing writer and 2013 BWAA Nat Fleischer Award winner Dan Rafael hopped on X to shed light on his conversation with the head of Golden Boy Promotions about the location of the fight. Though Oscar revealed the city they are eyeing, he claimed the venue is still up in the air.

Oscar De La Hoya is still looking for the perfect spot

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Earlier today, Rafael tweeted, “Spoke to [Oscar De La Hoya], who said that [Haney-Garcia] will take place in Las Vegas, but there is no specific venue set just yet.” It’s worth mentioning that making the fight was no easy task. The path to a successful signing was marred with betrayals and boxing politics at its peak.

Previously, it looked like Garcia would fight Rolly Romero, but the latter decided to take on Isaac Cruz instead, a fight scheduled for March 30. Nevertheless, things are heading in the right direction for Garcia and Haney, as the pair will face each other for Haney’s WBC super lightweight title. And since finalizing the fight, the animosity between Garcia and Haney has only escalated. 

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A fight nearly broke out between Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney

Garcia and Haney were both present in the Super Bowl Radio Row in Las Vegas on 10 February. So, when they caught a glimpse of each other, things quickly spiraled into trash talk, with each claiming to get the upper hand during their fight. However, the scuffle nearly ended in an all-out brawl when Garcia pushed Haney.

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Thankfully, their teams stepped in to defuse the situation as they separated the pair from each other. The clip of the incident was shared on social media, which immediately went viral, creating even more anticipation for the fight. It’s also worth mentioning that their April 20 fight won’t be their first encounter in the ring. They have fought each other six times in their amateur days, with either picking up three wins. 

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At long last, fans will get to witness the ultimate clash at 140 ponds between Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney in Las Vegas as revealed by Oscar De La Hoya! Who knows, the winner of the fight may go on to fight the face of boxing, Gervonta Davis. If Haney wins and goes on to fight Davis, that will instantly become the fight of the year! Until then, who do you think will win when Garcia and Haney finally step into the ring?

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Sudeep Sinha

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