Devin Haney Accuses Ryan Garcia of Ducking After Garcia’s Latest Fight Announcement

Published 04/14/2021, 2:10 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 13: Devin Haney(red and white trunks) celebrates with his coach after beating Zaur Abdullaev(Red and black trunks) by doctor stoppage for The WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)


The lightweight division is easily one of the most exciting in the sport; Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney are two of the top talents at 135 lbs. The pair share history between them, dating back to the amateurs. However, they are yet to meet each other in the professional scene.

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Despite this, it appeared that Garcia, as the mandatory challenger to ‘The Dream’ had the opportunity to make the fight. However, he chased after other big fights against Gervonta Davis and Manny Pacquiao.

‘King Ry’ has now announced his next fight, and it’s neither of those.

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DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates his victory against Luke Campbell at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)

The undefeated 21-0 boxer took to his Instagram to announce the date for his next bout. He shared a fight banner which showed him and Javier Fortuna and captioned it, “I’m finally back in action 💥 “JULY 9th” IM SO EXCITED MORE MEMORIES TO MAKE ⚔️”

This showed that despite not getting to fight Davis or Pacquiao, Garcia is excited about his next fight. However, there will be a lot of criticism, as the American sensation teased ‘big fights’ and Fortuna is a relatively low profile fighter.

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Devin Haney reacts to Ryan Garcia’s fight announcement

First to criticize the choice of opponent was Garcia’s old-foe, Devin Haney. The undefeated WBC champion will face Jorge Linares on May 29. However, he showed his honest thoughts on Ryan Garcia’s next fight and accused him of ducking.

The Dream’ took to Twitter to share his thoughts and reminded everyone of what Ryan Garcia’s next fight means. “Let’s not forget Ryan is fighting another Title Eliminator, when he could’ve easily been fighting for the TITLE,” wrote Haney.

The undefeated American then took a dig at his old rival by referencing his desire to get a big fight against Davis or Pacquiao. He accused Garcia of lying since he added the hashtag ‘cap’. Moreover, he also added a few emoticons to suggest that Garcia ducked him.

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Regardless of what boxing fans think about the WBC interim lightweight champion’s next fight, it appears as though this Haney-Garcia rivalry is heating up. Hence, fans will hope that both boxers get the victory and stay on course to face each other.

What do you make of this fight announcement from Ryan Garcia? Do you think Devin Haney is right in accusing him?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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