Eddie Hearn Reveals Why Devin Haney Will Fight Jorge Linares and Not Ryan Garcia

Published 04/07/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Devin Haney trains during the Devin Haney Media Workout at Rathbone Boxing Club on September 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)


Matchroom Kingpin Eddie Hearn has expressed his interest in booking WBC champion Devin Haney against Interim champion Ryan Garcia, following the latter’s win for the title against Luke Campbell in January.

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However, Ryan Garcia expressed his desire in facing other boxers. First WBA titleholder Gervonta Davis, and then octuple world champion, Manny Pacquiao. Although he is mandatory to Haney’s WBC belt, ‘KingRy’ hasn’t really wanted the matchup.

Meanwhile, Eddie Hearn has opened up to Sirius XM, claiming that Garcia has avoided the fight, leaving Jorge Linares as the next opponent for ‘The Dream’.

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“Ryan Garcia refused to fight Devin Haney, so we fight Linares and they made Garcia vs Fortuna. No problem – as long as we get the fight we want at the end… If they are good enough to come through, let’s just get it made in Sept/Oct,” said Eddie Hearn (H/T: Michael Benson)

Devin Haney was rumored to face former champion Vasyl Lomachenko a few days back. Both the lightweight stars had sparked a social media beef, putting themselves on each other’s radar, but their feud did not translate to a bout. Haney has confirmed his return against Linares, and Lomachenko is yet to announce his next fight.

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Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, and the whole lightweight roster

One of the deepest divisions in boxing, the 135 lbs roster has several big names and undefeated fighters. Moreover, there are several mandataries to every single world champion that prevents the booking of unification and undisputed title fights.

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That said, it further sets the stage for an even bigger collision when the current lightweight champions will finally face off. Starting from Gervonta Davis to Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney, and Ryan Garcia, the weight class has several youngsters who have showcased their championship potential.

DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia reacts after defeating Luke Campbell during the WBC Interim Lightweight Title fight at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, there are several veterans in Luke Campbell, Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Vasyl Lomachenko. They have also proven their worth in the title rides. So, the current 135 lbs journey can rightfully garner attention from boxing fans.

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Do you think the lightweight division will see its current champions collide against each other anytime soon? Could we see Haney vs Garcia in September or October?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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