Eddie Hearn Reveals Why Ryan Garcia Isn’t Fighting Devin Haney

Published 03/08/2021, 6:00 AM EST
DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates with Oscar de la Hoya after his victory against Luke Campbell for WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)


Ryan Garcia, WBC’s mandatory lightweight challenger, hasn’t expressed his desire in facing the 135 lbs champion, Devin Haney, as he called out WBA titleholder Gervonta Davis after winning against Luke Campbell.

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Still fresh from the win, Garcia has several options ahead and ‘Dream’ has to be the most suitable one. Garcia is the Interim WBC champion, and a fight with Haney wouldn’t demand any contractual turmoil. But ‘KingRy’ hasn’t opened up on the bout and seems to have lost his interest.

That said, Devin Haney’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has ridiculed Ryan Garcia and wished the WBC to mandate a fight between the young lightweight champions. He sat with Boxing Scene to shed his opinion on the entire situation.

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“I think [the WBC] may order Garcia-[Javier] Fortuna because Garcia is supposed to fight Devin Haney. So, it’s so f—ing bizarre. There’s loads of money for that fight [Haney-Garcia]. DAZN would f—ing love it. But he wants money, Garcia, so why not fight Haney?” said Eddie Hearn.

Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia have contended against each other at the amateur level. So, Hearn referred to their past fights and claimed that Garcia is afraid.

The Matchroom Director continued, “Whether it’s the past, whether it’s fighting in the amateurs or they just don’t think they beat him. Because let’s be honest, if they thought they’d beat him, they’d fight him. But it’s not hard to come to that conclusion, is it?”

Ryan Garcia- How many challengers does the Interim champion have?

In recent times, the undefeated champion has hinted at several alluring contests. After Gervonta Davis, he touted a fight against octuple world champion Manny Pacquiao for some brief weeks. But the matchup faded away with time.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: Ryan Garcia poses after defeating Romero Duno in a lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia won with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Garcia vs Davis doesn’t seem ready to get relevant on the charts. At the same time, Devin Haney is also out of a relevant contender. So, WBC might take the right step and pit the undefeated champions against each other.

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If not, Devin Haney has also linked himself with a possible clash against former champion, Vasyl Lomachenko. But looking at the ongoing situation, Garcia vs Haney might make the most sense amid all.

Do you think Ryan Garcia vs Devin Haney will happen anytime sooner? What do you make of Hearn’s comments?

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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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