WBC President Reveals Why Ryan Garcia Is Not Fighting Devin Haney Next

Published 04/09/2021, 8:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES NOVEMBER 2, 2019: American boxer Ryan Garcia wins his WBC Silver and NABO lightweight title bout against Philippine rival Romero Duno at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


The stupendous matchup between the WBC interim champion, Ryan Garcia, and the WBC champion, Devin Haney, has remained the talk of the town for a long time. Especially after Garcia’s last win over Campbell, fans felt that the lightweight thriller would finally materialize. Yet, the bout between the undefeated lightweights didn’t come to fruition, and both of them are in talks to fight different opponents.

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Now, the WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman shared his notion. Speaking to SiriusXM Boxing, he said, “Well, in this case, it’s different. What happened is that we’ve been in communications with all the camps. And Ryan Garcia wants to fight Haney, but he wants to fight him when it is appropriate, when there is public in the arena, so they can maximize.”

They understand, it’s a big fight, it’s a big-money fight so all they want to do is maximize that event and that’s why we took this course.”

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The lightweight division is filled with undefeated pugilists, including Haney and Garcia. The youngsters have cemented their place in the sport and have remained fan-favorite right since their debuts. Hence, a fight between the duo will undeniably be one of the best in the weight class.

But, considering the ongoing pandemic, ‘KingRy’ and his team are bound to push this fight further, but Garcia and Haney would need to win their fights against other opponents to ensure that they remain on a collision course.

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Ryan Garcia vs Devin Haney to happen by year-end?

There are seemingly fewer possibilities of this fight taking place soon. But as the year progresses, the chances of seeing the duo collide will increase.

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For now, Devin Haney and his team are in abrupt talks to fight the veteran Jorge Linares. Whereas Garcia and his corner are looking to battle out Javier Fortuna by July 2021.

Furthermore, both the fighters are currently occupied and will only touch gloves with each other if they get past their fellow opponents in the next fights.

Garcia (21-0) and Haney (25-0) are level with each other in terms of skill sets and ring IQ. However, the debate on the best lightweight fighter will only end once the duo boxes each other.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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