Haney To Take A Break After Garcia’s Suspension

Devin Haney will take a break from boxing after Ryan Garcia’s one-year suspension for testing positive for Ostarine. 

Haney’s defeat to Garcia became a no-contest, as Haney’s undefeated 31-0 record was reinstated. Haney suffered much damage, as Garcia dropped him three times. Haney has been ordered to box Sandor Martin; his WBC is mandatory at 140. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn did not make a purse bid despite Haney working closely with DAZN.

Top Rank made the only purse bid, winning a $2.42 million bid. Hearn indicated he was not keen on the fight, leaving Haney with a choice. He could take the Martin fight and risk it flopping if it goes on PPV. The other option is to vacate and target a bigger fight at 140.

Alternatively, Haney could move up to 147. He has been linked with a fight against Mario Barrios. Barrios became the WBC champion at 147 after being elevated from his interim belt once Terence Crawford moved to junior middleweight. It appears Haney will take the rest of the year off to decide. 

Despite this being the case, Tim Bradley has urged Haney to consider the decision wisely. 

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“You want to take one year or two years. I don’t think it’s a good look. I know he’s young, 25 or 26. Take your little break. Maybe take a year or or two years. Why? What for?”

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