A fight seemed almost inevitable after Garcia contacted team Haney following Devin’s victory over Regis Prograis to become the new WBC Junior Welterweight Champion. Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya set his sights on a fight in March. Garcia then pulled the plug shortly after being spotted with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
This raised suggestions Mayweather’s influence had turned his head as he choose to face Rolando Romero instead. Ryan justified the decision as a better business move as Romero offered a world title and a potentially bigger purse. That would make the Haney fight for a unification even bigger. Bill was not impressed at Garcia’s conduct, calling him afraid of facing the best.
“Lying Ryan said [Haney vs Prograis] did 30(k) and the other people said 50(k). Ya’ll don’t even know how many PPVs it was. I could tell you it was a million and you still wouldn’t know…it don’t make no difference, you scared to death. You know Lying Ryan is scared to death. He jumped in grown folks’ business and raised his hand. That’s why I said he can’t be La Raza. He can’t be from Northern California, where I grew up. He can’t be one of them,” Bill said
Devin’s options include defending his title against Sandor Martin, his WBC mandatory. Martin has stopped his last two opponents after losing his biggest fight against Teofimo Lopez via a split decision. Another alternative is a unification with Teofimo Lopez. The Takeover holds the WBO Junior Welterweight Title after giving Josh Taylor his first-ever defeat. Bill was focused on putting his son against Lopez to decide the best in the division.
“Tell Teofimo Lopez, Teofimo Lopez Sr, stop talking about a decorated real two-time undisputed champion in Crawford. You got Devin Haney problems. You done ran and played enough games,” Bill stated