Garcia contacted team Haney after ‘The Dream’s’ win over Regis Prograis to become the WBC junior welterweight champion. Haney was receptive to the fight after a Gervonta Davis bout failed to materialize. Garcia and Haney have faced each other six times in the amateurs with a record of 3-3. They have just fought on DAZN, removing any obstacles with networks. De La Hoya was optimistic that a deal could be made, with talks set to begin soon.
“We’re going to start the official negotiations [for Ryan Garcia vs. Dereck Haney] after this fight [Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Fredrick Lawson] this Saturday, and talk to whoever is in charge with Haney, and get this fight happening. I think this fight can easily get made. I think Haney’s father [Bill] and Devin, and very smart individuals who know what it takes to make a fight happen.
“We have to weigh a few factors into this. Haney is an amazing fighter. He just had an amazing outing with Prograis. We also have to take into consideration Ryan coming off the biggest PPV with Tank, and Ryan being a superstar. So, we have to weigh all that in, and just make it fair to everyone. As long as we’re fair to everyone, fights can be made. I’m hoping March would be ideal,” De La Hoya said
But the fight remains in the balance given Garcia’s dissatisfaction with Golden Boy. His contract reportedly ends within a year, making it paramount for De La Hoya to cash out with a big fight. Garcia was recently spotted with Floyd Mayweather at a shopping mall, suggesting he could sign with PBC. That leaves a limited time for De La Hoya to make the fight.
Ryan’s contract must be done soon😭bc Oscar knows Ryan won’t beat Haney
— El Chupacabron (@stop_carb) January 5, 2024
Ryan about to take another L 😭
— AnbuVidz (@AnbuVidz) January 5, 2024
The fight will sell. Haney outboxes him!
— The Fact Sleuth (@Diduknow98) January 5, 2024