Garcia’s comments came following Haney’s impressive win over Regis Prograis to become the WBC super lightweight champion. The victory was all the more impressive since Haney dominated the biggest puncher in the division on his debut at the weight class. The ‘Dream’ won every round on his way to a unanimous decision win. The performance came a week after Ryan Garcia’s stoppage-win over Oscar Duarte. Both boxers have fought 140. Their record stands at 3-3, having fought each other in the amateur circuit. Now Garcia wants the chance to settle that rivalry.
“I can’t wait to get it active with him. Haney is Good no doubt but I know him all to[o] well and I will beat him. Good stuff tonight congrats but this year we are going to run it!!!” One thing is certain in my eyes is that Haney and I will fight in 2024. You can hold me to it unless it’s not in God’s will,” Garcia said
Haney could also be ordered to defend his WBC super lightweight title against Sandor Martin. The ‘Dream’ became a two-weight world champion after beating Prograis. Prograis chose to face Haney over Martin, his mandatory, which is why the Spaniard could get his shot now. Martin has 41 wins under his belt, while three of his losses include a split-decision loss to Teofimo Lopez. If Haney were to sidestep, then he would be stripped as a result.
Haney’s possibilities of having a unification at 140 could suffer. Fights against Teofimo Lopez, Subriel Matias or Rolando Romero are possible. A fight against Lopez and Matias would pose the most challenging test for Haney. Meanwhile, a fight against Romero would arguably be the easiest route from the other two options. Outside of that, Haney could target a fight at 147 for a belt. If Terence Crawford moves up from welterweight, a fight could play out for a vacated belt, giving Haney a chance to be a three-division champion.