Haney Eyes A Future Clash With Garcia
Could we end up seeing a clash between two young fighters who haven’t even entered their prime?
Devin Haney, the WBC Lightweight Champion, is interested in collecting more gold. He is hoping for a bout against the winner of Javier Fortuna and Luke Campbell for the interim title. Another fight Haney (24-0) is interested in is against Vasiliy Lomachenko. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Haney has had to wait for his chance to fight. If he had his way, Haney, 21, would face another young gun in Ryan Garcia.
Speaking with Chris Mannix on his “Boxing with Chris Mannix” podcast, Haney stated that something can come out of a fight between him and Garcia (20-0).
“There’s so many big fights to be made in the 135-pound division,” Haney stated, via Bad Left Hook. “Huge fights. I’m anxious to get back. I just want to show the world I’m the best 135-pounder out there.
“That’s the fight the fans would love to see,” Haney went on to say about Garcia. “We’re both 21 years old, we’re both making crazy noise, we fought in the amateurs multiple times; everything just adds up and makes it a huge fight.”
Haney last fought in November, beating Alfredo Santiago via unanimous decision. Sidelined by a shoulder injury after, Haney was named “champion in recess” by the WBC before being reinstated. Haney has 15 wins via knockout and is currently considered the future of Matchroom Boxing.
The young fighter is currently under fire for recent comments made about “never losing to a white boy”, regarding Lomachenko. He went on to say in the interview that he was surprised his comments ended up causing issues. Haney has since apologized and talked with Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn.
“The correct thing was to say was I wouldn’t lose to anybody. You live and you learn,” Haney went on to say. “I’m young, and I understand what I said wasn’t the correct thing to say. But at the end of the day, I feel like I won’t lose to anyone, to any fighter.”
Garcia is considered the future of Golden Boy. His last fight was a first-round knockout against Francisco Fonseca back in February. It was his fourth finish in a row via some form of knockout. The WBC Silver Lightweight Champion, Garcia has slowly climbed up the latter when it comes to competition. Haney has nothing but respect for him when it comes to that.
“Every fight was competitive. None of the fights were easy,” Haney said. “Ryan’s always been good. That’s why I’m not surprised the noise he’s making. People that ask me about him, I always say that he’s good. I knew with his skill set, I knew one day he would be big.”
Would you like to see a bout between Haney and Garcia?