Haney Stays Focused On Garcia Despite Weak Ticket Sales

Devin Haney is entirely focused for his fight with Ryan Garcia on April 20 despite concerns tickets are not selling. 

Haney will defend his WBC Junior Welterweight Belt as Garcia chases his first world title. Garcia’s behavior has dominated the build-up. The boxer revealed he had smoked weed and drank alcohol, raising doubts about his focus. His social media activity also raised questions about his mental health, with topics ranging from trafficking to aliens. 

Garcia has admitted losing sponsors because of his antics. That, along with Haney’s lack of star power, has translated into poor ticket sales. Ringside seats are reportedly $5,000-$10,000 for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia has publicly stated the prices are too high. Due to the low fan interest, DAZN has also cut the PPV price from $80 to $69.99. 

Garcia has over 10 million followers on Instagram, which helped him to sell over 1.2 million PPVs for his fight with Gervonta Davis. Haney is not a big commercial draw like Davis, with his last fight against Regis Prograis only selling a reported 50,000 PPVs. Although Haney sold out the arena in the Bay Area, he was fighting in his home town. 

New York was also not a first choice. Garcia was calling for the fight in Vegas. However, the lack of venues available meant New York was chosen. The promoters may have to cut ticket prices or give out complimentary ones to fill the stadium. Despite the background noise, Haney is fully focused on beating Garcia. 


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