Talks over the fight first started when Haney beat Regis Prograis in his first fight at 140 to win the WBC Junior Welterweight Title. Negotiations ended suddenly after Garcia pulled the plug in favor of facing Rolando Romero. Garcia claimed it was the better business move, allowing him to get a world title in a less risky fight and secure a bigger unification with Haney.
The fight never got made as Romero signed a deal to face Isaac Cruz. Rolly accused Garcia’s team of trying to make another fight after Oscar de La Hoya stated Romero priced himself out. That left Garcia with no choice but to return to Haney, with no other options available. Now ESPN’s Mike Coppinger has confirmed a deal is done.
Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia have struck a deal to fight April 20 in Las Vegas for Haney’s junior welterweight championship, sources tell ESPN. Haney lands another marquee fight – his biggest yet – as he continues his star climb while Garcia lands his first title shot. pic.twitter.com/0tNwLqYdYW
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) February 9, 2024
Given how he backed down last time, Garcia will likely have to make more concessions. It will be only his second fight with Derrick James, meaning Garcia still has to accustom himself to his new trainer. Following the Gervonta Davis loss, Garcia knows he cannot fall short at the top level again if he desires to be a PPV star.
I'm not sure how I feel about this in regards to Ryan . Seems like its way too early
— TheLAOverloaded (@iBeatBookies_) February 9, 2024
This is going to be a harder fight for Haney than most expect, I believe
— Chris Andre Boxing (@BetBoxing) February 9, 2024
I see this as an easy nights work for Haney. Garcia hasn’t done anything in ring so far to suggest he belongs at that level. I’d much rather see Haney vs Tank
— Good Guy Barry (@Goodguybarry) February 9, 2024