Ryan Garcia: Devin Haney Needs To Fight Teofimo Lopez
Ryan Garcia isn’t jumping at the chance to fight Devin Haney until “The Dream” fights Teofimo Lopez.
Garcia recently captured the interim WBC Lightweight Title. He did so by knocking out Luke Campbell with a body shot. Despite winning the interim gold, Garcia didn’t target WBC Lightweight titleholder Devin Haney. Instead, he called out WBA (Regular) Lightweight Champion Gervonta Davis.
Garcia appeared on SiriusXM and DAZN Boxing’s The Ak & Barak Show and responded to Eddie Hearn’s frustration over the non-commitment to Haney vs. Garcia.
“I’m sleeping right now on that. This is the thing man, Eddie Hearn, he’s trying to make it seem like I’m not trying to chase greatness or belts and stuff. Belts don’t mean anything nowadays. Belts literally mean I could take somebody off the streets right now and if I play it politically correct, I’ll make him a champion. That’s not what it’s about. Being a champion is to be the people’s champion now. People know who’s the best fighters in these divisions. They feel it.
“The fight to be made is me and Gervonta Davis. Haney needs to fight Teofimo Lopez and whoever wins that, I’ll fight the winner.”
During the Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith broadcast in late 2020, Lopez kept heckling Hearn to make a fight between himself and Haney happen. Lopez, who holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, WBC (Franchise), and The Ring Lightweight Titles, admitted that Haney is starting to get under his skin.
The WBC is expected to order Haney vs. Garcia. Whether or not “KingRy” decides to forgo that opportunity remains to be seen.