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Devin Haney, Eddie Hearn Calling For Ryan Garcia in 2020

Devin Haney is the youngest world titlist in boxing at the age of 20. Ryan Garcia, 21, is not too far behind in age, and although he lacks world champion status, it’s the crown-holder who’s calling out the contender. 

The two fighters have history, splitting six fights evenly in the amateurs at three apiece. Haney (24-0, 15 KOs), the WBC lightweight beltholder, wants to prove who’s the better fighter once and for all. 

“I’ll fight anybody they want me to fight. I’ve been saying I’ve been wanting to fight the top guys and I’m calling them out. I can’t help that they won’t fight me,” Haney told BoxingScene.com in an interview. “I don’t take anyone lightly. No fight is easy. I think Ryan Garcia is a really good fighter. He’s been doing good for himself. I think it will be a good fight.”

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Eddie Hearn, head of Matchroom Boxing, Haney’s promoter, is currently maneuvering around Haney’s mandatory challenger in Javier Fortuna. After that fight is done, he wants to pit the pair of touted prospects together and settle the score.

“Most of all I want Devin to fight Ryan Garcia. That is a mega fight for 2020. You can say, we can marinate that one and make it bigger. Why? Let’s do it now. It’s two guys with big profiles and they’re two of the most exciting fighters in this sport. I love that fight, because Devin is not going to be around at 135 this time next year.

“It's a very risky fight for both guys. You have to really fancy your charge to make that fight. Ryan Garcia is a great fighter, extremely popular and has a great profile but we believe Devin wins that fight. It can be built really big over the next six-to-nine months.”

Hearn said if a Garcia (19-0 16 KOs) fight cannot be made with Golden Boy Promotions, he will switch his position and look at his own stable with contender Luke Campbell, who’s returning to the ring Dec. 20 following a competitive loss to Vasyl Lomachenko.

“At the end of the day, I still haven’t accomplished anything nowhere near what I want to,” said Haney. “Being a world champion now is one step closer to where I want to be. I want to be mentioned with the greats when I retire.”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com and currently does TV commentary for combat sports programming that airs on Fox Sports. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at [email protected].

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Afi23 on 11-21-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;20197219]You just made a sharp turn :lol1: Nah, how about we get back to Devin vs l0m0?[/QUOTE] Oh, don't get me wrong, I'd like to get Haney vs Loma. But Tevin and Gary have been looking for some smoke for…

Comment by Socal2552 on 11-19-2019

The good looking and charismatic Garcia would whoop the classless and ugly looking Haney

Comment by M Bison on 11-19-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;20197236]Fvk is you donald trump? :lol1:[/QUOTE] Donald Trump likes Mexicans more than me, I just see them for the disgusting cheating POS that they are in boxing. Doesn't mean that I don't respect the normal working class and the ones…

Comment by D4thincarnation on 11-19-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;20197229]Yeah trans l0m0 giving it up like a hoe :lol1:[/QUOTE] Loma is a real champ, Haney is the trans champ, only a champ in name.

Comment by Bob Haymon on 11-19-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;20197225]You so desperate to hide l0m0 from Devin. #Scared fans ^[/QUOTE] You're so desperate to prop up a paper chump with no fanbase. Sad.

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