Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia set for a junior welterweight title bout in April, according to Haney’s father
WBC junior welterweight champion Devin Haney is set for the first defense of his title when he meets young superstar Ryan Garcia on April 20. confirmed to PPV.com that the fight is a “done deal.” The venue for the fight is still to be confirmed.
Haney and Garcia had previously been in talks to fight after Garcia’s Dec. 2 win over Oscar Duarte and Haney’s Dec. 9 win over Regis Prograis to claim the WBC belt. Those talks ended when Garcia tried to get involved in a fight with WBA champion Rolando Romero.
Romero then backed into talks to defend his title against Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz. Haney’s camp wasn’t happy with Garcia at the time, but it seems that wasn’t enough to turn down a fight that will bring Haney more money than almost every other option.
Haney’s reckless victory over Prograis was his first fight at the weight. He became the WBC lightweight champion in 2019 after being promoted from interim champion to world champion when the WBC made Vasiliy Lomachenko the “franchise champion”. While some competitors began calling Haney an “e-mail champion” for not winning the belt in the ring, he ended his time at lightweight as the undisputed champion.
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Haney defeated George Kambosos Jr. in June 2022 to add the WBA, WBO and IBF titles. He won the rematch later that year and then defeated Lomachenko in an exciting fight in May 2023 to once again defend his status as undisputed champion before retiring his titles and moved up in weight.
The fight with Haney will be Garcia’s first appearance at a world championship. Garcia is a talented fighter and one who has used social media to become one of the biggest stars in the sport.
After starting his career 23-0, Garcia met Gervonta “Tank” Davis in a battle of two of boxing’s biggest young superstars. Davis knocked Garcia down twice, the second time holding Garcia down for the full 10 count with a body shot.
The winner of Garcia vs Haney will have a lot of interesting options for future fights, including a possible clash with WBO champion Teofimo Lopez, which makes a decision win over Jamaine uninspiring Ortiz on February 8.