Matchroom Kingpin Eddie Hearn has expressed his interest in booking WBC champion Devin Haney against Interim champion Ryan Garcia, following the latter’s win for the title against Luke Campbell in January.
However, Ryan Garcia expressed his desire in facing other boxers. First WBA titleholder Gervonta Davis, and then octuple world champion, Manny Pacquiao. Although he is mandatory to Haney’s WBC belt, ‘KingRy’ hasn’t really wanted the matchup.
Meanwhile, Eddie Hearn has opened up to Sirius XM, claiming that Garcia has avoided the fight, leaving Jorge Linares as the next opponent for ‘The Dream’.
“Ryan Garcia refused to fight Devin Haney, so we fight Linares and they made Garcia vs Fortuna. No problem – as long as we get the fight we want at the end… If they are good enough to come through, let’s just get it made in Sept/Oct,” said Eddie Hearn (H/T: Michael Benson)
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Devin Haney was rumored to face former champion Vasyl Lomachenko a few days back. Both the lightweight stars had sparked a social media beef, putting themselves on each other’s radar, but their feud did not translate to a bout. Haney has confirmed his return against Linares, and Lomachenko is yet to announce his next fight.
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Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, and the whole lightweight roster
One of the deepest divisions in boxing, the 135 lbs roster has several big names and undefeated fighters. Moreover, there are several mandataries to every single world champion that prevents the booking of unification and undisputed title fights.
That said, it further sets the stage for an even bigger collision when the current lightweight champions will finally face off. Starting from Gervonta Davis to Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney, and Ryan Garcia, the weight class has several youngsters who have showcased their championship potential.
Meanwhile, there are several veterans in Luke Campbell, Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Vasyl Lomachenko. They have also proven their worth in the title rides. So, the current 135 lbs journey can rightfully garner attention from boxing fans.
Do you think the lightweight division will see its current champions collide against each other anytime soon? Could we see Haney vs Garcia in September or October?
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