CAN RYAN GARCIA DETHRONE DEVON HANEY ON APRIL 20 IN BROOKLYN?

Devin Haney puts his unbeaten professional record and the WBC Super Lightweight title on the line on April 20.

He makes the first defense of his title against Ryan Garcia at the Brooklyn Center in New York.

Haney has won all 31 of his professional fights in a career that began eight years ago. The first two fights of his pro career lasted just 129 seconds and it soon became clear that he was going to make a big impact on the professional game.

Two years later he claimed his first title when winning the WBC Youth Lightweight championship beating Maximino Toalo. More titles were added the following year with the WBC and WBO Inter-Continental titles being won by the unbeaten American.

Haney was gradually moving up the rankings and in 2019 he became the WBC Interim Lightweight champion beating Zaur Abdullaev in just four rounds. 2019 was to be a massive year for Haney as November saw him become the WBC LIghtweight title holder after defeating Alfredo Santiago over 12 rounds. All three judges gave the new champion every one of the 12 rounds.

The pandemic meant he didn’t have that many fights in the next couple of years. He did hold onto his title though and his successful defenses included a win over Jorge Linares.

2022 was to see Haney head down under to take on George Kambosos Jr. The Australian had beaten Teofimo Lopez to become the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO champion and also hold the Ring title. Haney had no worries about going to Australia to take on the champion and beat him on points to become the first undisputed lightweight champion since there were four belts to be won.

There were plenty of big fights out there for Haney but boxing these days is in love with the rematch clause. There was one in the contract for Kambosos Jr v Haney and four months later, Haney was back in Australia, this time as the defending champion. Again, he was far too good for the Australian and beat him on points but this time by a wider margin.

With his superiority over the Australian confirmed, it was time for one of those mega money fights. He defended his titles against former title holder Vasyl Lomachenko. Haney retained his title via a controversial points decision. Two judges gave it to the champion by a couple of points with the other putting Haney four points clear. Many thought Lomachenko had done enough to win the title.

That was his last fight at lightweight and last December he moved up to super lightweight to face Regis Prograis for the WBC super lightweight belt. Sometimes it’s not easy to move up a division but there were to be no problems for Haney. He didn’t just dominate the fight and win on points but not one of the judges gave a round to his opponent.

Now it’s time for him to put his belt on the line for the first time and it’s Ryan Garcia who gets the title shot. He’ll remain the super lightweight champion according to NJ.bet, online gambling guide in New Jersey, and have good chances to win.

Garcia has become known for his good looks and presence on social media but he’s proved that he can be a force in the squared circle.

He made his professional debut a year after Haney. He also got off to a flying start with his first three fights all being won in the first round. A year after turning professional he became the NABG Junior super featherweight champion with the WBO NABO title added in 2018.

In 2021 he won the interim WBC world title with a seventh round win over Britain’s Luke Campbell. For the first time though he hit the canvas, being knocked down in the second round.

April 2023 saw his unbeaten record come to an end. He took on Gervonta Davis and was knocked out in the seventh round. The loss has raised questions over whether he can compete at the very top level.

He returned to the ring last December and beat Oscar Duarte Jurado on points. He’s now got this title shot against one of the hottest properties in boxing. It’s a tough task and not surprisingly it’s Haney who is the heavily odds-on favorite to retain his title.

 

 

 

 

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