Ryan Garcia Confident of Victory in a Fight with Devin Haney
If all goes according to plan, then on April 9 lightweight boxer Ryan “King Ry” Garcia (21-0, 18 KO’s) will hop into the ring after more than a year of inactivity. Provided there are no mishaps, then Garcia will face the challenge of Emmanuel Tagoe under the hot lights of the Alamodome located in San Antonio, Texas.
While it’s good to have King Ry sliding back into squared circle, this is far from the type of opposition that the fans want to see him dance with. One such fight that the fans have clamored for would pit Garcia against WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (27-0, 15 KO’s). Yet, let Garcia tell it, as he did in a recent media event, he would make mincemeat out of the WBC champion.
“Devin Haney is a great fighter and I think he is just like me. We talk what’s on our mind and when that fight happens, I am going to show him what this duck does! Quack, quack! I’ll beat his ass, I’ll beat Devin’s ass! He knows it, we all know it, that’s my only response. I don’t care what he is saying.”
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On the surface, this type of tough talk is usually just what the doctor ordered, but this is not quite the case for King Ry. For starters, the Californian kid has already backed out of too many fights and made too many undelivered promises to take him seriously on the strength of his word only. It will take time and dedication to mend that damage. When it comes to Haney specifically though, his boasts ring particularly hollow.
This is because the two have been unofficial rivals of one another since their amateur days. Even more so as professionals, their impending collision has remained a fond topic of boxing enthusiasts. Despite all this, when Garcia worked his way to becoming Haney’s mandatory challenger, he dodged the fight like a prime Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker slipping punches in the pocket!
Not only did he slither past Haney, he has yet to fight a meaningful opponent since Luke Campbell. Hell, he has yet to fight again since his dustup with Luke Campbell! So rather than continue to sell these well expired woof tickets, King Ry would do much better to simply give the champ his just due, push for the fight and hopefully put on a smashing performance on April 9. And above all else, Ryan Garcia really, really just needs to actually show up to his next fight!
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By: Bakari Simpson