Ryan Garcia on Devin Haney
On November 2, Ryan “The Flash” Garcia (19-0, 16 KO’s) scored an impressive first-round knockout over “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-2, 16 KO’s) on the notable Kovalev v Alvarez undercard. The victory was extra gratifying due to many insisting that Garcia was actually fearful of Duno. Garcia previously had the opportunity to face Ruthless Duno, but turned it down because it was a last minute bout.
Now, with the proper time to prepare, the Flash was more than accommodating. Once in the ring, Garcia displayed in brutal fashion the disparity in the two fighters’ skillsets. While the blink-of-an-eye knockout may have been surprising, the fact that Garcia outclassed Duno should not be.
“They are going to be telling me to fight all the big names right now, I’m just going to stick to my path. I’m going good, I feel good, like everything is going great. I’m just going to listen to my team and we’re going to keep improving and keep getting better and then when those fights happen, they are going to happen.” ~Ryan Garcia
Garcia gets a great deal of flack over his wildly popular Instagram account and for being a supposed pretty boy. Putting these two wisecracks to the side, Ryan Garcia is actually a very talented boxer with an impressive amateur record.
RUNNING WITH THE BIG DOGS
Although his name is not mentioned as frequently as theirs, Garcia is in the same talented crop of boxers that includes Vergil Ortiz Jr., “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson and Devin “The Dream” Haney. In fact, on different occasions, Garcia and Haney have expressed their mutual respect for one another.
“That’s my guy [Devin Haney], at the end of the day I have respect for him. You know, we knew each other since we were eight years old, so I could never hate on him and I know for a fact he can’t hate on me because we went through the same type of journey. When that fight happens though, it’s going to be one for the books for sure!”
If future circumstances saw Garcia penning a bout with Haney, he wouldn’t run from it. At the moment however, the Flash is taking his career one step at a time. The charismatic fast-fisted fighter is pleased with the direction and speed with which his career is traveling. Recently, Garcia aired his discord with his Golden Boy promoters publicly.
Apparently, the Flash felt as if he was getting the very short end of the financial stick. With that economic matter seemingly addressed and rectified, Garcia is now one happy camper.
“It’s surreal. It’s like a dream, like Canelo is in my backroom, Coolio, all these celebrities they are like coming up to me. I’m like, ‘what the heck, what’s going on?’ It’s so surreal to me.”
By: Bakari Simpson