Devin Haney Says Ryan Garcia is a Flight Risk!
Is Ryan “King Ry” Garcia (21-0, 18 KO’s) damaged goods? Well, if you let WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (27-0, 15 KO’s) tell it, contractually speaking he is! When recently fielding questions from a number of media scribes, Haney broached the subject of his amateur and professional rival King Ry. In doing so, he voiced his opinion that while there is no doubt that Garcia remains a skilled fighter, he has also established himself to be a flight risk.
“Does he really want to fight? With Ryan Garcia, we never know if it’s real or if it’s not, if he’s focused or if he is not because at any given moment he might pull out.
“So you just have to be mindful of those things. When you’re trying to use him as a ‘well I’m going to fight this opponent’ and in a few more months I am going to fight Ryan Garcia, you got to remember he pulls out of fights. You’ve never seen Devin Haney pull out of one fight!”
HISTORY OF AVOIDANCE
To date, Garcia has abruptly pulled out of fights with Javier Fortuna and Joseph Diaz. He also sold a dump truck worth of promises that he’d face boxing royalty Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao and Regular WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis. The fragile illusion of both prizefights sizzled to nothingness faster than butter squares on the devil’s griddle.
All these incidents balled into the relatively short time period that they occurred has definitely marred Garcia’s reputation and marketability. Of course, this in no way means that King Ry is now the resident leaper of the division. As stated before, his skill and fan following have remained rock solid.
However, the fan’s desire to see him compete are a notable few pegs down the rung since his career best win over UK import Luke Campbell. In that knockout win, which required him to rise from the canvas, Garcia was largely celebrated by the collective boxing world. Now he is primarily viewed as a high potential liability.
NOTE TO SELF
Clearly, the only person that can truly right the trajectory of his career is Ryan Garcia himself. To do that however, he has to slide back in the ring. Truth be known, he better do it soon! Once he was the WBC interim lightweight champion, now he is clinging to his sole #2 (WBC) top fifteen ranking.
Yet, no one knows when his return will transpire. Thirteen months of his career have slithered into limbo while Garcia has remained idle on the sidelines. So just when will we see him in the squared-circle next? And what version of him will we get? Well, like Haney eluded to, that’s anyone’s guess. Regardless of what form he is in or when he next ply’s his brutal trade however, 3Kings Boxing will be there to report the news!
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By: Bakari Simpson