WBC light welterweight champion Devin Haney says he believes Ryan Garcia will crumble mentally and quit when he faces him on April 20th on DAZN.
In an interview, the 25-year-old Haney (31-0, 15 KOs) sounded unworried and confident, as if the win over Ryan (24-1, 20 KOs) was already in the bag for their headliner contest.
Haney Questions Garcia’s Resolve
“We’ve seen Ryan quit before, and I think this won’t be anything different,” Haney told DAZN. “Once you have that quit in you, it’s installed in you, you know how to do it. I think he’ll quit on April 20th.”
If Haney turns out to be correct in his prediction of Ryan quitting, it could be the end of his career in terms of being seen as a viable opponent for champions to use. In some respects, fans forgave Ryan for quitting against Gervonta Davis, but they might not be so lenient if he does it against Haney, who has very little power and is a more Shakur Stevenson hit-and-run type of fighter.
In a much-criticized move, Ryan quit on one knee in the seventh round in his fight against Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis last April in their mega-fight.
What caused boxing fans to roast the popular social media influencer Garcia is the way that he bounded to his feet after the referee reached the count of ten and then casually walked towards his corner, showing no signs of being hurt from the body punch from Tank that had caused him to take a knee.
Haney the Favorite, Garcia the Wild Card
Devin is the oddsmakers’ favorite to defeat Ryan on April 20th, and it’s an obvious choice. Haney looks more advanced as a professional than the Golden Boy-promoted Ryan, even though they both started their pro careers at the same age.
It’s believed that Haney will box his way to a twelve-round decision, playing it safe to avoid getting hit by Ryan’s powerful left hook, his bread-and-butter punch in his arsenal. If Haney neutralizes Ryan’s left hook smash, it’ll be cake for him on April 20th.
Haney has progressed quickly and appears to have copied Shakur Stevenson’s fighting style. That style is working for Haney thus far, but it’s hurting his popularity. This era’s boxing fans don’t like watching the runners or pot-shot fighters, as they are not entertaining.