Shawn Porter: Ryan Garcia Has the Tools to Shock Devin Haney

By KenWoods123 - 02/17/2024 - Comments

Shawn Porter believes Ryan Garcia can upset WBC light welterweight champion Devin Haney on April 20th based on his familiarity with him from their past fights in the amateurs.

Boxing expert Porter expects Ryan (24-1, 20 KOs) to be confident when he enters the ring against Haney (31-0, 15 KOs), and he doesn’t see him using the shoulder roll he toyed with in his last fight against Oscar Duarte. That won’t be there, but if it is, his trainer, Derrick James, will have cleaned it up.

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“He’s seen the speed; he’s tasted the power from Devin. I think he’s going to come to the ring comfortable against Devin and confident against Devin,” said Shawn Porter on his YouTube channel, analyzing the Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia fight for April 20th on DAZN.

There won’t be any surprise for Ryan going up against Haney, as he’s faced him many times in the amateurs and will know how to land his signature punch, the left hook smash knockout blow.

The real question is, can Haney take Ryan’s power without dropping for the ten count? Haney has never fought anyone remotely as powerful as Ryan during his professional career, and he was hurt by Vasily Lomachenko, Jorge Linares, and Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz.

Linares would have knocked out Haney in their fight in May 2021 if he knew how to fight through a clinch, seeing that was what Devin used nonstop in the championship rounds to survive the fight after being staggered late in the tenth round from a left-right combination.

Refined and Dangerous: The Derrick James Impact

“He’s [Ryan] got Derrick James in his corner now. So, they’re working on fundamentals and basics. I don’t think that shoulder roll is going to be there. If it is, it’s going to be cleaned up. I think he’s coming into the ring prepared,” Porter continued about Ryan Garcia.

Porter sees Derrick cleaning up the flaws that Ryan showed in his last fight against Duarte, and coming into his match with Haney retooled. If that’s the case, Haney is going to have massive problems in this fight.

“It’s not 50-50. It’s 70-30, or 75-25 for Devin, but don’t be surprised if he’s [Ryan] able to push a button that we didn’t see him push before against Tank Davis.”

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