Devin Haney Exudes Confidence Ahead of Ryan Garcia Showdown

By @James_theGrad - 03/02/2024 - Comments

Devin Haney is ultra-confident as his fight against challenger Ryan Garcia approaches. The unbeaten WBC light welterweight champion Haney (31-0, 15 KOs) is ready to make his first defense of his title against Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs) in the headliner on DAZN PPV on April 20th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Haney feels that the eight-year pro Ryan hasn’t progressed in the professional ranks the way he has, and he notes that he’s beaten the same type of fighters he has.

There’s no denying that Devin has taken the tougher challenges in the pro ranks, as his management hasn’t been hesitant to put him in with high-caliber opposition.

In Ryan’s case, his promoters at Golden Boy have taken a go-slow approach, and they probably would have moved him quicker if not for his mental health problem a couple of years ago.

Dismissive of Garcia’s Threat

“It’s been a long time coming, but what better time than now? He’s going to go in there and do what he’s going to do, and I’m going to do what I’m going to do. The best man is going to win,” said Devin Haney to TMZSports about his fight with Ryan Garcia on April 20th.

Haney’s remark about “long time coming” relates to his wanting to fight Ryan for years, and he’s finally getting his chance. There are more experienced fighters than Ryan that Haney could be fighting, but he recognizes the money and fame he can attain by facing Kingry.

“It’s not for me to get under his skin and make him mad. He’s going to fight his fight, and I’m going to fight my fight. I’m the better man, and I’m going to show it. I’m levels above it. We’ve fought as kids, but I don’t think he’s gotten that much better,” continued Haney about Ryan.

Doubting Garcia’s Resolve

“I’ve grown into a seasoned pro. I’ve fought the best fighters in the world, and I’ve beat the best fighter in the world, and he hasn’t. I’ve fought Lomachenko, a future Hall of Famer, so that’s a no-brainer right there,” said Haney.

“We heard this story before. We heard this against Tank, where he said he was going to do this or do that. He got stopped and then made every excuse in the book,” said Haney.

If Ryan loses to Haney and starts making excuses, then you can label him as a fighter who can’t confront the truth and own it about himself. He did have a legitimate excuse for his loss to Gervonta Davis, dealing with the double-whammy of weight stipulations and a rib injury.

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