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The promoter is desperate to see a major fight at 140lbs.

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn has called for WBO super lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez to face one of his new signings, IBF title holder Subriel Matias.

Lopez made a successful first defence of his title last week with a unanimous decision win over Jamaine Ortiz in Las Vegas. However, Lopez’s performance was met with criticism with some doubting whether he could be a force at 140lbs.

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Following his win, Lopez continued to call out for a clash with unified welterweight champion Terence Crawford, but the Nebraska fighter has been quick to dismiss any challenges from Lopez.

Now Hearn has called for Lopez to face Matias in what would be a huge unification fight when detailing his plans for the Puerto Rican during an interview with Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel.

“I want him [Matias] to fight all the big fights at 140lbs,” Hearn said.

“You’ve got the winner of Haney against Ryan Garcia, just give me Teofimo Lopez for Subriel Matias.

“Please if you’re watching this, Teofimo Lopez please fight Subriel Matias, it will make me smile.”

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The World Boxing Council has confirmed that Devin Haney will defend his WBC super lightweight title on April 20 before the official announcement.

Golden Boy and DAZN have yet to put out a release on Haney facing Ryan Garcia despite posting that the fight got signed for the spring. The venue is also not confirmed.

However, the WBC revealed what they know ahead of an official confirmation from Golden Boy, DAZN, Haney, and Garcia.

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The WBC stated: “After several weeks of negotiating, World Boxing Council super lightweight champ Devin Haney will defend his title against Ryan García. The protagonists of this attractive fight announced it through their social networks. The possible fight date will be April 20, with a venue to be defined.

“With a record of 31-0, champion Haney was born in San Francisco, California, 25 years ago. He has just won the 140-pound title after defeating Regis Prograis. Devin turned professional at age 16 but could not do so in the United States due to minimum age regulations, so his first fights were in Mexico.

“His first professional rival was the Mexican Gonzalo López. He knocked out Lopez in the first round with 33 seconds left. Since December 11, 2015, and after eight years, the American remains undefeated. He will now face Ryan García, with whom he has already had six fights in the amateur arena, winning three each.

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Ryan Garcia on April 20

“Ryan García (24-1), who was already interim WBC lightweight champion, comes into this fight after knocking out the tough Mexican Oscar Duarte last December 2.”

After talks with Rolly Romero fell through, further details regarding Haney vs Garcia will come from Oscar De La Hoya. Floyd Mayweather had urged Garcia to face Romero instead until discussions fell flat.

Romero claimed the offer was not as good as Al Haymon’s offer to face Isaac Cruz. He later retracted that statement and admitted the Garcia offer was more from De La Hoya.

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Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis met in one of the biggest fights of the year in 2023, and while ‘King Ry’ may have been stopped in the bout, he now says that ‘Tank’ does not have any power.

Garcia and Davis fought at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a huge PPV showdown last April, and after months of build-up, it was ‘Tank’ who was victorious, earning the stoppage in the seventh round to hand Garcia his first professional defeat.

‘King Ry’ was dropped twice in the bout, once to the head and once to the body, with the body shot proving to be the finishing blow as he was unable to get up before the referee reached the count of ten.

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Gervonta Davis; Ryan Garcia

Although he may have been beaten inside the distance by Davis, who has won 27 of his 29 fights by knockout, Garcia still doesn’t believe that his rival has power, telling Jack Alter that it’s his accuracy that was the key difference.

“He can not hit hard I’m telling you. It’s his accuracy. The punches that you don’t see are the ones that hurt you. Not the ones that you do see.

“There are some people that even if you see it, that sh*t hurts. He’s not like that. He’s what he is, he’s an accurate sniper. He’s a sniper.”

Garcia returned to winning ways in December with a knockout win over Oscar Duarte, and now turns his attention to a huge clash with WBC super-lightweight champion Devin Haney in April, and the back and forth between those two men has already begun.

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Ryan Garcia’s loss last year to Gervonta “Tank” Davis followed weeks of banter between the two fighters that sometimes seemed to cross a line.

Yet Garcia says his upcoming fight against Devin Haney is “way more personal” than the April 2023 bout against Davis.

Speaking to the DAZN Boxing Show, Garcia explained why his fight against the WBC world super lightweight champion hits closer to home than his showdown with “Tank.”

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“I just don’t like people like them,” Garcia said of Haney. “They’re fake, they’re phony, they have no substance to them.

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“Even the way he boxes, it’s like he has no substance. No anything behind it, no weight. He’s fake diamonds.

“How could you tell the difference between a real diamond and a fake diamond or fake gold and real gold? The weight.

“They’re fake, a hundred percent. Phonies.”

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Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney are preparing for what can become one of the biggest fights of this year.

The two have already signed a deal and the date for the long-awaited bout has also been set. Now, the only thing to do is to wait for the two to settle their differences through the might of their fists. However, it won’t be an easy task for either of them. However, the Dream seems more than confident.

Considering Haney’s status as the former undisputed lightweight champion and Garcia’s quick hands, the fight can go either way. But for Haney, the outcome of the fight has already been decided. He is sure about his plans to come in April. Here’s what ‘The Dream’ plans to do to Garcia in their upcoming match-up.

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Garcia faced criticism after a TKO defeat to Gervonta Davis last April, rebounding with a win against Oscar Duarte in December. Now, Devin Haney, 25, is determined to make Ryan Garcia “quit.”

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Their professional clash, following six amateur encounters, has fueled intense speculation. Garcia, provoked the narrative, urging prayers for Haney’s well-being and insinuating that his father might have to intervene during their fight. Haney, while responding to the question of the fight’s outcome on DAZN Boxing, replied, asserting Garcia’s history of quitting and predicting a similar outcome on fight night.

The Dream stated, “We’ve seen Ryan quit before and I think this won’t be anything different. 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.”

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The Dream stated, “We’ve seen Ryan quit before and I think this won’t be anything different. 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.”

Bill Haney, Devin’s father, and trainer, didn’t shy away from addressing Garcia’s personal life. In a tweet, he shared an image of the book ‘Pimp’ by Iceberg Slim. Hinting at Garcia’s recent divorce, Bill Haney wrote, “Here ya go kid @RyanGarcia read this and your ex-wife will magically walk back in your life and you will live happily ever after.”

This personal jab adds a new dimension to the already intense rivalry, making their upcoming clash not only a battle for supremacy in the ring but a showdown with personal feelings.

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‘KingRy’s about-face from one potential opponent to another has come under scathing attack both from fans and pundits alike. But in certain quarters, it’s felt that the criticism against Ryan Garcia is unwarranted.

The year began with updates about talks going on for a fight with Devin Haney. But soon came the shock that Ryan Garcia wanted to fight Rolando Romero instead. Subsequently, Jose Ramirez replaced Romero’s name. The noise of a call out to Isaac ‘Pitbull Cruz also echoed. So most fans must be heaving a sigh of relief now that the Garcia-Haney fight is back on track for good. But the development hasn’t seen a let-off in the share of flak reserved for ‘KingRy’. However, a former champion feels that what Garcia has been doing is all for a good reason.

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After all, Ryan Garcia served as a catalyst in bringing about one of the biggest fights last year. Though it’s a different fact, he ended up experiencing the first loss of his career. Nevertheless, the question remains. Does Garcia deserve credit for bringing about a hugely successful bout? Former welterweight champion Andre Berto might find himself among the select few who feel there’s a justification behind what ‘KingRy’ does.

 

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The Haitian-American boxer, who returned to the ring last December after a gap of five years, believes Ryan Garcia deserves more respect than he gets now. Time and again, he has proven that records are the last thing that occupies his mind. “Gotta show @RyanGarcia some respect, kid showing he doesn’t care about protecting the record,” said ‘The Beast’.

He is trying his best to bring about huge, significant battles. He enjoys a massive following across social media. Hence, if he wanted, he could have just played to the gallery and fought boxers with little to no skills. Instead, he has been chasing big names because the only thing he longs for is respect.

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Just trying to make the biggest fights happen in his division. He’s popular, has a huge following. He could easily play the internet game and fight bums, but he wants real respect,” Andre Berto said.

Ryan Garcia finally has a fight in hand. He will face archrival Devin Haney on April 20 in Las Vegas. The agreement comes nearly a month after the first attempt to seal a deal caved in. Scores of fans must be praying with fingers crossed, wishing that the match makes it through this time. After all, by any stretch of thought, it’s a big fight not only for Garcia and his fans but, most critically, for boxing itself.

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Ryan Garcia‘s altercation with Devin Haney at the Super Bowl LVIII Radio Row has taken the internet by storm. However, several well-known entities belonging to the boxing world sharply disapproved of the incident. Among others, Gervonta Davis, Jake Paul, and Jermall Charlo sarcastically reacted to Ryan Garcia pushing Devin Haney.

Only yesterday, it was confirmed that after all the drama, Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney finally signed a deal. As per the deal, the two will share the ring on April 20th with Haney’s WBC Super-Lightweight title on the line. Ahead of the fight, the duo ran into a brawl, shocking the boxing world.

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At the Super Bowl LVIII Radio Row, as soon as Devin Haney spotted Ryan Garcia, ‘The Dream’ sought Garcia’s attention. However, ‘KingRy’ reminded Haney that the two were not friends and would fight on the 20th of April. In addition, he called Haney’s father a pimp. “Your dad is a pimp and he’s pimping you. I’m a beat you. You’re soft. Your dad can’t talk for you,” Garcia told Haney. However, Haney responded to Garcia by calling the latter “whack“.

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At this Garcia, proceeded to allude to the sparring session between Devin and Gervonta Davis, now Abdul Wahid after converting to Islam. “We saw that video with ‘Tank’. He beat your a**. Floyd showed me he had you a** beaten,” stated ‘KingRy’. At this, although Haney promised to defeat Garcia in the ring, the latter called ‘The Dream’ a ghost and violently pushed him.

Undoubtedly, as soon as the altercation between Haney and Garcia became public, several entities from the boxing world reacted to it. Later, FightHype uploaded a compilation of the reactions that Ryan Garcia’s violent encounter with Haney received.

Former professional boxer Raúl Márquez was disgusted by the incident. “IMO is this what boxing has come to? This fake nonsense? No need for this act,” he said.

Similarly, in a sarcastic tone, Jake Paul said, “Ooh this got me rock hard. Can ya’ll kiss next time?

Meanwhile, Anthony Dirrel wrote, “Oh wow“.

Likewise, Jermall Charlo wrote, “Smh“.

However, Gervonta Davis said, “Wwe“.

With that said, what did you think of the altercation between Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney? Do you think they scripted the confrontation? In addition, are you excited to see the two fight? Let us know in the comments below.

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Who will emerge as the best? Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia tied 3–3 from their amateur days, are set to decide.

Their April 20 fight in Las Vegas, finalized earlier today, is more than a title bout; it’s a quest for supremacy. Past negotiations have been tumultuous, filled with public callouts and social media sparring, making the discussions ugly. But things have now changed for the better.

Despite their fierce rivalry, both fighters share a mutual respect, forged through years of competition in the amateur circuit. This fight is about breaking a deadlock that’s lasted years. Will this high-stakes clash finally settle the score over who’s better?

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Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia will settle their scores in Las Vegas on April 20

At last, the deal is sealed. Mike Coppinger of ESPN broke the news, tweeting, “Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia have struck a deal to fight April 20 in Las Vegas for Haney’s junior welterweight championship, sources tell ESPN. Haney lands another marquee fight – his biggest yet – as he continues his star climb while Garcia lands his first title shot.”

This announcement marks a pivotal moment in both fighters’ careers. Haney, the reigning WBC junior welterweight champion, will defend his title against Garcia, a contender hungry for his first major championship. They have been in the negotiation battle for months, which was halted by Ryan’s interest in fighting Rolly Romero instead. Romero ended up signing a fight with Issac Cruz, which left Ryan in the mud. This time, though, it’s done. Garcia himself posted the news of this on his Instagram.

Ryan Garcia’s bold declaration: ‘Game 7 for everything’

Devin Haney talks potential Ryan Garcia fight

Ryan Garcia turns up the heat with a striking post on Instagram, sharing a fight poster and laying down a bold declaration for their April 20th clash. He captions, “April 20th ‘Garciavshaney – Game 7 this one is for everything… it counts now Devin. This fight for me means everything.” Garcia’s words echo his determination and hint at the stakes, “This is what I meant when I spoke on PBD podcast ‘I’m coming back for everything in Blood.’”

He even calls for prayers for Devin’s health, suggesting the intense nature of the upcoming battle. Garcia concludes with a powerful note, “Praise the Lord Jesus Christ. His name is above all. Forever and for eternity Amen,” signifying his faith and resolve as the fight approaches.

Will Garcia’s bold prophecy come to fruition, or will Haney’s quiet confidence see him through? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Ryan Garcia: I Don’t Really Speak When Floyd’s Talking; Respect Him More Than a Lot of People

The admiration Ryan Garcia has for Floyd Mayweather Jr. apparently goes beyond casual association.

During a lengthy interview with Patrick Bet-David on the PBD Podcast, Garcia, the junior welterweight contender from Victorville, Calif., opened up about his much-publicized friendship with “Money May,” making it clear that he respects the Hall of Fame Fighter more than most people even within his inner circle.

When Bet-David asked which high-profile person in his life had the license to offer him harsh, unbated criticism— “I want to know which GOAT [Greatest of All Time] you allow to privately kick your ass”—Garcia immediately named Mayweather.

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“Floyd,” Garcia said. “I don’t really speak when Floyd’s talking. And I speak a lot. I’m a big talker. I don’t speak when Floyd’s talking. He tells me a bunch of things. I just shut up. Floyd can talk.”

“Oh yeah,” Garcia continued. “He’s called me out. So it’s like, what did Jesus say, ‘be wise as a serpent, gentle as a dove.’ He comes out as gentle. He doesn’t come out like [aggressive]. ‘Cuz I don’t do that. God doesn’t do that to me. Unless it’s bad, bad. Unless I’m really messing up.

“I can hear Floyd’s voice and I can respect it. I don’t really talk when he’s speaking. He even says it, know when to speak and know when not to speak. Like that’s facts. I really respect Floyd more than a lot of people.”

Added Garcia, “Did he call me, Canelo [Alvarez], Gervonta Davis, the three faces of boxing? Yes.”

Not everyone has been pleased with Garcia’s tight-knit relation with Mayweather. Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy, the longtime promoter of Garcia, has taken issue with what he feels to be a potential instance of tampering. In a recent social media post, De La Hoya informed Mayweather to “f— off.” De La Hoya and Mayweather have been sworn enemies since their days as active fighters.

Not all of Mayweather’s instructions have panned out in positive ways for Garcia. According to Garcia, it was Mayweather who advised him to drop talks with WBC 140-pound titlist Devin Haney and focus on a fight with Mayweather’s client, Rolando Romero, on the logic that beating Romero first and earning his title could pave the way for a bigger unification fight with Haney. Of course, in what was an embarrassing turn of events, Romero would go on to sign to fight Isaac Cruz on March 30 on the undercard of the Keith Thurman vs. Tim Tszyu 155-pound bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Garcia insists that he has now resumed talks with Haney.

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Garcia and Mayweather drew headlines last month when they were seen jogging together early in the morning. Garcia revealed that he was the one who suggested the idea to Mayweather, whom he claimed was overly impressed with his work ethic.

“That 3 o’ clock in the morning run with Floyd? That was my idea,” Garcia said. “Like, ‘Floyd, let’s go. Let’s hit this run.’ ‘Oh wow.’ You know what Floyd told me on the run? I promise you this, as God as my witness. He looks at me in the eye, it almost sounds like he’s crying. You don’t hear his voice get like this—very few times. He goes, ‘I respect you.’ Just like that. ‘I respect you.’ Like, you know when Tyson [chokes up]? ‘I respect you.’ And I was like, ‘why Floyd?’

“And I’m getting the chills all over my body. ‘Cuz nobody’s doin’ what you’re doing. Nobody.’ Floyd calls me all the time, and I’m running all the time. Floyd’s like, ‘I’m so proud of you, proud of of you, proud of of you.’”

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“We Were Laughing Because of How We Manipulate the Game”: After Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez Reveals His 15-Minute Talk With Floyd Mayweather and Its Influence on Him

Of late, Ryan Gacia, following the Oscar Duarte win, worked out with Floyd Mayweather. Afterward, ‘KingRy’ declared that he wanted to fight Rolando Romero instead of Devin Haney. It was one of the decisions that infuriated Oscar De La Hoya, leading the same to abuse Mayweather in public. Today, after Garcia, Teofimo Lopez revealed his interaction with ‘TBE’.

Speaking onCigar Talk, ahead of his fight against Jamaine Ortiz on February 8, the current WBC Super-Lightweight champion recounted meeting Mayweather at Shakur Stevenson‘s last fight. Besides lauding Mayweather’s achievements and IQ, the 26-year-old claimed Mayweather was a fan of his.

Floyd Mayweather is a fan of Teofimo Lopez

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On Cigar Talk, Teofimo Lopez recounted meeting Floyd Mayweather last year in November. In doing so, he mentioned that his retirement after the Josh Taylor fight was a publicity stunt. A move he learned from Mayweather himself when ‘TBE’ took a break of almost two years following the Ricky Hatton fight. Therefore, as they discussed how they manipulated the sport, Lopez claimed they laughed.

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I actually ran into Floyd when he went to see Shakur fight against Edwin De Los Santos. Me and Floyd talked for about fifteen minutes. We were laughing. Because of how we manipulate the game,” said ‘The Takeover’. “I can see in his eyes, he’s a bit of a fan [of me],” Teofimo Lopez added. Along these lines, the 26-year-old declared he was open to receiving advice from ‘Money’.

I was trying to get some work with him. I’m trying to learn from the champ someone who has that ring IQ, very high,” said Lopez. “He’s always going to be in the game. What he’s still doing is legendary. For a guy to collect $50 million for three fights without even trying anything is a smart move,” he concluded.

In addition, Lopez explained how Floyd Mayweather helped him become a better fighter in the sport.

Mayweather taught Lopez to stay ready

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According to the current WBO Super-Lightweight champion, who knows Rolando Romero’s weakness, Floyd Mayweather has left “the blueprint” for everybody. However, Lopez believes only the smart fighters can “adapt to it“. As per his statements heard in Cigar Talk, Mayweather helped Lopez to make his weight for an upcoming fight. “What he did was basically stay in the gym and watch his diet,” said Teofimo Lopez.

Right now, I’m like 148. I can make weight tonight. I can make weight tomorrow. So, it’s all about always staying ready,” he added confidently. With that said, do you think that Lopez is manipulating the sport of boxing in the same manner Floyd Mayweather did? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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