Bill Haney Says Ryan Garcia Is ‘Scared’ Of Fighting Devin Haney

January 17, 2024
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Bill Haney Says Ryan Garcia Is 'Scared' Of Fighting Devin Haney

Bill Haney has slammed Ryan Garcia for not fighting his son Devin Haney, claiming he is scared of facing him.

Garcia pulled out after talks after initially reaching out following Haney’s win over Regis Prograis. There was significant hope that a fight would get made, as both boxers fought on DAZN. Oscar De La Hoya was targeting a date for March, but this all changed when Garcia was seen with Floyd Mayweather. Ryan pulled out of negotiations in favor of fighting Rolando Romero.

Rolly is with PBC, increasing speculation that Garcia would sign with them following reports his contract with Golden Boy ends within a year. Garcia claimed it was the better business move since he could fight for a world title in a less risky fight and earn more.

That would make the Haney fight even bigger since it would be for a unification if Garcia beat Romero. Despite those comments, Bill felt Garcia was not ready for the challenge. Ryan has already lost in a major fight, having been stopped by Gervonta Davis in the seventh round. So another defeat in a big fight so soon could spell danger for his career.

Bill Haney Says Ryan Garcia Is 'Scared' Of Fighting Devin Haney
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Bill Haney On Garcia

“Lying Ryan said [Haney vs Prograis] did 30(k) and the other people said 50(k). Ya’ll don’t even know how many PPVs it was. I could tell you it was a million and you still wouldn’t know…it don’t make no difference, you scared to death.

“You know Lying Ryan is scared to death. He jumped in grown folks’ business and raised his hand. That’s why I said he can’t be La Raza. He can’t be from Northern California, where I grew up. He can’t be one of them,” Bill said 

Haney’s Other Options

That has left Haney with no choice but to move on. He could defend against his WBC mandatory, Sandor Martin. Martin’s biggest fight was against Teofimo Lopez, who came short in a split-decision loss. Another alternative could be to face Lopez in a unification. The Takeover has the WBO junior welterweight belt after he gave Josh Taylor his first loss.

Provided Lopez beats Jamaine Ortiz, the biggest fight at 140 would be Haney-Lopez. Adrien Broner has been mentioned as having an outside chance of getting into a fight with Haney. Broner certainly could help sell a fight, but the former four-division champion is no longer the same fighter he used to be. He has only fought four times since 2019, showing his lack of activity. That is why Lopez appears to be the main target.

“AB is going to be commentating at Devin’s fight before he gets into the ring with Devin, I guarantee you that…AB might be a referee at Devin’s fight, a judge, concession man, something, anything else but being in the ring with Dev. I guarantee you that. You can ask him. Ain’t no money in the world.

“Tell Teofimo Lopez, Teofimo Lopez Sr, stop talking about a decorated real two-time undisputed champion in Crawford. You got Devin Haney problems. You done ran and played enough games,” Bill stated 

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