Garcia No Longer Wants Haney; Romero Is The Next Fight

January 7, 2024
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Garcia No Longer Wants Haney; Romero Is The Next Fight

Ryan Garcia has changed his mind about fighting Devin Haney, as his focus is on fighting Rolando Romero.

Garcia and Haney were on course to fight each other after Ryan called out ‘The Dream’ after his win over Regis Prograis. This was at Romero’s expense as Garcia blamed his team for being too slow.

“I’m sorry, Rollies. You and your team work way [too slowly], and you were way [too] indecisive. I didn’t know if you wanted to box or [go on] vacation. Devin Haney and I are in negotiations respect that. I’m not entertaining anything. Thanks,” Garcia said 

Garcia Vs. Haney

Oscar De La Hoya recently confirmed that negotiations were set to begin soon, with hopes a fight could get made for March. Haney and Garcia fought on DAZN for their last fight making a bout more likely.

“That’s the next fight that we wanna make. Ryan Garcia gave me specific instructions to make this fight and we’re gonna make it. And Haney being the top dog at 140 alongside Teofimo is a tremendous talent. First thing first we gonna start the official negotiations after this fight Saturday and talk to whoever is in charge with Haney and get this fight to happen. I think this fight can easily be made,” De La Hoya stated 

Now, this is no longer the case as Garcia has changed his mind. The turnaround suggests Garcia is wants the right business move. Romero is the current WBA junior welterweight champion and is considered an easier fight than Haney.

A win over Romero would put Garcia in line for a unification with Haney but with more leverage. Garcia’s recent interactions with Floyd Mayweather may have been a reason for this turnaround. Romero is with PBC, and Garcia’s contract with Golden Boy Promotions is reportedly ending within a year. Facing Romero may increase the chances that Garcia signs with PBC. 

Garcia Vs. Romero

“I’ve notified my team I’m going a different route. My intent now is to fight Rolando Romero. I pray my team backs me on this decision. Oscar make this fight happen. THATS THE MOVE. BIGGER FIGHT, BIGGER BUSINESS. #GarciaRomero,” Garcia said 

Making a fight would require cooperation between PBC and DAZN. They managed to do that for Garcia’s bout with Gervonta Davis in a joint co-promotion. That fight sold over 1.2 million PPVs, earning Garcia $30 million. Given both fighters’ outspoken nature, a fight with Romero could generate those numbers.

Romero knows what it takes to headline a big event, as he did so for his bout with Davis. The decision has not gone down well with Haney. He will have to consider if he moves up to 147 to target other fights or stay at 140 for a unification. Either way, Haney had plenty to say.

“Don’t ever mention my name pussy boi,” Haney stated 

“This is how you deal with people not on your level in every way,” Garcia

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