Hearn Still Wants Haney Vs. Garcia

January 29, 2024
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Hearn Still Wants Haney Vs. Garcia

Eddie Hearn wants to see Ryan Garcia take on Devin Haney on April 20, 2024. 

The fight could be under consideration once again after Garcia’s aim of fighting Rolando Romero failed. Ryan pulled out of discussions with Haney to secure the Romero fight. But it broke down after Oscar De La Hoya claimed Romero had priced himself out of the fight. Rolly then slammed Garcia’s team for trying to make the Isaac Cruz fight behind his back.

Hearn Still Wants Haney Vs. Garcia
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Garcia was still confident of trying to get the fight on April 20, 2024. But Romero moved on to secure the Cruz fight on the Keith Thurman vs. Tim Tszyu card. That has left Garcia with serious question marks over what his next fight will be. But Hearn wanted to see Garcia-Haney getting made for what would be one of the biggest fights in 2024. 

Haney Vs. Garcia

“I just think that originally Ryan Garcia wanted that fight [against Devin Haney]. I was disappointed when he switched to Rolly, and obviously the Rolly fight is not happening now. Ryan Garcia wants to be in a PPV, and if you look at his actual PPV options, Devin Haney is there to be made. I had a quick message to Ryan last night, and I said to him, ‘Your timing is great because I’m going to Las Vegas tomorrow. Devin and Bill [Haney] is there.

“Sometimes things just slot in and work out.’ So, I think that’s a really natural fight to make, and I hope everybody can get sensible and I hope we can get it made. April 20th is the potential date for PPV. That’s the one that makes sense. If I’m advising Devin, I’m saying, ‘Let’s get a deal made.’ Ryan will be difficult because it’s all difficult. Everyone is difficult, but if he really wants the fight, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t get it made,” Hearn said 

Hearn On PBC

Hearn also touched upon PBC’s first PPV on Amazon Prime Video, which is set to go ahead on March 30. Keith Thurman vs. Tim Tszyu will be heading the event, with Rolando Romero vs. Isaac Cruz being the co-main event. The headlining event was a surprise, given the names being put out there.

Reports indicated that Gervonta Davis was considered for a fight with Frank Martin on this card as a main event. That never happened, but the Thurman-Tszyu card was out of the blue. It will not be a world title fight, despite Tszyu holding the WBO Junior Middleweight title. Thurman has also not fought since 2022, when he beat Mario Barrios, which meant he has only one bout since 2019. Hearn has questioned if the card can be sold as a PPV.

Tszyu Vs. Thurman

“It reminded me of, you know when you want to do a pay-per-view but you don’t really have got a headliner at this stage and just stick a load of stuff together that sort of gets it over the line. I’ve done it many times. I did it when Kell Brook boxed Frankie Gavin, Kevin Mitchell boxed [Jorge] Linares, Lee Selby boxed Gradovich—and actually [Anthony] Joshua was on that card— and it was a good night.

“It’s a good card. I’m not slagging it off, but I feel like within the current market you need a big flagship main event to draw these numbers. And obviously Tim Tszyu is a great fighter but he’s quite unknown in America against Keith Thurman who hasn’t boxed in two years is not the one. But it’s still a good night of boxing,” Hearn stated 

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