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Friday, April 19, 2024

Devin Haney vs Ryan Garcia: Preview and Prediction

Devin Haney (31-0-0, 15 KOs) and Ryan Garcia (24-1-0, 20 KOs) will meet again, this time, in a professional boxing match on Saturday night at the Barclays Center, Haney will defend his Super Lightweight in a huge DAZN PPV main event. 

Garcia and Haney are familiar opponents as they met several times in their amateur career. In fact, they met 6 times and the outcome is even. This fight will be a tie-breaker.

With the above being said, I think it would be impractical to base my prediction of this fight on their amateur matches. They fought when they were just 10 years old and 14 years old. They are both 25 years old now. So, I think it's better to look at their respective professional boxing record. 

Haney is still undefeated in 31 fights while Garcia lost once out of 25 fights. Therefore, Haney has the advantage of experience. He also faced former and present world champions such as Vasily Lomachenko, George Kampboso Jr. Jorge Linares, and Yoriorkis Gamboa.

Garcia lacks the quality of opponents in his resume and failed to come on top against Tank Davis. Another thing that bothered me was how Garcia behaved during the build-up to this fight. I mean, I did not see something that I can attribute to the qualities of a disciplined fighter. Is he even ready? Mentally? Phsically? Well, that remains to be seen Saturday night. Or at least some hint during the weigh-in. Anyway, I'm not here to judge but to give my prediction. 

So, without further bush-beating, I have no reason to pick Ryan Garcia here. I got Haney by stoppage in round 8 or by a crystal-clear unanimous decision.

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