Ryan Garcia Knocks Down David Haney Three Times, Wins WBC Super Lightweight Fight, Video

Ryan Garcia Knocks Down David Haney Three Times, Wins WBC Super Lightweight Fight, Video

Robert Abong'o
April 21, 2024 at 6:11 AM
  • Ryan Garcia produced a dominant display over Devin Haney in New York
  • Garcia's left hook was the game-changer as he scored three knockdowns
  • He cannot claim Haney's WBC Super Lightweight title after missing weight

In an electrifying showdown at Barclays Center in New York on Saturday, April 20, Ryan Garcia defeated WBC Super Lightweight champion Devin Haney in a captivating 12-round fight.

Garcia, the underdog, surprised the audience with a blinding, powerful left hook, turning the tide of the match and scoring three knockdowns to secure the victory via a majority decision.

Haney, beaten for the first time in his professional career, was dropped in the seventh, tenth, and eleventh rounds.

Ryan Garcia knocks down Devin Haney at Barclays Center in New York City. Photo: Cris Esqueda.
Ryan Garcia reacts after knocking down Devin Haney during a fight at Barclays Center on April 20, in New York City. Photo: Cris Esqueda.
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Despite Garcia's inability to win Haney's WBC super-lightweight title after missing weight, the fight was marked by his fitness being questioned in the lead-up and a turbulent promotion highlighted by erratic comments.

Two judge's 114-110 and 115-109 scores for Garcia overruled one's 112-112 score. As reported by ESPN, Garcia outlanded Haney 106-87 in total punches and 95-45 in power punches.

The bout commenced with the 25-year-old taking the lead, rocking his rival in the first round with a thumping left hook. Throughout the match, he persistently aimed to finish Haney early, forcing the champion to cling on and bite down on the gum shield in just the opening three minutes.

As reported by Talk Sport, Garcia remained relentless, unloading another barrage in the sixth round, briefly stunning Haney again. The turning point came in the seventh round when he dropped the champion with another lethal left hook, leaving Haney looking on borrowed time.

Garcia was docked a point in the stanza, and although the referee scored no knockdowns, Haney touched the canvas twice more. Despite serious adversity, Haney briefly settled down, only to be knocked down again in the 10th period.

Eventually, Garcia was declared the winner. However, His (25-1, 20 KOs) was not eligible to win Haney's (31-1, 15 KOs) WBC junior welterweight title after he weighed 143.2 pounds for the 140-pound contest. Consequently, the title will become vacant.

Garcia eyes crossover fight with UFC champion

Sports Brief reported that Garcia aimed to enter the cage and take on a UFC fighter.

KingRy doesn’t want to take on just any fighter, he wants to fight UFC Bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley.

Suga Sean is one of the organisation's most recognisable and entertaining champions, and he only suffered one defeat in his professional career.

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