Devin Haney’s win over Regis Prograis has promoter Eddie Hearn chomping at the bit about matching the new WBC light welterweight champion against Ryan Garcia in a mega-fight.
Hearn states that Ryan (24-1, 20 KOs) fights on the same platform as Haney, competing on DAZN, in the same weight class at 140, and he’s interested in battling for a world title for the first time.
While it might be a nice little money fight for Haney to fight Ryan, it wouldn’t be one that would be exciting to watch.
Ryan looked like a novice and poor in his last fight against little-known fringe lightweight contender Oscar Duarte on December 2nd.
Throughout the fight, Ryan turned his back, cowering when Duarte would go on the attack, and the referee arguably enabled his behavior by warning the Mexican fighter not to hit him when he was in that posture.
The back-turning thing Ryan did turned out to be his main defense, likely saving him from getting knocked out.
That fight showed that Ryan is too unpolished to be fighting world class level fighters, and it would be bad for boxing fans for Haney to take advantage of them by peddling an expensive mismatch against Ryan Garcia on PPV.
Haney (31-0, 15 KOs) expressed interest in fighting Ryan next, saying last night at the post-fight press conference that he would be up for a clash against him.
Still, Ryan seems to have his mind made up about wanting to take on the weakest link among the champions at 140, WBA belt-holder Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero, and then possibly face Haney or WBO champ Teofimo Lopez.
Haney could move up to 147 if he can’t get a lucrative fight next, facing either the old-timer, Keith Thurman or Mario Barrios.
The guy that Haney hasn’t mentioned wanting to fight is Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, who hits too hard and would get to his chin sooner or later to put him in his place.
“I’m watching a one-sided beat down of arguably the best champion at 140 against a guy, as I said earlier, a generational talent. It was a masterclass,” said Eddie Hearn at the post-fight press conference, talking about Devin Haney’s win over WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis last Saturday night.
“The speed of foot. Every time Regis committed, he’d get hit with four or five fights. He couldn’t set his feet. He couldn’t land hardly anything, and it was like watching a masterclass,” Hearn continued about Haney.
“Every time he would hurt Regis, he composed himself, he regained his shape, and he went again, and he pinged him again, and it was just [one-sided to the point of being boring to watch].
“I can only imagine how frustrating that was for Regis Prograis. I just don’t know who beats Devin Haney. At 135, it was brutal for him every time, and up at 140. This is a guy [Haney] that can go up to 147 and maybe up to 154.
“You see the size of him next to Regis Prograis, who is a big 140, and it was an absolute masterclass. It was like watching Picasso just paint his art. It was just incredible, the work of a genius. He hardly broke a sweat. You have to understand the work ethic of this young man.
“He’s so fit. His team is very, very good. It’s very big, but it’s very, very good. The way he conducts his business in and out of the ring, he absolutely cuts no corners, and you saw that tonight with a performance of great maturity, as you said.
“The engine, the composure, everything. It was a performance well beyond his years. We’ve got so many at 140, queuing up for a big shot, but at the same time, you’ve obviously got Ryan Garcia, who’s on the same platform and should be looking for a world title, should be looking for a big fight against someone from his weight class. Why not? It’s the obvious fight to make.
“Everybody talks a good game, and Regis tried, but he just couldn’t make anything happen. He couldn’t set his feet, he couldn’t get in position to throw, he got more and more frustrated every time. He said when he got dropped, he was on the floor, thinking, ‘Where on earth did that come from?’
“Devin was even much better than Regis could ever imagine, and he gave it everything, but it just wasn’t good enough. Yeah, for sure. We’ve been together a long time,” said Hearn when asked if he’ll be working with Haney again.
“He’s seen what we delivered tonight with him and the team, Devin Haney Promotions. 16,000 at the Chase Center, the show, the atmosphere, the stage. It was unbelievable. There are some huge fights to bring for them. He’s going to be around for a long time,” said Hearn.