Devin Haney, has claimed that the sacrifices which Ryan Garcia made on the negotiation table for his fight against Gervonta Davis, don’t compare to the ones he made for his clash with George Kambosos Jr.
Haney famously travelled to Australia to challenge Kambosos for all four belts in the lightweight division, where he won by unanimous decision and became the first undisputed 135lb champion since Pernell Whitaker in 1990.
Not only did ‘The Dream’ have to fly around the world to a country where his father and trainer, Bill, was not allowed to enter, but he also accepted a rematch clause in order to make the fight happen, in which he once again defeating Kambosos by unanimous decision.
Ryan Garcia agreed to the ‘Tank’ fight at a catchweight of 136lbs, just months after claiming that he will never fight at lightweight (135lb) again, having previously had issues making the weight. Garcia is also restricted by a 10lb rehydration clause – where he can’t weigh in more that 146lbs on the day of the fight.
In an interview with FightHype, Haney made the point that Garcia signed up to those conditions.
“I wouldn’t say he is necessarily ‘doing a Devin’. He is fighting in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, he is from Los Angeles, it is an hour away. I had to go across the globe and fight overseas in front of 40,000 people, far away from home, twice. So, it is a little different, even though he did take the rehydration clause and whatever the weight is.”
“He signed up for that at the end of the day. Is it fair? I don’t know, that is what he signed up for. So, if he felt like he could be victorious, under those terms, then we’ve got to see, what can you do?”
Davis and Garcia will face each other on April 22nd, with the event streamed live on both Showtime and DAZN pay-per-view, in a rare cross-broadcaster deal.