Ryan Garcia beats Devin Haney to hand rival first pro loss, doesn't win title

Haney fell to 31-1 but retained the WBC super lightweight champion belt.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Ryan Garcia throws a punch at Devin Haney during a fight at Barclays Center on April 20, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Cris Esqueda/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

Ryan Garcia knocked Devin Haney down three times and handed the WBC super lightweight champion his first loss, winning the fight by majority decision Saturday night but not the title because he was over the weight limit.

Garcia's odd behavior in public and on social media throughout the buildup led to questions about how serious he was about this fight. It sure seemed as though he didn't devote enough time for training when he was more than 3 pounds above the 140-pound limit on Friday.

But the speed and power in his hands was too much for Haney, who was hurt right from the opening round and went down in the seventh, 10th and 11th.

Garcia (25-1, 20 KOs) won by scores of 115-109 and 114-110 on two of the judges' cards, while the third had it 112-112.

The Associated Press scored it 114-110 for Garcia.

The 25-year-olds from California fought six times as amateurs, but Haney had the stronger pro career, winning the undisputed lightweight title and then moving up to win the WBC title in his first fight at 140 pounds.

Garcia couldn't take his title, but he took Haney's perfect record. Haney fell to 31-1.

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