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New FSM Essential Recap: Devin Haney vs Ryan Garcia

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Ryan Garcia pulls off one of the biggest upsets in 2024, with a majority decision victory over Devin Haney.

 

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Plenty of doubt surrounded Ryan Garcia (25-1) leading up to the main event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Due to his sporadic behavior on social media in the weeks leading up to Saturday night, many questioned whether or not his mental health would even allow him to be cleared to fight. But after scoring three knockdowns and putting on the best performance of his professional boxing career, Ryan Garcia proved it was crazy to doubt him as he secured the victory over the highly favored WBC junior welterweight champion, Devin Haney (31-1).

Due to missing the weight cut by 3 pounds earlier in the week, Garcia was ineligible to receive the title after earning the majority decision. Regardless, “King Ryan” still showed out and completed possibly the biggest troll job in recent memory.

From the first minute of the fight, Garcia came out swinging and landed a sharp left hook that shook up Haney to start the 1st round. The former undefeated champion managed to recuperate and began outboxing Garcia for the next four rounds.

 

The fight was tilting in Haney’s favor as the champion landed multiple stiff jabs and body shots through the first six rounds. That was until the 7th round, when all hell broke loose.

 

Devin Haney vs Ryan Garcia | Franchise Sports Media
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Just as he did in the first round, Garcia landed another sweeping left hook that landed flush and flung Haney to the ground, the first time an opponent had ever managed to knock down the champion in competition. Garcia continued to find his shots throughout the round, which caused Haney to hit the ground two more times, but these were not scored as official knockdowns. Garcia dominated the 7th round despite being docked a point for swinging at Haney during a break.

As the fight continued into the 8th and 9th rounds, Garcia looked depleted, lacking the same aggression he showed in the 7th. Haney looked to find his footing as he went heavy to the body and forced Garcia against the ropes multiple times.

The final blow came in the 10th as Garcia landed a third-left hook and caused Haney to hit the deck hard. The champ recovered back to his feet but failed to cause any impact through the final two rounds of the fight. As the fight went to a decision, the judges scored the contest 112-112, 114-110, and 115-109, giving Garcia the majority decision victory.

Despite the bad blood between the two fighters, both Haney and Garcia showed respect to one another following the fight, and both stated their desire for a rematch. Despite the incredible upset, Garcia could not obtain his goal of becoming a champion due to missing weight. Signing on for another shot at the title against a fighter he already dismantled seems like a good deal for “King Ryan.” As for Haney, the champion still retains his belt but loses his perfect record.

With the momentum from Saturday night’s bout, both fighters have every reason to step into the ring with each other again, and when they do, let us all hope the rematch is half as good as the fight we all witnessed at the Barclays Center.

 

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