- The WBC will send order letters to Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia in the “coming days”.
- By defeating Luke Campbell last weekend, Garcia earned the right to face WBC lightweight champion Haney in the latter’s next title defense.
- Garcia however, called out WBA secondary champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis after knocking out Campbell.
The WBC is expected to order a Devin Haney vs Ryan Garcia mandatory title fight for the WBC lightweight title. In a recent appearance at the AK & Barak Show @SiriusXMBoxing, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman says that his organization will be sending the camps of Haney and Garcia order letters “within days”.
Garcia became the first fighter to stop 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell after landing a left hook to the body that sent the Briton down for the full count in the seventh round of their fight last weekend. With the win, he not only captured the interim WBC lightweight title but also earned the right to become the next challenger for WBC lightweight champion Haney.
Haney is coming off a one-sided win over former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa last November in his fist bout since returning from shoulder surgery. Both Haney and Garcia are also eyeing WBA (regular) champion Gervonta Davis and undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez. But if the WBC had its way, the next fight to make is Devin Haney vs Ryan Garcia.
A Secondary Champion?
Yes, Loma won it in the ring against Linares and never lost it. They named Loma franchise champion and then created a second title.
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) October 18, 2020
Haney won the interim WBC lightweight title by defeating Zaur Abdullaev in September 2019. One month later, Vasyl Lomachenko vacated the WBC lightweight title after he was designated as WBC “franchise champion” and Haney was promoted to full champion status. However, the WBC continued to recognize Lomachenko as its true champion, making Haney a “secondary” belt holder.
The 22-year old fought in the undercard of KSI vs Logan Paul in November 2019 and successfully defended his title against Alfredo Santiago. However, he injured his shoulder in the fight and underwent surgery that kept him out until the summer of 2020. He remained as “champion in recess” and after the pandemic, he defeated Yuriorkis Gamboa in November 2019 for his second successful title defense.
Last December, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman announced that Haney would have two mandatory fights in 2021. The first one would be against the winner of Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell. And because he won a vacant belt, he was ordered a second mandatory title fight against Javier Fortuna.
Let’s Go Tank
“Let’s go Tank! I’m ready.”
Ryan Garcia calls out Gervonta Davis!
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 3, 2021
Garcia earned his right to be Haney’s first mandatory challenger after knocking out Luke Campbell last weekend. However, after the biggest win of his career, Garcia went on to call out Gervonta Davis. Davis is the WBA (regular) lightweight champion and WBA (super) super featherweight champion.
The biggest fight in the lightweight division is one that involves Teofimo Lopez, who is recognized as the undisputed lightweight champion after beating Lomachenko. Both secondary champions Haney and Davis want a shot at the the real belts which are with Lopez. However, Teofimo is in no hurry to fight as he holds all the cards now.
Aside from Davis, Garcia also said that he is open to fighting Haney and Lopez. But ring insiders believe that he isn’t ready for either Davis or Lopez yet and that his best next move may be to take his mandatory title challenge against Haney. It remains to be seen though if Oscar De La Hoya will allow that fight, the Tank bout, or Lopez showdown to happen next.