Haney vs Garcia: Fight time, undercard, latest odds, prediction, ring walks tonight

Haney vs Garcia: Fight time, undercard, latest odds, prediction, ring walks tonight

Devin Haney meets Ryan Garcia tonight on another huge card of boxing, albeit one dominated by controversy.

Garcia was 3.2 pounds over the 140-pound light-welterweight limit at Friday’s weigh-in - where he chugged down a beer - and can no longer win Haney’s WBC world title this weekend as a result.

Haney, 25, is already one of the very best pound-for-pound stars in boxing, having been undisputed champion at lightweight after twice beating George Kambosos Jr in Australia and then backing it up with victory over the great Vasiliy Lomachenko.

Haney moved up to 140lbs for the first time in December to challenge for Regis Prograis’ light-welterweight belt and produced another masterclass, winning 120–107 on all three judges’ scorecards to become a two-weight world champion in sensational fashion.

It is Haney who holds the title and a flawless 31-0 professional record, but the American has gone largely under the radar in the build-up to this fight, with Garcia’s behaviour attracting all of the attention in recent months.

Garcia has been open about his previous mental health struggles and there have been growing concerns over his wellbeing after a string of worrying social media posts. He has supported a number of conspiracy theories, claimed he has evidence of the existence of aliens and suggested he will bite Haney’s ears, while also alleging he has witnessed human trafficking and suffered sexual abuse as a child.

There were suggestions that the fight could be called off, with Garcia revealing the New York State Athletic Commission had asked him to undergo a mental health evaluation.

''Is it not my US constitutional right to have free speech?'' he said in a since-deleted video.

“So because I'm tweeting what I'm tweeting, that's a premises for a mental evaluation? That's curious. So now you're trying to mess with my constitutional rights. Now I'm gonna sue you. I'm gonna sue you for defamation of character actually.”

Despite a bizarre build-up and Garcia missing weight, the fight is going ahead and it will be the seventh time the rivals meet in the ring, having won three times each as amateurs.

Garcia, who fights for a world title for the first time, goes into this bout as the big underdog, having fought only once since he was stopped by Gervonta Davis a year ago. That was a victory over Oscar Duarte in December - a showdown with Haney represents a huge step up.

Haney vs Garcia date, start time, venue and ring walks

Devin Haney vs Ryan Garcia takes place on Saturday April 20, 2024 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The main undercard is due to start at 2am BST in the early hours of Sunday morning for those in the UK, with Haney and Garcia likely to walk to the ring at around 5am. The exact timings are subject to change.

Haney vs Garcia fight card/undercard in full

Devin Haney vs Ryan Garcia

Arnold Barboza Jr vs Sean McComb

Bektemir Melikuziev vs Pierre Dibombe

John Ramirez vs David Jimenez

Charles Conwell vs Nathaniel Gallimore

Ryan Garcia was stopped by Gervonta Davis 12 months ago (AP)
Ryan Garcia was stopped by Gervonta Davis 12 months ago (AP)

How to watch Haney vs Garcia

TV channel and live stream: Haney vs Garcia is being shown live in the UK on DAZN pay-per-view, at a price of £19.99.

Fans can also watch DAZN 1 HD on Sky channel 429.

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Haney vs Garcia prediction

It is difficult to be optimistic about Garcia’s chances in this fight.

The pair were evenly matched as amateurs but Haney has been a class above since turning professional, and would be the favourite even if it was a fully-focused Garcia going into the fight.

There is plenty of doubt over whether that is what we will get on Saturday night, for all Garcia does have the hand speed and power to trouble Haney if he is at his very best. He also has questions to answer over his mentality in the ring, after being accused of quitting against Davis last year when he took a knee and then failed to beat the count.

Haney was perhaps fortunate to get the decision against Lomachenko but has otherwise been largely flawless on his path to becoming a two-weight champion, and has proven he can deliver on the biggest stage.

Devin Haney is expected to extend his unbeaten professional record (Getty Images)
Devin Haney is expected to extend his unbeaten professional record (Getty Images)

He is certainly not as explosive as Garcia, but Haney is technically superb and looked as good as ever when stepping up in weight to 140lbs for the first time to beat Prograis. His last eight wins have come on the cards, but Haney did drop Prograis, suggesting he will carry power at light-welterweight.

Garcia’s route to victory is surely a knockout, with it hard to imagine him winning on points, but we’re going for Haney to control the bout in his typically composed fashion, out-boxing his rival throughout the 12 rounds.

Haney to win by unanimous decision.

Devin Haney vs Ryan Garcia weigh-in results

As mentioned, Garcia weighed in behind closed doors on Friday ahead of the ceremonial weigh-in at 143.2lbs, 3.2 pounds over the light-welterweight limit.

Haney, meanwhile, was bang on the 140-pound mark.

Haney vs Garcia betting odds

Devin Haney to win: 1/9

Ryan Garcia to win: 11/2

Draw: 20/1

Devin Haney to win on points or by decision: 13/10

Devin Haney to win by knockout or technical knockout: Evens

Ryan Garcia to win on points or by decision: 19/1

Ryan Garcia to win by knockout or technical knockout: 15/2

Odds via Betfair (subject to change).