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Devin Haney calls for ‘fair’ rematch with Ryan Garcia after weigh-in fiasco

Devin Haney calls for ‘fair’ rematch with Ryan Garcia after weigh-in fiasco

Devin Haney has called for a “fair” rematch against Ryan Garcia after suffering a decision loss to his fellow American, who missed weight by three pounds last week.

Garcia dropped Haney three times before securing a majority-decision win in Brooklyn on Saturday (20 April), handing Haney his first professional loss but failing to take the WBC super-lightweight title.

Garcia, 25, was ineligible to win the belt due to his failed weigh-in, and Haney, also 25, has suggested that “King Ryan”’s extra weight aided his performance.

“First off I wanna say.. Alhamdulillah,” Haney wrote on Instagram on Wednesday (24 April). “Allah is the perfect planner and I trust his plan no matter what. I came up short but this [is] boxing, and if anyone knows me they know that I am a true competitor, and always wanted to test my skills against the best fighters in the world.

“Ryan, despite the circumstances was victorious that night and that’s fine. I do feel like weight played a role in it but only Allah knows. I would love to run it back and give the fans a FAIR fight within an agreed weight.

“With that being said.. I am currently enjoying time with my family & friends as well as making up my days of Ramadan. Thank you to all my supporters & everyone involved in making this event happen. After I finish making up my days of Ramadan I will tell you guys what’s next!

“I appreciate everyone that has reached out, I am overwhelmed with love! I will be back better then [sic] ever InshaAllah.”

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Since beating Haney, Garcia has called out various potential opponents, including Conor Benn, Errol Spence Jr, UFC champion Sean O’Malley and Gervonta Davis.

Last April, Davis stopped Garcia with a body shot, becoming the first fighter to beat King Ryan.

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