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Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia: Predictions, how to watch Saturday’s boxing match in Brooklyn

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After months of anticipation, the Ryan Garcia vs. Devin Haney fight is nearly here.

Haney is the WBC super lightweight champion with a record of 31-0 and 15 KO’s. He’ll take on Garcia (24-1, 20 KO’s) Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn – though the boxing match will not be a title fight after Garcia failed to make weight.

Talk around the fight focused on Garcia’s behavior and whether the fight would take place as scheduled. The 25-year-old boxer made outlandish claims, including that he conjured up demons and was at risk of being crucified, on social media.

In April 2022, Garcia lost to Gervonta Davis in a seventh-round KO. In his next fight, he beat Oscar Duarte Jurado by KO in December 2023.

Haney, also 25, is coming off a win over Regis Prograis, in a fight held in December 2023 in San Francisco.

Did Ryan Garcia make weight?

At the weigh-in Friday, Ryan Garcia missed the contracted 140-pound weight by more than three pounds. But the fight still is on, though Haney’s WBC super lightweight title belt will not be up for grabs.

What time is the Ryan Garcia vs. Devin Haney fight?

The main card starts at 8 p.m. ET. Ring walks for Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney are estimated to start at 11 p.m. ET.

How to watch Ryan Garcia vs. Devin Haney fight

The boxing match can be viewed on DAZN ($69.99 with a subscription) and ($79.99 (no subscription required).

MORE BOXING: Fight odds, how to watch Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia

Who’s going to win the Ryan Garcia-Devin Haney fight?

Robert Segal, Boxing News 24: “Even if Haney is planning to fight in a toe-to-toe fight, once he tastes Ryan’s power, he’ll change his mind about that and revert to the safety-first style we saw him use in his last four fights.’’

  • Prediction: Haney by a one-sided decision or late knockout

Lucky Ngamwajasat, Bleacher Report: “One punch can turn any fight and ‘King Ry’ definitely has the arsenal to catch Haney if he isn’t careful. However, the smart money here says Haney keeps Garcia at arm’s length and cruises to victory.

  • Prediction: Haney by unanimous decision

Daniel Yanofsky, The Sporting News: “The distractions Garcia has brought to this fight are concerning. It may be an act or a cry for help. However, if we are talking about pure skills, that is where Haney is king.’’ 

  • Prediction: Haney by unanimous decision

Matt Verri, Evening Standard: “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.”

  • Prediction: Haney to win by unanimous decision

Josh Peter, USA TODAY: “With Ryan Garcia’s erratic behavior, I’m hoping for the best but expecting the worst.”

  • Prediction: Haney wins after Garcia is DQ’d in the 8th round.

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