Midnight Mania! Haney Requests Garcia Rematch Because ‘Weight Played A Role’ In Defeat

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It’s only been a few days since Devin Haney’s shocking upset loss to Ryan Garcia (watch here), which saw “King” drop Haney multiple times en route to a decision victory. In the immediate aftermath, Haney’s team issued a brief statement that he “fought like a champion” and did not suffer a rumored broken jaw.

Given a few days to process, however, Haney has taken to social media to request a rematch. According to Haney, Garcia’s substantial weight miss was a factor in his loss, and he still wants a fair fight.

“First off I wanna say … Alhamdulillah Allah is the perfect planner and I trust his plan no matter what,” Haney wrote. “I came up short but this 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.”

Famously, Haney and Garcia fought as amateurs six times, evenly splitting their contests. Given their history, massive payouts, and a legitimate gripe regarding the weight miss, Haney theoretically has a solid chance at scoring another professional bout versus Garcia. However, Garcia is interested in moving up in weight class, which could be an issue, and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya outright shut down his request in the comments.

“Good luck with Eddie but there will not be a rematch,” De La Hoya wrote. “Good luck in your career and good luck with Eddie a European promoter trying to make it in the US.”

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