Ryan Garcia Misses Weight, Forfeits $1.5 Million to Devin Haney Ahead of Super Lightweight Fight

Ryan Garcia misses weight, forfeits $1.5M, but vows to beat Devin Haney in their super lightweight fight despite the drama surrounding the bout.

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Ryan Garcia Misses Weight, Forfeits $1.5 Million to Devin Haney Ahead of Super Lightweight Fight

Ryan Garcia Misses Weight, Forfeits $1.5 Million to Devin Haney Ahead of Super Lightweight Fight

Ryan Garcia weighed in at 143.2 pounds, 3.2 pounds over the 140-pound limit, forfeiting $1.5 million to Devin Haney ahead of their super lightweight fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday. As a result of missing weight, Garcia is now ineligible to win Haney's WBC super lightweight title.

The 25-year-old Garcia acknowledged that he did his best to make the weight but put himself "through hell" in the process. Despite the setback, he maintained an optimistic tone, emphasizing his readiness for the fight. "I did my best to make 140 but my body just would not let me do it," Garcia said. "I'm drained of energy but I will still battle tomorrow!"

Haney, who successfully made the 140-pound limit, criticized Garcia's unprofessional behavior. "He's been unprofessional. The world will see that I'm levels above this average fighter," Haney stated. The 25-year-old champion boasts an undefeated record of 31-0 with 15 knockouts.

The weight miss is the latest in a series of bizarre events surrounding Garcia in the lead-up to the fight. The California native has made headlines for his conspiracy theory-fueled rants on social media, going out to clubs, and being accused of inappropriate behavior. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya expressed concern about Garcia's training camp antics and questioned whether he should be believed when he says he was "trolling."

Why this matters: The highly anticipated fight between two of boxing's rising stars has been overshadowed by Garcia's weight miss and erratic behavior. The outcome of this bout could have significant implications for the future of the super lightweight division and the careers of both fighters.

Despite the drama, the fight will still go forward on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Fans can catch the action on DAZN pay-per-view, with the main event expected to take place around 11 PM ET. While Garcia may have lost his shot at the title and a significant portion of his purse, he remains confident in his ability to defeat Haney in the ring. "I'm still going to beat his ass tomorrow. He will get knocked out regardless of this extra money he got."

Key Takeaways

  • Ryan Garcia missed weight, forfeiting $1.5M to Devin Haney.
  • Garcia is now ineligible to win Haney's WBC super lightweight title.
  • Haney criticized Garcia's "unprofessional behavior" ahead of the fight.
  • Garcia's weight miss and erratic behavior have overshadowed the fight.
  • The fight will still proceed, with Garcia confident he can defeat Haney.