Haney and Garcia close to agreeing April 20 fight

Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia are reportedly close to agreeing terms to fight on April 20.

Representatives of the two fighters had previously been in discussions for a proposed fight following Haney’s victory over Regis Prograis on December 9 in San Francisco, when he won the WBC super lightweight title. Garcia defeated Oscar Durate Jurado in Houston, Texas, via an eighth-round stoppage the week before. 

Both fighters’ past fights were broadcast on DAZN and, according to the Daily Star, the proposed contest will be staged in Las Vegas – where Garcia’s defeat by Gervonta Davis was the biggest grossing fight of 2023 – on DAZN PPV. 

Garcia had instructed his promoter Oscar De La Hoya to enter negotiations for what, against Haney, could prove one of the biggest fights of 2024, before instead seeking to fight WBA champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero. 

Those negotiations collapsed in mid-January, and Premier Boxing Champions then confirmed that Romero will make the first defence of his title against Isaac Cruz on March 30 at Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena as the co-main event to Tim Tszyu’s WBO light middleweight title defence against Keith Thurman. 

Bill Haney, the father, trainer and manager of Devin, more recently spoke of his willingness to resume negotiations with Garcia and his representatives.