Haney vs Garcia Barclays Center NY April 20th on DAZN

The much-anticipated showdown between WBC super lightweight titlist Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia had fans buzzing with excitement. Confirmed on February 9, the announcement set off fireworks as the fighters engaged in a heated face-off during Las Vegas' Super Bowl festivities.

Initially slated for Las Vegas, Haney's home turf, the venue for the bout took a surprising turn. Oscar De La Hoya, now a promoter, disclosed on Wednesday that the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, would host the showdown.

Adding to the anticipation, an open-to-the-public press tour is scheduled to commence next week. Starting February 27 at the Palladium Times Square in New York and continuing on February 29 at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, these press conferences promise excitement.

The fight, to be aired on DAZN, is a joint effort of Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom Boxing, and the fighters' promotional teams.

Ryan Garcia teased fans on social media, hinting at a surprise during the New York press conference, fueling speculation about a new addition to his team.

New York's boxing scene has been longing for marquee matchups. The Barclays Center's last boxing event was in October 2022, featuring Deontay Wilder's swift victory over Robert Helenius. Meanwhile, Madison Square Garden, boxing's historic Mecca, saw no main arena boxing events in 2023.

Haney and Garcia, tied 3-3 in their amateur careers, will bring their long-standing rivalry to The Empire State, aiming to settle the score.

Former undisputed lightweight champion Haney (31-0, 15 KOs) claimed the 140-pound title by defeating Regis Prograis in December via unanimous decision.

Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs), bouncing back from an April loss to Gervonta Davis, showcased his prowess with an eighth-round stoppage win against Oscar Duarte in December.

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