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8th January 2021
By: Max Taylor
With knockouts, trash talking, and countless world titles up for grabs, the lightweight division threatens to host the most entertaining four-way rivalry we have seen since the Fabulous group back in the 80’s.
Modern-day boxing is now ridiculed for its politics which brings divide and lack of competition, but there is a sense that there is nowhere for each of these young bucks, who are taking boxing by storm, to hide. It does not seem like the elements that are criticized to be damaging boxing can get in the way of the hungry group that consists of: Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney. This quartet’s average age hangs below 24 yet their talent defies all judgement as they are currently dominating the 135lb division.
If they want to replicate the historic success that the welterweight foursome of the 80’s did, then it is imperative that each of them lock horns. And what better time to do it than now? The youngest pair, Haney and Garcia, proved they are not still green with what they have earned thus far in their careers. Haney was promoted to world champion status by the WBC, meanwhile Garcia only last weekend knocked out Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell to cement himself as the mandatory challenger for Haney’s belt.
Before understanding the personalities of each of these men, one would be right to assume that Haney VS Garcia for the WBC title is the most logical fight to make next. But throw in money, ego, and personal desires then you have ‘The Dream’ and ‘KingRy’ looking everywhere for a fight but at each other.
Despite the WBC claiming that they will order Haney to defend his titles against Garcia soon, the San-Francisco born boxer has been public about his aim…to take on Lopez, the unified champion and Top Dog of the 135lbers.
In December during an interview on Brian Custer’s podcast, Haney told the show host “My next [fight] will be Teofimo Lopez because that would be for all the belts of course and I would want to be undisputed champion of the lightweight division”.
Even if that thought has changed since last week where Haney’s challenger was decided, fellow Californian Garcia will hold his former amateur rival to that as he has recently expressed his aspirations to fight WBA regular world champion Davis.
A rivalry between ‘KingRy’ and ‘Tank’ is one that would result in the fans winning. It pitches a great story with each man’s promoters (Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather) being former foes. It also promises explosions in the ring with Garcia possessing an 85% KO to fight ratio while Davis boasts with 95%.
Davis seems to be on board with the fight as much as Garcia is too, and the atmosphere between the two confident power punchers is heating up as much as you think it would. They even took it to Mike Tyson’s ‘Hotboxin’ podcast where Garcia told his future opponent over the phone that he would knock him out in two rounds.
A great for those invested, and one that does not leave Haney high and dry as Lopez responded with interest to the concept of a unification match with the Matchroom-signed talent. In an interview with ESNEWS, The Brooklyn-boxer revealed “we sent out the contract for [WBO & IBF mandatory] Kambosos, we will see what happens there. If they give us sh*t for it then we press on Devin”.
It is clear these four have the intention to go at one another in the ring. Without the burden of mandatory challengers, 2021 is likely to be the first year we see these stars create a supernova in boxing by giving fans what they want: competition against each other.