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Ryan Garcia Fires Back: 'Who's Crazy Now?' After Beating Haney

After a tumultuous build-up marked by concerns about his mental health, Ryan Garcia emerged victorious in a dramatic showdown against Devin Haney at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Despite being unable to claim the WBC super-lightweight title due to failing to make weight, Garcia's majority decision win over Haney was a pivotal moment in his career.

Ryan Garcia

The 25-year-old Garcia addressed the skepticism surrounding his mental health, asserting,

"This is why people need to stop believing everything on the internet and stop living in a false reality." He expressed frustration at being labeled as "crazy," stating, "I had everybody thinking I was crazy, but at the end of the day who’s the crazy one now?"

Garcia, known for his explosive power, became the first fighter to knock down Haney, a testament to his skill and determination. Reflecting on the fight, Garcia admitted to using alcohol as a coping mechanism, revealing personal struggles including a divorce. Despite his victory, he emphasized that his behavior was not something to be emulated, stating,

"Don’t necessarily look at me like an example, ‘cause I’m far from perfect."

The rivalry between Garcia and Haney dates back to their amateur days, with each winning three fights against the other. Garcia's victory has sparked talks of a potential rematch, as Haney appeared unprepared for Garcia's power.

Looking ahead, Garcia expressed interest in moving up to the 147-pound weight class, citing difficulties in making weight. He dismissed the idea of facing Gervonta "Tank" Davis, speculating that Davis would not fight him if he moved up in weight.

Garcia's victory over Haney not only solidified his standing in the boxing world but also served as a personal triumph, dispelling doubts about his mental health and showcasing his resilience in the face of adversity.


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