Ryan Garcia continues to bask in the glow following the biggest win of his young career.
The celebration tour will be permitted to last just long enough before receiving news of his next ordered fight.
BoxingScene.com has been informed that the World Boxing Council (WBC) is prepared to call for Garcia—its current interim lightweight titlist—to soon enter negotiations for a mandatory title fight versus reigning WBC champ Devin Haney.
Garcia entered the conversation following his 7th round knockout of England’s Luke Campbell (20-4, 16KOs) in a star-making performance on Jan. 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The win came with the interim WBC 135-pound title, in a fight that carried the understanding that the winner would become the first of two mandatory challengers for Haney.
Suggestions from Garcia and Golden Boy Promotions suggested a different course of action would be pursued. The 22-year old from Victorville, California has repeatedly called for a superfight with Gervonta Davis (24-0, 23KOs), the ferocious punching 130-pound titlist and secondary WBA lightweight beltholder. That was the fight discussed at length by Garcia during his DAZN post-fight interview, before noting that he “would also fight Devin Haney, too.”
Haney (25-0, 15KOs) was ringside for the event and in no uncertain terms made it known that he was set to face his fellow unbeaten 22-year old rising star in his next title defense. His team has made that equally as clear.
“Great fight,” Eddie Hearn noted of Garcia’s performance, as he promotes both Campbell and Haney. “You just boxed a final eliminator to fight him… [WBC title] fight will now be ordered.”
That much has been acknowledged by Mauricio Sulaiman, president of WBC who confirmed that such plans are in place to call for the fight. As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, the Mexico City-based sanctioning body established two mandatories in waiting for Haney, who is coming off of a 12-round virtual shutout of Yuriorkis Gamboa last November at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Saturday’s winner was always going to be first in line, with the WBC now prepared to order that fight in the coming days.
Once the fight is formally ordered, the two sides will be afforded a 30-day free negotiations period to work out terms for such a contest. Should they fail to come to an agreement, a purse bid hearing will take place which will make the fight available to the highest bidding WBC-registered promoter. Either side can call for a purse bid at any point during the negotiation period.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox