Haney vs Garcia: Jim Lampley Thinks One Is A Clear Favorite



Haney vs Garcia: Jim Lampley Thinks One Is A Clear Favorite

Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Lampley blew out 75 candles April 8. The living legend of broadcast will once again be co-hosting a viewer chat during the PPV.COM live stream of next Saturday's, April 20 (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT) Haney vs Garcia WBC super lightweight world title scrap, so you could log on and wish Jim well.

The stream will be priced at $79.99, for the record.


“In the last four and a half years Devin Haney achieved dominant control of boxing’s 135-pound weight level, en route to becoming the undisputed World Lightweight Champion, with an impressive series of performances, in clear victories, over Yuriorkis Gamboa, Jorge Linares, Joseph Diaz, George Kambosos (twice) and Vasyl Lomachenko,” Lampley says of the 31-0 boxer.

Devin Haney fights April 20, 2024 versus Ryan Garcia

Sounds like Lampley is liking the focus of Haney as opposed to the Garcia status, which has people wondering if his head is on straight as can be leading up to April 20 face-off

“Every single one of those opponents can, through one filter or another, be seen to have a more meaningful background in the ring than Ryan Garcia, especially Lomachenko, who as both an amateur and a pro, was one of the landmark boxing craft talents of the past few decades,” Lampley continued. “In comparison to Garcia, Devin Haney has the more stable lifestyle, the far more impressive boxing resume, the greater proven focus, and the more visible motivation to work hard toward a lofty goal.

Haney vs Garcia on April 20, 2024

One does wonder, is Garcia more interested in the non boxing world? Is he trying to fool people into thinking he's not dialed in? Only he knows

Well stated by the North Carolina professor, who has been a welcome addition to the media mix this year, with his engagement with the folks. He's been impressed with recent Haney outings, like his handling of vet Regis Prograis.

And of the handsome hitter Ryan Garcia? “He is the livelier and more exotic social media figure, has the prettier face, and may possibly possess more one-punch power, particularly with his left hook,” Lampley says.

He continued: “Since the time when these two split six amateur fights 3-3, Haney, who last December moved up in weight to dethrone WBC super lightweight champion Regis Prograis, has gotten steadily better and steadily more focused, and Garcia has amassed huge numbers of social media followers and raised logical questions regarding his level of mental health.”

“What else do you need to know? The logical choice is Haney by quality unanimous decision,” says Lampley in closing. “It won’t be at all shocking if Haney wins 10, 11 or all 12 rounds. It WILL be shocking, to this observer, if Haney finds a way to lose.”

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.