Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia fight results, takeaways: 'King Ry' makes the bizarre mind games work for him

Ryan Garcia  

In what will likely be a leading candidate for both upset and fight of the year, Ryan Garcia erased just about all of the negative expectations following an absurd pre-fight promotion to drop unbeaten Devin Haney three times en route to a majority decision win on Saturday.

Ryan scores 

In a stunning upset, Ryan Garcia scored an action-packed 12-round majority decision over WBC super lightweight champion Devin Haney at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The official scores were 115-109, 114-110 and 112-112. Garcia did not win the title because he failed to make the 140-pound limit.

Rounds scores

Garcia (25-1, 20 KOs) floored Haney in the seventh, tenth and eleventh rounds and came close to scoring a stoppage on multiple occasions. There were moments when the young Californian adopted the unusual defensive posture of turning his back, which gave Haney precious seconds to recover.

Garcia's interview with DAZN.  

“You guys overrate everything,” said a hyped-up Garcia during his interview with DAZN. “You guys hate on me because I’m pretty and sh__. Man, that’s f__cked up. At the end of the day, I’ve been boxing my whole life. All I want to do is love God and help the children. You guys don’t want to know the truth.”

Garcia's interview with DAZN.  

“I knew I had control after [the first knockdown]. It’s hard to recover from big shots. Maybe my conditioning wasn’t the best, but, at the end of the day, I got the job done. [I did the shoulder roll because] I have ADHD and I just start doing random things.”

Garcia's legs buckled   

The warning signs were out for Haney early in round one. An electric left hook counter nailed the champ near the temple and his legs buckled. Garcia followed up recklessly, but he’d immediately made an impression with his power and timing.

Haney found his rhythm 

Despite the scare, Haney found his rhythm in the early rounds. He scored well with the jab and hurt his man with a sharp left hook in the third. Undeterred, Garcia yelled at his rival in defiance and bashed his gloves together, asking for more.

Garcia floored Haney 

The fight changed completely in round seven when Garcia floored Haney with his signature left hook. The punch was an absolute rocket and it’s a miracle that Haney found his feet. When the action continued, Garcia looked for the finish, but he hit Haney on the break and was deducted a point for the infringement

The eighth round:

Garcia was quiet in the eighth and went on the back foot, which seemed the wrong tactical choice. However, the underdog exploded again in the ninth, nailing Haney with a big combination late in the round. And he was only getting started.

Tn round ten, 

In round ten, a huge left hook sent Haney sprawling to the canvas for a second time. Gamely, the champion rose, but his mouth was bloody and his eyes were gone. Another brutal left hook caught “The Dream” and he reeled backwards into the ropes. Again, it was simply incredible that he lasted out the round.