The Matchroom Boxing promoter noted that he believes there is no better fight on the horizon for Haney than stepping into the ring against ‘KingRy’ Garcia, plus, the bout would already have DAZN’s approval.
It comes after Hearn promoted Haney’s fight against Regis Prograis, in which the California native won and became 140-pound champion on his 140-pound debut, to which he jumped after being undisputed 135-pound champion.
“That’s the fight for him,” the Englishman expressed to BoxScene. “I’m not looking to be disruptive. Ryan has been messaging me and I’m not negotiating nor have I discussed any business with him.
“He’s simply made it clear that he wants to fight Devin. And Devin is a guy I want the best for. I think that’s the right fight for him. It’s the right fight for DAZN.”
De La Hoya, displeased with Hearn’s approach to Haney
However, this situation does not please Oscar De La Hoya, because although Haney is nominally a free agent, he has close working ties with Matchroom Boxing.
The Golden Boy had pointed out that Hearn has nothing to do with Haney due to the fighter’s free agent status, however, the English promoter said he has the right to match any offer Haney receives for his next fight.
“He would say that,” Hearn said of De La Hoya in an interview with Boxing Social. “We have an option on Devin to do something like first and last. We were able to present him with offers and match offers, etc., etc.”
For years now, Hearn and De La Hoya have had some verbal sparring, though they share the same streaming platform through a partnership with DAZN.