<
>

Sources: Devin Haney to defend title vs. Ryan Garcia in April

play
Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia get heated as shoving match breaks out (1:30)

Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia exchange pleasantries and a few shoves after their fight was announced for April 20. (1:30)

Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia have struck a deal to fight April 20 in Las Vegas for Haney's junior welterweight championship, sources told ESPN.

Haney, ESPN's No. 6 pound-for-pound boxer, will step into the ring for his third consecutive pay-per-view fight -- his most high profile yet -- as he continues his star climb.

Haney, 25, fights out of Las Vegas and is ESPN's reigning runner-up for fighter of the year.

His 2023 campaign included a thrilling decision victory over future Hall of Famer Vasiliy Lomachenko to retain his undisputed lightweight championship and a shutout victory over Regis Prograis to become a two-division champ in his junior welterweight debut.

Haney (31-0, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his 140-pound title against Garcia, one of boxing's top stars.

Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs) owns arguably the quickest hands in boxing. In April, he faced Gervonta Davis in a genuine superfight, an event that generated over 1 million PPV buys and more than $22 million at the gate.

Garcia, 25, wasn't at his best in the matchup, which he lost via seventh-round TKO from a body shot. After all, the Southern Californian agreed to a 136-pound catchweight where he couldn't exceed 146 pounds the morning of the fight.

Garcia's previous two bouts took place at 140 pounds, as did his most recent performance, an eighth-round KO of Oscar Duarte in December. And that's the weight for the Haney fight, Garcia's first shot at a world title.

Haney is ESPN's No. 1 boxer at 140 pounds, and Garcia is No. 8. Both boxers boast sizable social-media followings: Haney has 2.6 million Instagram followers; Garcia has 10.3 million.

It's a fight years in the making, dating to their amateur days when they split a series of six bouts.

But it's Haney who is the far more accomplished pro boxer, a résumé he'll look to add to with a win over Garcia.

Garcia, meanwhile, will seek an upset victory in what would be a career-defining win that would propel him to the pound-for-pound list and change his trajectory.