Garcia drops champ Haney 3 times in wild upset

Boxing

NEW YORK — Ryan Garcia’s fitness to fight was questioned in the lead-up to Saturday night’s bout with Devin Haney, a turbulent promotion that was highlighted by Garcia’s erratic comments.

Garcia was a major underdog and was virtually counted out entering Saturday evening. His blinding, powerful left hook turned the tide as Garcia scored three knockdowns to pull the upset via majority-decision victory at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

One judge scored the bout 112-112 but was overruled by scores of 114-110 and 115-109 for Garcia, who outlanded Haney 106-87 in total punches and 95-45 in power punches, according to Compubox.

Garcia (25-1, 20 KOs) was not eligible to win Haney’s (31-1, 15 KOs) WBC junior welterweight title after he weighed 143.2 pounds Friday for the 140-pound contest. The title will now become vacant.

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