Israel Adesanya Loses $20,000 Wager On Devin Haney To Knock Out Ryan Garcia

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya wrongly predicted Devin Haney would knock out Ryan Garcia.

Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya (left) and Ryan Garcia (right)(Images via Instagram @Stylebender and @KingRyan)

Israel Adesanya was on the wrong end of a shocking result in professional boxing. 

On Saturday night, boxing superstars Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney headlined a highly-anticipated event inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia was supposed to challenge Haney for the WBC super lightweight world title before missing weight by three pounds, allowing ‘The Dream’ to automatically retain his throne. 

Garcia’s weight miss was another reason for the boxing community to doubt him heading into the matchup against undefeated Haney. Throughout the fight buildup, ‘King Ryan’ was overly active on social media discussing conspiracies, making fans concerned for his mental health, while others assumed he was promoting the event. 

Heading into Saturday’s main event, Garcia was a sizable five-to-one betting underdog. Therefore, many gamblers sought a value play on Haney by taking him to win by knockout, including former UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya. 

‘The Last Stylebender’ posted his betting slip on Instagram ($20,000 on Haney by knockout with a $40,600 payout) and added the following caption:

“Shoot the dice 🎲🎲 @stake”

In the past, Israel Adesanya has shared several wagers on professional boxing to promote his sponsorship with Stake. Firstly, he lost $20,000 when Tyson Fury defeated Francis Ngannou.

Adesanya also had mixed results with the following picks – Junior Fa over Frank Sanchez ($5,000 loss), Joseph Parker over Deontay Wilder ($21,000 profit), Anthony Joshua over Otto Wallin by knockout ($16,000 profit), and Joseph Parker over Zhang Zhilei ($42,500 profit). 

Israel Adesanya loses $20,000 bet on Devin Haney by knockout after Ryan Garcia shocking the world

Similar to Israel Adesanya, Devin Haney backers were surprised to see the performance Ryan Garcia showcased on Saturday night. Throughout the twelve-round fight, Garcia knocked down Haney three times before securing a majority decision win (115-109, 114-110, and 112-112). 

Garcia’s latest win extended his professional boxing record to 25-1, while Haney dropped to 31-1. ‘King Ryan’ has many options moving forward in his fighting career, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a rematch between him and ‘The Dream’ later this year. 

Watch Garcia’s three knockdowns against Haney below:

Published on April 21, 2024 at 5:55 pm
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