Boxers removed from first pitch at Mets game after earlier altercation at Empire State Building

Preparations for the Devin Haney-Ryan Garcia fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn have resulted in numerous promotional events across New York this week, but two have already gone awry.

Haney and Garcia were originally scheduled to fight for the WBC junior welterweight title on Saturday night, but Garcia was three pounds over the 140-pound maximum limit. The fight is still on, but a belt will not be up for grabs.

However, the two had a promotional event at the Empire State Building on Tuesday and they had to be separated in front of numerous cameras.


Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney

Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia face off at the Empire State Building on April 16, 2024 in New York. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

The incident was apparently enough for the New York Mets to cancel their plan to have the duo throw out the first pitch later that night.

According to Garcia's camp, via the New York Post, Mets security was concerned about the ruckus early in the day. So, the Mets canceled the plans out of fear of another altercation.

Garcia had apparently thrown warm-up pitches and met with members of the Mets with “everything going well.”

The Post reported that “Garcia's camp said only Garcia, Haney and Garcia's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, would be allowed in the field to avoid another fight and that both boxers were instructed to adopt their “best behavior” in the field.

Ryan Garcia

Ryan Garcia during a weigh-in at the Barclays Center on April 19, 2024, in New York. (Cris Esqueda/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

Garcia's camp further claimed that Haney was furious when he was told the first pitch would not take place and left the stadium, but Garcia was still willing to throw out the first pitch himself .”

The Mets apparently said De La Hoya would be allowed to throw the pitch, but he refused and Garcia left shortly after.

“The Mets just wasted three hours of our lives to say at the end we can't throw the field for whatever reason. … There was no reason. They threw us out for no reason,” Garcia said in a statement. video on.

“F— the Mets. Don't ever go to a fucking Mets game again.”

The Mets did not respond to a request for comment.

Garcia-Haney intervenes

Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia compete during a weigh-in at the Barclays Center on April 19, 2024, in New York. (Cris Esqueda/Golden Boy/Getty Images)


Garcia promised he would pay $500,000 for every overweight pound, and Haney says Garcia paid $1.5 million.

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