Ryan Garcia (born August 8, 1998) is a professional boxer from the United States who held the WBC interim lightweight title from January 2021 until May 2021.
He is ranked third best active lightweight in the world by The Ring magazine and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board as of June 2021, fourth by ESPN, and sixth by BoxRec.
Garcia began boxing when he was seven years old. He was a 15-time national amateur champion with a 215-15 amateur record. Eddy Reynoso has been his coach.
On June 9, 2016, Garcia made his professional debut at the age of 17. In his debut professional fight, he faced Edgar Meza in Tijuana and won by TKO. In November 2016, Garcia signed with Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar De La Hoya stated that Garcia would make his debut on December 17, 2016, at The Forum in the Smith-Hopkins light-heavyweight main event. Garcia knocked out his opponent in the second round.
Garcia’s contract with Golden Boy Promotions was extended in September 2019 with a new five-year deal. The specifics of the multi-year agreement were not released.
Ryan has three sisters, Demi, Sasha, and Kayla, as well as a brother, Sean Garcia, who is also a professional boxer. Henry and Lisa Garcia are his parents. His parents were active participants in his amateur career.
Ryan’s parents continue to help him in his professional life; his father is still one of his trainers, and his mother works as his Personal Administrative Assistant for commercial ventures. Garcia’s daughter was born in March 2019.
Despite his American origin and nationality, Garcia frequently blends his Mexican ancestry into his persona. He frequently brings both the American and Mexican flags into the ring and dresses in red, white, and blue.
Despite the fact that he does not speak Spanish, he is currently under the tutelage of Eddy Reynoso, who also teaches Canelo Alvarez. However, his father, Henry Garcia, continues to translate as the training team’s second assistant.
García vs. Duno
Romero Duno was announced as Garcia’s next opponent on September 18, 2019. Romero Duno was expected to be the toughest test of Ryan Garcia’s career in the co-main event of Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev. Garcia aced the test, knocking out Duno at 1:38 of the first round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I feel good,” Garcia said in his post-fight interview. “It’s kind of what I expected. He caught me with that overhand right on the chin, but I took it. When I took his best shot, I was, like, ‘All right, I got him.’ Everybody knows he has a big overhand right, but when I took it, I was, like, ‘Oh, OK,’ and I felt good from there.”
Garcia and Duno started the battle aggressively, throwing punches with malicious intent.
Garcia (19-0, 16 KOs) connected with a thudding straight right hand that through Duno’s guard. Duno was a little disoriented. Garcia maintained his composure and hit another right hand, followed by a glancing left hook to the temple to bend Duno backwards, bringing the bout to a conclusion. As he rushed across Duno, Garcia, 21, thought the sky was the limit.
“I just want better competition,” Garcia said. “I’m only 21, and a lot of people forget that. I’m going at my pace. Whatever I feel I’m ready for, I’ll take on. Those fights are going to be huge later on, but whatever my team says, that’s what I’ll do. I always want to listen to my team.”
García vs. Fonseca
Golden Boy announced on January 2, 2020, that Garcia would face Francisco Fonseca February 14, 2020, at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The 21-year-old proved he’s the genuine deal and a legitimate force in the lightweight category by landing a picture-perfect left hook in just 80 seconds to send Fonseca packing.
Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) nearly won the fight in the first 30 seconds when he startled Fonseca with a left hook. Garcia was waiting for an opening to put Fonseca away after clipping him with a few more left hooks. When Fonseca attempted a right hand, Garcia twisted his hips and unleashed a dazzling left hook. This knocked Fonseca out at the moment of impact.
García vs. Campbell
On October 8, it was announced that Garcia would compete for the interim WBC lightweight title against Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell at Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California.
Due to Campbell getting Coronavirus, the fight was put back to January 2, 2021, with the venue relocating to American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Following a stunning left crochet to the body in round seven, Garcia defeated Campbell after a knockdown in round 2.
According to CompuBox statistics, Garcia outlanded Campbell 94 to 74 (32% ) in total punches and 77 to 51 (44% ) in power punches, with Campbell outlanding Garcia in jabs 23 to 17. (15 per cent).
Cancelled bout vs. Fortuna
DAZN announced on April 13, 2021, that Garcia would defend his freshly gained WBC interim lightweight title against Dominican former WBA (Regular) super featherweight champion Javier Fortuna.
The fight was scheduled for July 9 at an undisclosed location, with the winner becoming mandatory for WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
On April 24, however, Garcia announced his withdrawal from the fight to “manage his health and well-being.” Former IBF super featherweight champion Joseph Diaz agreed to move up to lightweight to replace Garcia and face Fortuna on July 9.
Garcia was then stripped of his newly crowned WBC interim lightweight championship, with Diaz and Fortuna fighting for it instead.
$700 million deal
Ryan’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, claimed in September 2019 that he aims to assist the rising star to secure an astronomical $700 million contract. Ryan, according to Oscar, has the potential to become “the biggest star boxing has ever seen, hands down”
At the time of writing, no contract has been formalised, but $700 million would nearly quadruple De La Hoya’s $365 million deal for Saul Alvarez.
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