Ryan Garcia, one of boxing’s hottest young prospects today and a boxing odds favorite this weekend, will be back in action after a 15-month layoff to face Emmanuel Tagoe in a 12-round, 139-pound catchweight bout as they headline the card inside the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Before we dive into his journey as a fighter, here is a look at his professional career numbers, which often made him a boxing betting odds darling with bettors.
Ryan Garcia’s Next Fight
Ryan Garcia’s next fight is against Emmanuel Tagoe on Saturday, April 9, inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Ryan Garcia Fight Record
Ryan Garcia Weight, Stats & Bio
A native of California, the 5-10, 135-pound pugilist picked up the sport when he was seven years old and never looked back. He was already a proven winner before he turned pro in 2016 because of his impressive amateur record of 215 wins and 15 losses on his way to becoming a 15-time national champion.
These outstanding achievements immediately caught the attention of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions who signed the wonderkid.
Ryan Garcia Fight History
Garcia quickly piled up the wins and fought seven times in seven months in 2016, where he recorded six stoppages in all of those bouts, with his bout against Christian Cruz Chacon the only one going the distance.
“King Ry” was as active as he was the following year after competing in six fights, but this time, he made sure to finish them all via KO/TKOs.
In 2018, the American of Mexican descent fought four times and collected four victories over Fernando Vargas Parra (first-round knockout), Jayson Valdez (unanimous decision), Carlos Morales (majority decision win) and Braulio Rodriguez (fifth-round knockout) to secure his 17th career victory.
From there, he went on to face the toughest opponents in his career so far.
First, he dispatched Puerto Rico’s Jose Lopez within two rounds in their April 2019 fight. Then Garcia gave the Filipino slugger Romero Duno his first taste of a defeat when he knocked him out in one round in November 2019 to win the vacant WBC Lightweight title, before knocking out Francisco Fonseca in their February 2020 matchup to claim the WBC Silver Lightweight Title.
The biggest test by far in his young career came in his last outing against Luke Campbell when they crossed paths in January 2021.
The 23-year old suffered his first-ever professional knockdown when Campbell connected a perfectly-timed hook that caught him right in the chin, downing him in the second round.
LUKE CAMPBELL PUTS RYAN GARCIA ON THE CANVAS IN ROUND 2 💥 pic.twitter.com/hCQaPiVHjY
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) January 2, 2021
However, the setback awakened the undefeated fighter as he composed himself and turned the tide in the match by eventually stopping the Englishman in the seventh round through a powerful shot to the liver to send Campbell down for good.
The win earned Garcia the WBC Interim Lightweight Title and made him the number five-ranked lightweight contender in the world.
THAT'S IT. THAT'S THE TWEET. pic.twitter.com/j3jiClhCI8
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) January 3, 2021
Now, Ryan Garcia’s much-anticipated return to action will be against Emmanuel Tagoe, as both fighters are looking to sustain their respective winning streaks.
On paper, Garcia is the heavy favorite to win the match by way of stoppage because of his 85% finishing rate and unblemished record compared to Tagoe’s 32-1 record and only 45% of stoppage wins.
Although King Ry only has a two-inch reach and two-inch height advantage over “The Gameboy,” a massive discrepancy in age will play a factor in the match as Garcia is ten years younger than Tagoe.
With an entire decade of youth to his advantage, the American will obviously have the speed and accuracy advantage over the Ghanaian, making it the key to the young prospect’s victory on Saturday night.
Ryan Garcia vs. Emmanuel Tagoe: Main Fight Card
|Ryan Garcia vs. Emmanuel Tagoe||12||139-pound catchweight|
|Gabriel Rosado vs. Shane Mosley Jr.||10||Super Middleweight (WBA Continental Americas Title)|
|Marlen Esparza vs. Naoko Fujioka||10||Flyweight (WBC, WBA and Ring Belt)|
|Azat Hovhannisyan vs. Dagoberto Aguero||10||Featherweight|
Ryan Garcia vs. Emmanuel Tagoe: Undercard Fights
|Patrick Teixeira vs. Paul Valenzuela||10||Middleweight|
|Gregory Morales vs. Katsuma Akitsugi||8||Featherweight|
|Tristan Kalkreuth vs. Santander Silgado||6||Heavyweight|
|George Rincon vs. Alejandro Frias||10||Super Lightweight|
|Hector Valdez vs. Daniel Moncada||8||Super Bantamweight|
|Santos Ortega vs. Jesus Martinez||6||Featherweight|
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