Bob Arum: I’d Beat Ryan Garcia in a 100-Yard Dash

Published 01/28/2021, 1:07 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: Ryan Garcia poses after defeating Romero Duno in a lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia won with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Ryan Garcia is the most watched-out young gun in boxing. The undefeated fighter has a mammoth fan base who follows his every boxing outing. Recently he dispatched Luke Campbell with a sensational T/KO win to capture the interim WBC title. However, his performance against the Brit didn’t quite impress the Top Rank CEO.

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Bob Arum was in an interview with Boxing Scene. He shed some light on ‘KingRy’s latest victory, and how he envisions a fight between him and Teofimo Lopez Jr.

He said, “I liked the fact that he got knocked down (in the second round) and got up and survived and finished the job. That was a good sign for him. He’s got very fast hands, a lot of power, but I’d beat him in a 100-yard dash.”

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Arum hailed the 22-year-old for scoring a knockdown, even after getting floored first. But he felt Garcia’s foot movements weren’t quick, and he’d end up getting caught by a prominent boxer.

He even drew comparisons between his fighter, Teofimo Lopez, and Ryan Garcia. Arum believed that Lopez would easily counter Garcia. And this is predominantly why ‘KingRy’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, won’t stage a fight between the two so early.

I mean, (Golden Boy) won’t put him in with Lopez. Lopez would have easy work with Garcia,” he added.

Last year, Arum’s fighter Teofimo Lopez bagged The Ring magazine fighter of the year award for his emphatic win over Vasyl Lomachenko. The Top Rank CEO firmly believes that ‘The Takeover’ has all the weapons in his artillery to beat the mighty Ryan Garcia.

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Ryan Garcia vs Teofimo Lopez, will it happen soon?

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES NOVEMBER 2, 2019: American boxer Ryan Garcia wins his WBC Silver and NABO lightweight title bout against Philippine rival Romero Duno at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

With his recent win for the interim title, Ryan Garcia is in line for a title shot against the WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney. Post that he might get aligned to fight his long-time foe, Gervonta Davis. On the flip side, Lopez is in talks to confront George Kambosos Jr. in his next outing to defend his multiple lightweight titles.

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OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez walks to his corner after the seventh round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Masayoshi Nakatani (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

However, considering the current scenario in the lightweight division, a fight between the duo doesn’t seem to be on the cards anytime sooner.

Both of them have different bouts ahead of them. They’ll look to win those before getting their hands on each other.

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Do you envision a fight between Lopez and Garcia for the undisputed lightweight title?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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