Can Ryan Garcia Defeat the Best at Lightweight?

Published 03/02/2021, 6:00 AM EST
DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates with Oscar de la Hoya after his victory against Luke Campbell for WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)


Ryan Garcia is one of the most prolific young guns in boxing at present. Over the years, he’s stormed his way to the top with unmatched skill sets. ‘KingRy’ immerses himself in grilling workout regimes to sharpen up his prowess. He’s one pugilist among all the stout contenders who showcase a promising future.

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Moreover, Garcia is among the handful of boxers who have a mammoth following on social media. He constantly interacts with his fans and keeps them entertained with his feed.

The 22-year-old began 2021 with a bang by beating Luke Campbell with a vicious body shot. Despite getting knocked down in the fight first, Garcia came out on top, displaying a champion mindset. He even bagged the WBC interim lightweight belt that night.

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DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia (L) lands a left hook agains Luke Campbell during the WBC Interim Lightweight Title fight at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

With this win, ‘KingRy’ has opened himself for much bigger fights/opponents in the charismatic lightweight landscape, which is filled with undefeated champions.

That said, here we look at the enormous opponents Garcia could battle out in the coming time and how he matches up with these combatants.

Top-3 opponents for Ryan Garcia in the lightweight roster

Devin Haney

As Garcia is the WBC interim champion, his next and only relevant fight at this stage is a 12-round battle with the champion Devin Haney.

Most of us might think that this duo will touch gloves for the first time in their careers. But, they have already confronted each other back in 2015 in their amateur reign. Here, ‘Dream’ defeated Garcia with a UD in a 3-round super-featherweight contest.

However, the pair has undeniably transformed themselves post that fight. Especially ‘KingRy’, who has improved way better and still going strong in his active run. He has developed immense speed coupled with daunting power to dispatch Haney.

But Garcia cannot take the champion on a lighter note, as he’s also kept his undefeated streak alive yet. Their matchup would be one for the ages, and fans can’t wait to see them face each other.

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Gervonta Davis

Davis and Garcia share one of the greatest rivalries in the sport. The pair ranks among the finest pugilists at present, and a rift between them excites the fans more than any other fight.

They compliment each other pretty well in style. ‘Tank’, a southpaw, has crushing power and hasn’t got beaten until now. On the flip side, Garcia is one of the most exemplary counter punchers in the division, and he also has mighty power to dispatch opponents.

Considering their skill sets, both ‘KingRy’ and ‘Tank’ can put on an eye-catchy 12-round show for their fans, making it the best lightweight fight in boxing.

Teofimo Lopez

The unified champion, Lopez, wouldn’t be a straightforward task for Ryan Garcia. Among all the sturdy 135-pounders, Lopez is unquestionably at the peak.

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To beat a champion like Lopez, the interim champ will have to dig in real deep and figure out something to beat him.

Whether scoring a knockout or going for a 12-round rally, the ‘Takeover’ has remained extremely comfortable. He likes to fight in bursts and has every weapon in his arsenal to beat any opponent. Despite that, his bout with Garcia can be highly challenging, given the 22-year-old’s exuberant skills.

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Out of all the three, who would you like to see Garcia go up next against? Which matchup excites you the most?

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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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