Golden Boy Promotions’ Matchmaker Reveals Ryan Garcia’s Failed Plan to Conquer the Lightweight Division

Published 05/25/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
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 ranks among the biggest hotshots of the lightweight division. In his short yet sublime boxing run, the internet sensation has overpowered many rugged opponents, yet he’s a long way from getting his hands on a title fight.

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Putting some light on the same, Golden Boy Promotions’ matchmaker, Roberto Diaz spoke to FightHype. He said, “He has his goals are set high. He wants to fight the best.

“He said it before the Luke Campbell (fight), said I’m gonna fight Duno and then I’m gonna fight Luke Campbell. And then I’m gonna fight Gervonti. He lined it up, a long time ago.

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“Obviously, COVID came and changed everything but he fought Duno, he fought Campbell. He wanted to fight Davis, I mean, so it’s been lining up.”

‘KingRy’, in his last fight, went toe to toe against Luke Campbell. This was the toughest test for Garcia and in this bout, he even went down on the canvas for the very first time.

However, he displayed a champion’s mindset and gained a vertical base. Post that, he fought like a lionheart and ended up on the winning vertical by scoring a ferocious T/KO. This was predominantly his biggest career win that eventually helped him fetch the WBC interim lightweight title.

With that, Garcia even aligned himself for a title shot against the champ Devin Haney. But due to some uncertainties, the bout between the two couldn’t reach fruition.

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‘KingRy’s long-time dream is to fight for the world title and simultaneously add it to his resume. But for now, the champ is lined up to face Jorge Linares for his title defense this weekend.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: Referee Tony Weeks sends Ryan Garcia to a neutral corner after he knocked down Romero Duno in the first round of 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)

Considering this scenario, Garcia will have to wait until Haney gets past Linares next. Once ‘The Dream’ gets past Linares this weekend, needless to say, fans will only look forward to seeing Garcia and Haney duke it out.

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It’ll be interesting to see how things shape up for this pair in the coming few days. What do you derive from Roberto Diaz’s comments? Do you think Garcia can beat Devin Haney?

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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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