Ryan Garcia vs Joseph Diaz: Date and Location Finalized

Published 10/09/2021, 3:09 AM EDT


Ryan Garcia is finally returning to action against Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz for the WBC Interim lightweight title. He had won the strap back in January after vanquishing Luke Campbell via TKO. However, due to a long lay-off, Garcia was stripped of his belt, which Joseph Diaz later won by outclassing Javier Fortuna via UD in July.

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The young guns will now collide to leap for the world title shot next. The winner of Garcia vs. Diaz shall unify the belt against Devin Haney’s lightweight title. Thus, Diaz and Garcia are on the brink of entering the biggest phase of their career.

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Despite being the lesser experienced of the duo, Ryan Garcia, relying on his unbeaten streak, can look eye-to-eye with his southpaw opposition. The fight will take place on November 27, three weeks after Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant. Per reports, the fight will be held in Los Angeles. But the exact venue hasn’t been decided.

32-1-1 as a professional, Diaz is undoubtedly one of the best lightweight boxers of the time. He is not a below-average contender who will just stick to pad up Garcia’s records. The American southpaw can offer a tough challenge, especially after seeing Luke Campbell drop Ryan Garcia in early 2021.

Diaz, the former super featherweight champion, has been flawless at 135 lbs. And it can be alarming for Garcia. Meanwhile, ‘KingRy’ is an undefeated boxer with a 21-0 record, in which he has attained 18 KOs. So, Diaz cannot afford to overlook the elite puncher at any given point.

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Ryan Garcia vs Joseph Diaz – The 135 lbs slugfest

Garcia, an orthodox, will compete against a top-level southpaw next. ‘JoJo’ Diaz can comfortably go the distance, with Garcia being an early KO-artist. These contrasting features will allow both men to relish their chances in an in-ring scrap. However, securing a win will never be an undemanding task.

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As the fight is relevant in the current championship picture, Diaz and Garcia will unleash their best side. The lightweight division is stacked. Hence, the duo will only intensify the tale with their scheduled fight.

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Who do you envision winning and moving on to fight ‘The Dream’? Ryan Garcia or Joseph Diaz?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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