WBC Orders Ryan Garcia vs Joseph Diaz’s Fight for the WBC Interim Lightweight Title

Published 09/21/2021, 2:19 AM EDT
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)


After much speculation, the WBC has finally ordered the WBC interim champ, Joseph Diaz, to face the upcoming icon, Ryan Garcia. The latter was in contention to make a comeback, but he was in search of a rugged opponent, and also a fight that would help him land a title shot.

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That said, Garcia couldn’t have asked for a better name in the 135-pound roster than Diaz. Also, this contest will give the internet star an opportunity to reclaim his interim strap, which he won earlier this year.

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Garcia took only fight in 2021 and that was against Luke Campbell for the WBC lightweight interim title. He put on a sensational performance in that bout, but went out of the sport.

As a result, because of inactivity, he got stripped. Hence, now, the only way he can reclaim his throne is by beating ‘Jo Jo’.

‘King Ry’ is a prime fighting prodigy, and he has certainly tested himself in deep waters against Campbell. The latter dropped Garcia with a ferocious left hook in round 2 of the fight. After that blow, many fans thought the young gun wouldn’t be able to come back in the contest.

However, the 23-year-old, who enjoys defying the odds, did just that in this fight. Showing a stern mindset, Garcia continued the fight, and finally, in round 7, he edged over his fellow adversary with a slick body shot.

Now, ‘King Ry’ will look to employ his best skills to get over the line against Diaz.

Ryan Garcia – An undeniable favorite against Joseph Diaz?

Ryan Garcia has proved his mettle to lure the hardcore fans of the sport. His skill sets make him stand apart from the rest and that’s what fans love about him.

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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)

With insane punching speed, illustrious power, and swift movements, Ryan Garcia will be an obvious favorite against ‘Jo Jo’.

Also, this fight will help him get straight on top for a title shot. That said, a win here is extremely important for the young gun. Hence, it’ll be interesting to see how he tackles Diaz.

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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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