Ryan Garcia Profile
|Born||Aug 08, 1998|
|Division||Lightweight Limit: 135 Pounds|
|Professional Record||20-0 (17)|
Garcia is regarded as the most exciting prospect in world boxing. With his good looks, charm and aggressive style of fighting, he has been tipped to become the next De La Hoya.
Ryan Garcia is currently one of the highest regarded young prospects in world boxing. At 22, Garcia is one fight away from contending for a world title fight and is undefeated from 20 professional fights.
"Kingry", who has a huge social media presence, enjoyed a fantastic amateur career after first getting into boxing at seven years old. A 15-time national amateur champion, Garcia turned over with a record of 215-15.
Garcia was quickly snapped up by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and the latter predicted a bright future for Garcia, who was 18 at the time.
De La Hoya said: "His amateur pedigree is among the best I've ever seen; his skill set is far beyond his 18 years.
"I expect enormous things from Ryan and am excited to work with him as he embarks on a career that I'm sure will include multiple world championships."
He has progressed through a stacked lightweight division quickly and in just his 19th fight he became WBC silver lightweight champion. Garcia defeated Filipino boxer Romero Duno for the belt via a KO inside the opening two minutes of the fight.
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Garcia began the new year with a bang, knocking out Olympic champion Luke Campbell in round seven for the WBC interim world title.
It started with drama with Garcia tasting the canvas for the first time in his career in round two after Campbell landed a flush left hook to the jaw.
Despite a promising start by the Briton, Garcia rallied back and ended the round stronger. "Kingry" continued to demonstrate as to why the boxing fraternity expects big things as the fight went past the half-way stage and in round seven, a devastating body shot to Campbell ended proceedings in round seven.
Garcia, who had previously been in talks to fight welterweight legend Manny Pacquiao, is in a lightweight division which includes Vasiliy Lomachenko, amateur foe Devin Haney, Gervonta "Tank" Davis, Teofimo Lopez. The DAZN fighter is the mandatory challenger to Haney's WBC title.
Ryan Garcia memorable fights
Garcia's first few fights took place in Mexico before De La Hoya poached him. The prospect would make his debut under the Golden Boy banner in December 2016 and caught the attention of fans instantly with his aggressive style which knocked out Jonathan Cruz in the second round.
After his debut, he continued to fight regularly and picked up win after win inside the distance. In just his 11th fight, he won the vacant NABF junior title, by knocking out Miguel Carrizoza.
Four fights later, he won the vacant NABF and WBO NABO junior titles against Jayson Velez via unanimous decision.
By this time, his support was growing exponentially each time he stepped into the ring and in November 2019, he knocked out Romero Duno to win the WBO silver title, via an emphatic first-round knockout.
Garcia's latest fight was against former IBF junior lightweight challenger Francisco Fonseca in February 2020. The youngster needed only seven punches to get the victory, knocking out the Costa Rican with a lethal left hook.
With his looks, charisma and huge following on social media, Garcia is often compared to his promoter De La Hoya, who was a pay-per-view superstar in the 1990s and early 2000s and held multi-world titles in six weight classes.
How to watch Ryan Garcia
Garcia is a star attraction for Golden Boy, who exclusively broadcast all of their fights on streaming service DAZN. Despite a recent fallout, Garcia extended his deal with the promotion company in September 2019 for a further five years.
Golden Boy's partnership with DAZN will see Garcia fight on the platform in the United States, Canada, Spain, Germany and Italy. He will also feature on the subscription channel in the UK when DAZN officially launches there.
Their roster includes stablemate and Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, who Garcia looks up to as an older brother.
As it stands, you can watch Garcia in the UK through FITE.tv. Golden Boy streams all their live events through the online service.
To watch one of their boxing events, you would have to pay for a fight pass, which will grant you access to watch the whole fight card on the night.
Ryan Garcia and social media following
Given how inexperienced he still is as a boxer, it is remarkable to see how many fans Garcia has on social media.
Garcia truly is a modern-day sportsman who is astute to have realised the importance of having a strong social media presence in the sporting world today.
He has over seven million followers on Instagram, two million on TikTok and half-a-million subscribers on YouTube.
Speaking about his rise on the social media platforms, Garcia said: "I just keep fighting and keep winning, and my engagement keeps going higher.
"I'll hop on TikTok, shoot a video once in a while, and I'll get 3 million views and gain 500,000 followers and I'm out for like two weeks."
Garcia has formed a great friendship with Logan Paul who has over 20 million YouTube subscribers.
As well as appearing on the YouTubers podcast several times, Garcia hosted the warm-up show to Paul's rematch against KSI in 2019.
Ryan Garcia family
Ryan is one of four siblings who are the children of Henry and Lisa Garcia. He has three sisters, Demi Sasha and Kayla and brother Sean Garcia, who is also a professional boxer. The 19-year-old is unbeaten from his five professional fights so far, winning two of them inside the distance.
Ryan was born in America, though his routes truly preside in Mexico. He regularly walks out to the ring with both a U.S and Mexican flag, showing his love for both nations.
Garcia's parents played an active role in his development as a boxer. His father remains part of his training team to this day. In March 2019, Garcia and Catherine Gamez welcomed their daughter Rylie Garcia to the world.
Garcia is trained by world-class coach Eddy Reynoso, who is more commonly known to be Canelo's trainer. Unable to speak Spanish, Garcia's father acts as a translator between him and Reynoso.
Ryan Garcia News
- Mar 25, 2021