Ryan Garcia (born August 8, 1998) is an American professional boxer. He held the WBC interim lightweight title in 2021. As of May 2023, he is ranked as the world's fourth-best active lightweight by The Ring magazine, seventh-best by BoxRec, eighth-best by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and the sixth-best active junior welterweight by ESPN.
|Born||August 8, 1998|
Los Alamitos, California, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 8+1⁄2 in (174 cm)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Wins by KO||20|
Amateur career edit
García started boxing at the age of seven and dreamed of one day representing the United States in the 2016 Olympics. He became a 15-time national amateur champion and amassed an amateur record of 215–15.
Professional career edit
Early career edit
Garcia turned professional at age 17 on June 9, 2016. In his first professional bout, he fought against Edgar Meza in Tijuana, winning the match by TKO. Garcia soon signed with Golden Boy Promotions in November 2016. Oscar De La Hoya announced Garcia would make his debut on December 17, 2016, on the Smith-Hopkins light-heavyweight main event at The Forum. Garcia won the fight by knockout in the second round.
In September 2019, Garcia extended his contract with a new five-year deal with Golden Boy Promotions. Specific details of the multi-year deal were not disclosed. Garcia had a cancelled fight with Avery Sparrow.
Rise up the ranks edit
Garcia vs. Duno edit
Golden Boy announced Garcia's next bout would be the co-main event of Canelo Álvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. On September 18, 2019 Romero Duno was announced as Garcia's next opponent. Garcia defeated Duno with a first-round knockout, capturing the WBC Silver lightweight title.
Garcia vs. Fonseca edit
On January 2, 2020, Golden Boy announced Garcia would be facing Francisco Fonseca on February 14 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Garcia landed seven punches in the fight before landing a lead left hook which knocked out Fonseca in the first round.
WBC interim lightweight champion edit
Garcia vs. Campbell edit
On October 8, it was announced Garcia would be facing Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell for the interim WBC lightweight title at Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California. The fight was originally scheduled for December 5, 2020, but was pushed back to January 2, 2021, due to Campbell contracting Covid-19. The venue was also changed to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. In round 2 of his fight with Campbell, Garcia was knocked down for the first time in his professional career. He had survived the knockdown, as he got up shortly after hitting the canvas. Later on in the fight, in round 7, Garcia hit Luke Campbell with a fight-ending body shot. CompuBox statistics show Garcia outlanded Campbell 94 to 74 (32%) in total punches, and 77 to 51 (44%) in power punches, with Campbell outlanding Garcia in jabs 23 to 17 (15%). The fight was ultimately Campbell's last bout before his retirement.
Cancelled bouts vs. Fortuna and Diaz edit
On April 13, 2021, it was announced by DAZN that Garcia would defend his newly won WBC interim lightweight title against Dominican former WBA (Regular) super featherweight champion, Javier Fortuna. The bout was set for July 9 in a location to be determined, and the winner would become the mandatory challenger to WBC lightweight champion, Devin Haney. However, on April 24, Garcia announced he had withdrawn from the bout, in order to "manage his health and well being". Former IBF super featherweight champion Joseph Diaz agreed to move up to lightweight to fill in for Garcia, and fight Fortuna on July 9. Garcia was subsequently stripped of his newly crowned WBC interim lightweight title, with the title being on the line for Diaz and Fortuna instead.
On October 8, 2021, it was announced that Garcia would be challenging Joseph Diaz in Los Angeles on November 27 for his WBC interim lightweight title following Díaz's victory over Fortuna, the same title Garcia had held after beating Luke Campbell and was subsequently stripped of earlier in 2021. On October 15, 2021, Mike Coppinger of ESPN revealed that García suffered a hand injury and the fight with Diaz will be postponed.
Garcia vs. Tagoe edit
On February 4, 2022, it was announced that Garcia would be returning to the ring after a long spell of inactivity against former IBO lightweight champion Emmanuel Tagoe on April 9. He easily dominated Tagoe and scored a knockdown in Round 2, winning a unanimous decision with the scores of 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109.
Light welterweight edit
Garcia vs. Fortuna edit
On July 16, 2022, Garcia faced Javier Fortuna in a super lightweight bout in Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. Garcia dominated the fight scoring knockdowns in rounds four, five and six, with the referee stopping the fight after the third knockdown. All the judges had scored the fight identically 50–43 prior to the stoppage, giving Garcia every round. Garcia received praise for his performance, which was described as being an improvement over his performance against Tagoe.
Return to catchweight edit
Garcia vs. Davis edit
On February 24, 2023, it was announced that Garcia would face Gervonta Davis on April 22, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a 136 lbs catchweight contest.  The long awaited bout was a joint PPV event between Showtime and DAZN. Davis knocked down Garcia in the second round and then also in the seventh round from a body shot. Garcia was unable to rise on the referee's count of ten, leading to Gervonta Davis being declared winner via KO. Following the fight, Garcia was criticized by some boxing figures for not rising in the seventh round. In an appearance on Max on Boxing, Timothy Bradley said that Garcia "quit," stating: "Listen to me. If you can get up at 11, why can’t you get up at 9? If you can look up, you can get up, Max, and he chose not to." Promoter Eddie Hearn stated, "you can’t say that he didn’t quit. But I don’t blame him for doing it, like most people in that position would’ve done that. But quitting is deciding not to continue and he decided not to continue." This was Garcia's first loss as a professional.
Garcia vs. Duarte edit
Garcia faced Oscar Duarte at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The fight took place on December 2, 2023. Garcia won the fight by KO in the 8th round after landing a combination late in the round rendering Duarte unable to beat the count of the referee.
Personal life edit
Garcia comes from a large family. His parents were actively involved in his amateur career. They continue to assist him with his professional career as his father remains one of his trainers and his mother works as his Personal Administrative Assistant for commercial projects. In March 2019, Garcia's daughter was born.
Although American by birth and nationality, Garcia often incorporates his Mexican heritage into his persona. He often carries both the U.S. and Mexican flags into the ring and frequently wears red, white, and blue colors. He was trained by Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Canelo Álvarez and Óscar Valdez at their gym in San Diego, California, from October 2018 to February 2022. He is now trained by Derrick James.
Television commercials edit
During 2021, Garcia signed a deal with sports drink Gatorade to appear on television commercials advertising the brand, thus becoming the first American boxer ever to appear on a Gatorade campaign. On some commercials, Garcia appears with NBA basketball star Damian Lillard.
Professional boxing record edit
|25 fights||24 wins||1 loss|
|Win||24–1||Oscar Duarte||KO||8 (12), 2:51||Dec 2, 2023||
Toyota Center, Houston Texas, U.S.
|Loss||23–1||Gervonta Davis||KO||7 (12), 1:44||Apr 22, 2023||T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|Win||23–0||Javier Fortuna||KO||6 (12), 0:27||Jul 16, 2022||Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Win||22–0||Emmanuel Tagoe||UD||12||Apr 9, 2022||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|Win||21–0||Luke Campbell||TKO||7 (12), 1:58||Jan 2, 2021||American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, U.S.||
Won vacant WBC interim lightweight title
|Win||20–0||Francisco Fonseca||KO||1 (12), 1:20||Feb 14, 2020||Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.||Retained WBC Silver lightweight title|
|Win||19–0||Romero Duno||KO||1 (12), 1:38||Nov 2, 2019||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBO–NABO, and vacant WBC Silver lightweight title|
|Win||18–0||Jose Lopez||RTD||2 (10), 3:00||Mar 30, 2019||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|Win||17–0||Braulio Rodriguez||KO||5 (10), 1:14||Dec 15, 2018||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Win||16–0||Carlos Morales||MD||10||Sep 1, 2018||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|Win||15–0||Jayson Vélez||UD||10||May 4, 2018||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBC-NABF, and WBO–NABO super featherweight titles|
|Win||14–0||Fernando Vargas Parra||KO||1 (10), 2:55||Mar 22, 2018||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, U.S.||Retained WBC-NABF Junior super featherweight title|
|Win||13–0||Noe Martinez Raygoza||TKO||8 (8), 1:45||Dec 16, 2017||Place Bell, Laval, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||12–0||Cesar Alan Valenzuela||TKO||3 (8), 2:59||Nov 2, 2017||Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.||Retained WBC-NABF Junior super featherweight title|
|Win||11–0||Miguel Carrizoza||KO||1 (8), 0:30||Sep 15, 2017||MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBC-NABF Junior super featherweight title|
|Win||10–0||Mario Macias||KO||1 (4), 1:14||Jul 15, 2017||The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|Win||9–0||Tyrone Luckey||TKO||2 (6), 2:20||May 6, 2017||T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|Win||8–0||Devon Jonnes||KO||2 (6), 0:55||Feb 3, 2017||Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Win||7–0||José Antonio Martínez||KO||2 (6), 2:00||Dec 17, 2016||The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|Win||6–0||Mario Aguirre||RTD||2 (4), 3:00||Oct 14, 2016||Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, California, U.S.|
|Win||5–0||Jonathan Cruz||TKO||2 (4), 1:44||Aug 17, 2016||Exchange LA, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Win||4–0||Cristian Jesus Cruz||UD||4||Jul 27, 2016||Rancho Grande Bar, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||3–0||Luis Lozano||TKO||1 (4), 1:40||Jul 7, 2016||Rancho Grande Bar, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||2–0||Hector García||TKO||1 (4), 1:12||Jun 24, 2016||Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||1–0||Edgar Meza||TKO||1 (4), 2:55||Jun 9, 2016||Rancho Grande Bar, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
Pay-per-view bouts edit
|1||Davis vs. Garcia||1,200,000||Showtime/DAZN||$102,000,000|
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