Boxing fans, mark your calendars! The comeback story of the year is about to unfold as Ryan Garcia, the 140-pound contender, returns to the ring.
Following his electrifying but unfortunate seventh-round knockout loss to Gervonta Davis in April, Garcia is all set to step back into the spotlight. He's locked in to face the formidable Oscar Duarte of Mexico on December 2nd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and it's a fight that promises to set the boxing world alight.
Oscar Duarte, boasting an impressive record of 26-1-1 with a remarkable 21 knockouts, has been on a rampage, stopping all 11 of his opponents since a lone decision loss to Adrian Estrella in 2019. However, Duarte's mettle will be truly tested as he squares off against the 25-year-old knockout artist from Southern California.
One key element of intrigue in this matchup is Duarte's move up from the lightweight division to the 140-pound weight class. It's a significant challenge, but one that Duarte seems more than willing to take on.
As Oscar De La Hoya, Garcia's promoter, points out,
"Here you have a guy [Duarte] who’s coming off 11 KOs in a row. There’s a guy who’s a power puncher who’s going to come forward and make Ryan fight. It’s the proper fight after a knockout loss to Gervonta."
Garcia, a rising star in the boxing world, will also have the esteemed trainer Derrick James in his corner for the first time, adding another layer of intrigue to this comeback bout. But this fight isn't just about redemption for Ryan Garcia; it's a stepping stone to bigger things. De La Hoya reveals,
"We’re looking to do a major, major fight with Ryan, possibly around Super Bowl weekend. I would love to talk to Bob [Arum] to see what’s going on with him and Teofimo [Lopez], but there are other options as well."
Ryan Garcia is gearing up to show the world that he's not just getting up; he's coming back stronger and more determined than ever. December 2nd promises to be a night of boxing you won't want to miss, as Garcia aims to make his mark on the 140-pound division and pave the way for a spectacular future in the sport.