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Ryan Garcia
Garcia in January 2021
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Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[2]
Reach70 in (178 cm)[2]
Born (1998-08-08) August 8, 1998 (age 24)
Victorville, California, U.S.
Boxing record[3]
Total fights23
Wins by KO19

Ryan Garcia (born August 8, 1998) is an American professional boxer who held the WBC interim lightweight title in 2021. As of May 2022, he is ranked as the world's sixth-best active lightweight by The Ring magazine,[4] the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[5] and ESPN,[6] and tenth by BoxRec.[7]

Amateur career[edit]

García started boxing at the age of seven. He became a 15-time national amateur champion and amassed an amateur record of 215–15.[8]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

Rising 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.[11] Garcia defeated Duno with a first-round knockout, capturing the WBC Silver lightweight title.[12]

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.[13] Garcia landed seven punches in the fight before landing a lead left hook which knocked out Fonseca in the first round.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16][17] 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.[18] 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%).[19] The fight was ultimately Campbell's last bout before his retirement.[20]

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.[21] However, on April 24, Garcia announced he had withdrawn from the bout, in order to "manage his health and well being".[22] 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.[23][24]

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.[25] On October 15, 2021, Mike Coppinger of ESPN revealed that García suffered a hand injury and the fight with Diaz will be postponed.[26]

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. [27]

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 3 knockdowns, and defeating Fortuna in 6 rounds via TKO.[28]

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.[29]

Although being 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.[30] 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.[31] He is now currently trained by Joe Goosen.[32]

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.[33] On some commercials, Garcia appears with NBA basketball star Damian Lillard.

Professional boxing record[edit]

23 fights 23 wins 0 losses
By knockout 19 0
By decision 4 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 Win 23–0 Javier Fortuna KO 6 (12), 0:27 Jul 16, 2022 Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 Emmanuel Tagoe UD 12 Apr 9, 2022 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
21 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
20 Win 20–0 Francisco Fonseca KO 1 (12), 1:20 Feb 14, 2020 Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S. Retained WBC Silver lightweight title
19 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
18 Win 18–0 Jose Lopez TKO 2 (10), 3:00 Mar 30, 2019 Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Braulio Rodriguez KO 5 (10), 1:14 Dec 15, 2018 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Carlos Morales MD 10 Sep 1, 2018 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Jayson Vélez UD 10 May 4, 2018 StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC-NABF, and WBONABO super featherweight titles
14 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
13 Win 13–0 Noe Martinez Raygoza TKO 8 (8), 1:45 Dec 16, 2017 Place Bell, Laval, Quebec, Canada
12 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
11 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
10 Win 10–0 Mario Macias KO 1 (4), 1:14 Jul 15, 2017 The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Tyrone Luckey TKO 2 (6), 2:20 May 6, 2017 T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Devon Jonnes KO 2 (6), 0:55 Feb 3, 2017 Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 José Antonio Martínez KO 2 (6), 2:00 Dec 17, 2016 The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Mario Aguirre RTD 2 (4), 3:00 Oct 14, 2016 Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Jonathan Cruz TKO 2 (4), 1:44 Aug 17, 2016 Exchange LA, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Cristian Jesus Cruz UD 4 Jul 27, 2016 Rancho Grande Bar, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Luis Lozano TKO 1 (4), 1:40 Jul 7, 2016 Rancho Grande Bar, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Hector García TKO 1 (4), 1:12 Jun 24, 2016 Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Edgar Meza TKO 1 (4), 1:34 Jun 9, 2016 Rancho Grande Bar, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico


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Óscar Valdez
NABF super featherweight champion
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September 15, 2017 – April 28, 2018
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WBC lightweight champion
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Won interim world title
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World boxing titles
Title last held by
Devin Haney
WBC lightweight interim champion
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