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Ryan Garcia Next Fight: Who is next for ‘King Ry’ after beating Tagoe?

Jason Burgos

A new round of Ryan Garcia next fight rumors should be coming very soon, following his triumphant return over Emmanuel Tagoe in April. As one of the brightest young stars in all of boxing, “King Ry” has limitless options for the next installment of his boxing journey. And some of those possibilities could include elite competition in the lightweight division.

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Who will Ryan Garcia’s next fight be against?

On April 9, Garcia returned to the boxing ring after more than a year away and got right back to his winning ways. There is no doubt his fans and the industry want a quicker turnaround for the 23-year-olds follow-up fight. When he does get back to action in the next few months, the most likely opponents will be fellow 135-pound stars Gervonta Davis, George Kambosos, Jr., or Teofimo Lopez, Jr.

  • Tank: Davis has to beat Rolando Romero in May first (he will), but Davis vs Garcia is a booking that the Mexican-American has wanted for some time. It would be a clash of two undefeated fighters who are the future of the division. It’s a matchup that fans want now instead of down the road.
  • The lightweight king: A common belief was a win over Tagoe would lay the groundwork for a fight with Kambosos, Jr next. With the first part of that equation complete, the question is can a contract with the multi belt holder and the man with all the leverage get done? Now may just be a perfect time.
  • The Takeover: If a booking can’t be made with Davis or Kambosos, Jr., a fight with former champion Lopez, Jr. make a lot of sense. His stock is slightly down after losing to Kambosos, Jr. in November, but he still remains a weight class elite, and he and his father/trainer would surely build this up to be one of the biggest of the year.

Ryan Garcia vs Emmanuel Tagoe fight recap

While “King Ry” didn’t get the knockout finish those in attendance at the Alamo Dome hoped for, he still put on a show in a dominant 12 round win over the 10 years older Tagoe. It was a one-sided showcase of his great talent as he led all night and finished with a 119-108, 119-108, and 118-109 win on the judge’s scorecards.

What happened: The Ghana native had very little to offer Garcia on April 9 and instead chose to shell up and defend as he avoided being his opponent’s 19th KO victim. Garcia scored a knockdown on Tagoe in the second and nearly got him out of there in the 10th, however, the 34-fight veteran showed his experience and played KO-keep away for the majority of their bout.

The fallout: This booking was essentially a tune-up scrap for Garcia as he returned to the fight game after 13-months away and a serious battle with depression. Sure, he didn’t get the finish but he looked on point in every other way. Garcia is back and the lightweight division is on notice.

The roadmap ahead: After 22-fights it is time for Garcia to test himself against some of the best the division has to offer. Be it Davis, Lopez, Jr., Kambosos, Jr., or even Vasiliy Lomachenko, he needs to show his place amongst the other greats of the weight class next.

Ryan Garcia Next Fight
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Ryan Garcia is one of the brightest rising stars in the fight industry. At just 23, he offers up a babyface exterior that hides a cold and calculated fighting machine. While some doubted his true legitimacy as a blue-chip prospect in the sport, in Ryan Garcia’s last fight his destruction of Campbell sent a message to the industry: He is the real deal.

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  • Ryan Garcia record: 22-0 (18 knockouts)
  • How old is Ryan Garcia: 23
  • Garcia began his prizefighting career with a first-round TKO as an 18-year-old.
  • Aside from a decision win in his fourth pro fight, Garcia earned stoppage victories in his first 14 bouts, including a KO win over 49 fight veteran Mario Antonio Macias in 2017.
  • Garcia has scored KO wins over talented veteran fighters like Campbell, Francisco Fonseca, and Romero Duno.
  • What makes “King Ry” a special talent is his outstanding hand speed and the fact that he has legit power in both hands.
  • For a time, Garcia was playing the role of the pupil to boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez. Since both once had the same trainer. However, after switching coaches the two have reportedly had a falling out.
  • The Ryan Garcia “body shot challenge” has led to some hilarious videos on YouTube as athletes of different sizes try to take a gut punch, with padding on, from the talented pugilist.

Ryan Garcia net worth

Money earned is often one of the greatest measuring sticks for a fighter’s success. After 21 pro bouts, Ryan Garcia’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million.