Via Huck Allen: Ryan Garcia is making good progress on his return from hand surgery and he will be looking to return to the ring early next year to take on Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz.
If Garcia, 23, beats Cruz, it could open the door for a big fight with ‘regular’ WBA lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis in the second half of 2022.
It was a fight Ryan wanted to make earlier this year, but he was brushed aside with a potential fight against Manny Pacquiao that distracted him.
Tank Davis vs. Ryan Garcia could happen in 2022
Unfortunately, the fight against Pacquiao didn’t happen, resulting in Ryan missing the Tank Davis match he could have had this year.
It’s good that Ryan is still young and popular enough to fight Tank Davis in 2022, as long as Mayweather Promotions doesn’t decide to block the fight.
Facing Danger #2 IBF, #7 WBA, #9 WBO, #11 WBC ‘Pitbull’ Cruz (22-2-1, 15 KOs) is a Ryan Garcia’s courageous act because this guy almost beat Gervonta ‘The Tank’ Davis earlier this month on December 5th.
Ryan must win this bout with Pitbull Cruz if he is to challenge for a world title next year against Tanks or four-belt lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr.
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is calling Kambosos the undisputed lightweight champion, but Ryan probably wouldn’t mind if he lacked a title in that classification if he chose to go that route. that next year.
Fans would love to see Ryan go up against the Kambosos in his first match in 2022, but the Australian says he’d like to see him back in action before facing him.
Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz Next for Ryan Garcia
Meanwhile, if the Kambosos beat WBC 135-lb champion Devin Haney in early 2022, that would make him the undisputed champion at lightweight and make it a bigger fight for Ryan Garcia as he fights for those belts.
Ryan’s father, Henry Garcia, revealed the news on Sunday that he will face Isaac Cruz next. Here’s what Henry had to say on Instagram about Ryan facing Cruz in his next fight:
“There’s no reason to hate or spread lies that Ryan is fooling Cruz now, that’s not true. I repeat NOT TRUE. In fact, we will take that fight as our first comeback.
“You heard this from me, his father. Once Ryan fully recovers, he will come back stronger and accept the people they put in front of him.”