Via Mark Eisner: Ryan Garcia will compete tonight in his return to the ring against Emmanuel Tagoe in the 139lb . weightlifting bout live on DAZN at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The two are making headlines on DAZN tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET in a contest that is expected to feature a lot of fireworks.
24h Boxing News will give the live results of the Garcia – Tagoe duel below.
- In a surprising result, the middle class cruiser Paul Valenzuela (27-11, 17 KOs) defeated former junior WBO middleweight champion Patrick Teixeira (31-3, 22 KOs) by being eliminated in the second round. Referee James Green sent off Teixeira for hitting Valenzuela with several rabbit punches in the second half. Valenzuela was too badly injured to continue, leaving the referee with no choice but to send off 31-year-old Brazilian Teixeira. It was disappointing for Teixeira to lose the match this way as he was beaten in the final matchup against Brian Castano by a 12th half unanimous decision last February. Teixeira lost the 154-lb WBO title in that competition. With this loss, Teixeira still has a lot of work to do to be able to return after that.
- Feather class Katsuma Akitsugi (9-0, 1 KOs) defeated Gregory Morales (13-1, 8 KOs) by unanimous decision of 8 rounds. The scores were 78-74, 78-74 and 80-72. Akitsugi got past the restrained Morales, hit him with shots and easily dodged his attempt to tackle. The fight turned out to be an unfortunate mismatch, as Akitsugi had too much talent compared to Morales.
- Heavyweight Tristan Kalkreuth (9-1, 7 KO) the journeyman is destroyed Santander Silgado (30-12, 24 KOs) with a 2nd round knockout. Kalkreuth heavy-handedly defeated Silgado with a javelin-like right hand. The 36-year-old Silgado player has now lost the last 4 matches.
- Potential customers for outstanding light weight George Rincon (13-0.7 KO) win a game but there is a limit Alejandro Frias (13-6-2, 6 KOs) to win the 10th round unanimously. The scores are 96-91, 96-91 and 98-89. It was a grueling fight for Rincon, but he got the job done against the journeyman Frias. Rincon needed to raise a level because it was too easy for him with the opposition he was constantly up against.
- Feather-class prospects Santos Ortega (7-0.3 KO) crushed journeyman Jesus Martinez (30-16-1, 15 KOs) by second round knockout. In the second half, Ortiz launched dangerous shots that caused the referee to pause the competition content. Overtime is at 2:15 of the second half.
- Super bantamweight prospects Hector Valdez Jr. (15-0.8 KO) uses his superior boxing skills to defeat Daniel Moncada (15-6-2, 5 KOs) by unanimous decision eight rounds. The scores were 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73. Valdez knocked out Moncada in the fifth round and got his way with the superior laner.
23-year-old Ryan Garcia has been off the field since his game against Luke Campbell last January. The popular Golden Boy star wanted to make a comeback late last year against Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr, but a wrist injury thwarted the fight.
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It’s important that undefeated lightweight opponent Ryan (21-0, 18 KOs) looks good in his attempt to win tonight over Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs).
Ryan is being positioned to face off against 135lb WBA champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis or winner George Kambosos Jr. with. Devin Haney.
Ryan Garcia with a huge power advantage
“I think we got a sensational performance from Ryan Garcia in San Antonio because obviously, you know the legendary Joe Goosen, I think this is the perfect partnership,” Ray Flores told. Boxing Abrams.
“I think we got a spectacular performance from Ryan Garcia. Tagoe, he’s just a basic fighter. I think he’s got an incredible record, and I see him as a guy who will come forward and try to squeeze Ryan Garcia.
“I think Ryan Garcia will wipe him out. You can’t prepare for the speed or power of Ryan Garcia, and then you have the wisdom of Joe Goosen to be able to program Ryan Garcia.
“If Ryan Garcia is going to lose a battle while he is getting ready for a title shot, it will be his last. [against Luke Campbell] in which he was knocked down in the first round [second]. Then he came back and the response was very good.
“I think Joe Goosen is the type of person who focuses on your strengths and tries to work on your weaknesses. That’s what he’s going to do with Ryan Garcia.
“This game, I’ll tell you, I don’t see it extending past the seventh inning. I think Ryan Garcia is going to erase Tagoe, and that’s a word I don’t use often. Yeah, the first half of the fight because I think Ryan Garcia is taller than Tagoe by head and shoulders,” Flores said.
Goosen has laser focus King Ry
“I think Joe Goosen has him so sharp, so focused on the laser that it’s almost like the Roy Jones song, ‘You must have forgotten’,” said Flores. “Ryan Garcia has not been in the game since January of last year, so fans need to be reminded why there is so much buzz and excitement behind Ryan Garcia.
“He has that chance on Saturday, and I think he will. It’s the fight the world wants to see,” Flores said of the match between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta ‘The Tank’ Davis. “Mayweather Promotions tried to do that fight last January with Ryan Garcia but couldn’t do it for some reason.
“Ryan Garcia has taken a leave of absence and is back in focus and healthy again. Now with their schedule arrangement, look at this.
In fact, Ryan will fight on April 9, and Tank will fight almost a month and a half later [on May 28th against Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero]. You can do scheduled work together.
“So I’m hopeful and optimistic that we have the next game, assuming Davis beats Romero and Garcia beats Tagoe,” Flores said.
Max Kellerman said: “You have a big, tough, agile Ryan Garcia going up against a shorter guy who’s going to need to try to get inside with that strength, that’s the danger zone for a guy. The pressure boxer tries to get inside. on Max On Boxing on what Gervonta Davis will be up against tonight in the face of knockout artist Ryan Garcia.
“To me, it seemed like Ryan Garcia would have a real chance, and I hear that from people, but I don’t hear them say, ‘I want Ryan Garcia to win that match.’
Mike Coppinger said: “I think Ryan Garcia beat Tank Davis, I think Ryan is underrated because he’s a social media star, with looks and everything.
“I think he is very underrated, he is a great counter-attacker with extremely fast hands and great power. Gervonta Davis, I think he’s an excellent fighter, but he picked a lot of the smaller guys. We don’t quite know what he has.
“He didn’t beat an elite boxer in his weight class [lightweight] and I think Ryan Garcia suits the Davis Tank very well. At the very least, I think it was a coin flip,” Coppinger said.
“That was the first time I heard someone say, ‘I like Ryan Garcia to win,’ Kellerman said. “I will tell you something else about that war [Tank vs. Ryan].
“It’s rare at this stage in the boys’ careers that no one gets a special win over an elite type of boxer, both guys bringing in real box office revenue. Both bring money to the game. Rarely do two offensive fighters bursting into action in that position go head-to-head at this point in their careers.
“So ‘I’m skeptical that we see,’ Ding-ding, first half with Garcia and Tank.”