Via Matt Lieberman: Ryan Garcia could be at big risk in early 2022 in his fight against former lightweight world title challenger Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz.
There’s a lot of debate among boxing fans about whether undefeated 23-year-old Ryan (21-0, 18 KOs) is on the right track in the face of tough Pitbull Cruz about to be fired 14 to 16 month or not.
This is the type of fight that Ryan would have done better had he been more active, but things have stood in the way of the Golden Boy-promoted boxer getting back into action.
The last time Ryan fought was in January when he stopped Luke Campbell in the seventh round in the best performance of his career.
At issue is whether Ryan would be better off doing a few rhythm fights against Pitbull Cruz. The way Ryan has looked over the years, his fighting style has remained the same.
Pitbull Cruz will be very difficult
The Golden Boy couldn’t continue to fight him against the palmers the way they didn’t, especially when fighters his age like Devin Haney and Pitbull were facing good opposition. than.
“Ryan Garcia, the lightweight contender plans to return in the first quarter of next year, and said he wants to fight Isaac Cruz,” Chris Mannix told DAZN . boxing.
“He was last seen losing a close decision to Gervonta Davis. Is Cruz a suitable opponent for Ryan Garcia’s first hit back? “
“Without it it’s not. We’ve seen what ‘The Pitbull’ can do with ‘The Tank,'” Sergio Mora said when asked if Cruz would be the right opponent for King Ry.” He gave him everything he could take care of.
“He’s 5’4”, he’s strong and he’s a tough guy to deal with, especially on your first hit. So no, I don’t think Ryan Garcia should fight Pitbull.
“I think he should fight someone like Jojo Diaz, whom he is supposed to go back and fight. He is a famous boxer in LA. Jojo isn’t a big boxer, he’s made a name for himself and he’s just lost to old champs.
“Ryan Garcia does not have a former champion on his resume. It makes perfect sense. Jojo Diaz is your man”.
“I would also like to see Jojo Diaz against Garcia, but not necessarily Garcia’s first fight in 15 in 16 months,” Mannix said of his view that Ryan Garcia versus Jojo is going to be 12. is a BAD idea. + month off work.
“This is a guy who, in addition to facing mental health issues mid-year, has to deal with a serious hand injury that required surgery,” Mannix said of Ryan. had to face in 2021.
Should Golden Boy keep Ryan?
If the Golden Boy holds Ryan back by not letting him fight Isaac Cruz, they’re delaying a risk he’s going to have to take anyway.
“I’m not sure if I’m the Golden Boy or if I’m in Garcia’s inner circle, watch Garcia take on a stubborn guy like Isaac Cruz or a guy as stubborn as Jojo Diaz in a head-to-head fight. my first. .
“If Ryan Garcia really has his eyes on fighting three times in 2022, that’s what everyone around me is telling me, then I’m fine with him winning something a little easier the next time. hit back first.
“Find an opponent who is likely to be knocked down at some point in the fight against the one who can put Garcia far behind. No to Cruz, no to [Gervonta] Davis. I’m not sure who I’m talking about at this point,” Mannix said.
“That’s what I’m asking. Who are you talking about?” Mora said, “Of all people, you are the one who doesn’t want to fight.
“I absolutely want to fight well, but Sergio. You’re a warrior, you know. If you’ve been through what Ryan Garcia went through, do you necessarily want to jump into a highly competitive fight on your first hit back? ”
“No, but Ryan Garcia talks a lot and Tweets a lot,” Mora said. “He called out the big names, and chased after these fighters. He calls Tank, he calls Devin Haney, and he calls all the big dogs.
“I understand that people need to keep him, and it’s up to the promoter to keep him. But hey, when you’re talking that much and you can back it up. He backed it up with Luke Campbell and consecutive knockouts.
“Back on the big stage with someone who is not a name but a formidable name. He needs a former champion on his resume, that’s for sure. ”
Did Ryan Garcia make a mistake?
“Yes, he needs a former champion on his record, but not now,” Ryan Garcia’s Mannix said. “I don’t think now is the time. Now is the time to get him back on track and regain his confidence.
“The last time we talked about Ryan Garcia was when Canelo said he needs to work harder in the gym. I just don’t think March or April is the time for Ryan to go up against one of the guys who will send him through hell in that fight.
“I am not saying avoid them. I’m saying fight two of them in 2022, but don’t do it in your first fight,” Mannix said.
Mora said: “Oh how times have changed. “First I support a fighter and now you support a fighter and trauma. I’m too clumsy.”
If Ryan Garcia succeeds against Pitbull Cruz, he and his supporters at Golden Boy Promotions will be like geniuses to join this fight.
For Ryan to earn the respect of boxing fans, he needs to do something special and fighting Pitbull could be the fight he needs.
There’s no doubt that many have given up on 23-year-old Ryan due to him pulling out of two games in 2021, as well as his inability to pass after calling Gervonta Davis and saying he would fight Manny Pacquiao.