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Great Punch, Glass Chin: Michel Rivera outlines the strength and weakness of Ryan García

WBC interim lightweight champion of the world Ryan García has found an admirer as well as a critic both in Michel Rivera, the undefeated lightweight prodigy who points out one strong and weak point of “KingRy”.

After breaking his 11-month long hiatus against Luke Campbell in early January, Ryan García has been vocal about his next matchup. From challenging Gervonta Davis to a ‘2-round’ victory to addressing a faceoff against Manny Pacquiao as the ‘dream’, García oozes confidence about his future.

Meanwhile, Michel “La Zarza” Rivera (19-0) has made two bold claims, picking one strong aspect and also a weak one out of García’s 7 round TKO victory against Campbell.

Although it was a victory for García, the 22-year-old was knocked down via a nasty left hook by the British pugilist in the 2nd round of the fight that took place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Ryan García showed his weakness when he went down: Michel Rivera analyses the Luke Campbell fight

Ryan García
Although he ultimately won the fight, Ryan García hit the canvas against Luke Campbell in the 2nd round. (Image Courtesy: Sky Sports)

Speaking to about the match, Michel Rivera pointed out how Campbell, although not known for having good striking abilities, was able to floor García, who relied on his knockout abilities to clinch a victory.

“Ryan showed that he has good power but that he has a chin made of glass,” Rivera said, “he didn’t show very much punch resistance against a fighter like Luke Campbell who isn’t a strong puncher but was still sent him to the canvas.”

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“Ryan showed that power is one of his strongest attributes with his knockout and also showed one of his weaknesses when he went down,” the Dominican Republic boxer added.

Rivera, who is also 22 years of age, was last seen in action Ladarius “Memphis” Miller on the undercard of Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz bout on Halloween and won the match via unanimous decision. He is currently training in Las Vegas and is preparing for a Showtime card on 6th March.

Although he has opined on Ryan García, a fight with the interim titleholder may not come to fruition anytime soon for Rivera.

All that being said, the Dominican wants to take his time on rising up the lightweight ladder and gradually earn himself a title fight.

“I am just waiting for a chance to fight any of the world champions. I will be ready when the opportunity presents itself,” Rivera acknowledged.


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