Ryan Garcia will be making his return on the 18th of November, according to promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
Although Garcia and De La Hoya have not smoothed over their rough edges as many believed, the promoter and boss of Golden Boy Promotions recently revealed when the Mexican-American’s next fight will be.
“We’re currently working on a venue, but California taxes are killing us,” De La Hoya told Fight Hub TV. “It depends on the opponent and on what Ryan wants. We’ll be talking to him shortly, but we’re gunning for November 18th, live on DAZN. Hopefully, it’ll be in LA, but we don’t know.”
“Not yet. I can’t really say anybody, or they add another zero behind the negotiations,” said De La Hoya went on about picking an opponent for Garcia. “We’ll get a top guy. Look, Ryan is coming off a knockout loss. So me as a promoter, we have to make sure what’s best for his career, and match him up correctly and bring him back, and then go after the big gun.” [H/T Boxing News 24]
Garcia (23–1, 19 KOs) is coming off a 7th-round knockout loss to Gervonta Davis on April 22nd in Las Vegas, which was the biggest fight of the year so far, at least from a commercial point of view. Even though many fans had very high expectations from him, Garcia’s performance against “TanK” left a lot to be desired.
In the second round, Garcia met the canvas for the first time, something that set off alarm bells in his corner. However, despite his efforts, Ryan ended up being knocked out in the seventh round after receiving a hard hook to the liver.
However, after 5 months of suffering his first defeat as a professional, the California-born boxer is ready to be back in action in about two months with De La Hoya.
Since the loss to Davis, the 25-year-old star has ditched longtime coach Joe Goossen in favour of Derrick James and has also had other disagreements with De La Hoya and Golden Boy.
It is very unlikely that this will be some huge fight and not nearly to the level of Garcia vs. Davis, given the short time frame and the fact that no opponent has been confirmed yet. However, one thing is for sure, Garcia will remain in the super lightweight category.