On December 2, Ryan Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs) returned to winning ways against Oscar Duarte (26-2-1, 21 KOs) at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas – via an eighth-round knockout. This was Garcias first fight since his defeat against Gervonta “Tank” Davis. “King Ry” had a difficult build-up to the fight, with his feud with Golden Boy Promotions once again brought into the spotlight. Despite the less-than-ideal build-up, Garcia will be delighted to become the first fighter to stop Duarte. After this victory, attention now turns to what comes next for “King Ry?”

The Future for Ryan Garcia

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Recap of Garcia vs. Duarte

Garcia decided to fight on the outside throughout, allowing Duarte to follow him around the ring. The American controlled the distance well – but was caught occasionally by his opponent throwing power shots. “King Ry” showed his superior speed from the first bell, enabling him – to constantly land.

The Mexican-born fighter closed the distance well during the middle rounds, but Garcia rarely looked troubled. The eighth round was at the midway point, when “King Ry” hurt Duarte and followed up with a barrage of punches, forcing his opponent to the canvas. According to the referee, Duarte did not beat the count, awarding the Los Angeles resident the victory.

Shakur Stevenson

After the fight, Garcia blasted Shakur Stevenson (21-0, 10 KOs): “I want to fight him.” He continued: “I will beat his ass. I promise you that.” A fight between these two would attract plenty of interest despite the low-action win by Stevenson over Edwin De Los Santos.

Despite his underwhelming recent win, the New Jersey-born fighter has an impressive boxing IQ, often controlling the distance superbly throughout his fights. He is adept at putting together eye-catching, sharp combinations. Garcia will have to be on his guard defensively, as Stevenson has shown he is superb at punching from various angles.

Garcia has power in both hands – and will seemingly give Stevenson plenty to think about. A match-up between these two would be a fascinating contest, with plenty of speed and power on display.

Rolando Romero

“King Ry” also called out Rolando Romero (15-1, 13 KOs) as a potential future opponent after the fight, describing him as “an aggressive, crazy dude.” 

Romero possesses power, as shown by his 13 KOs, but he’s also awkward in the ring, constantly switching styles. He is accurate with his punches, meaning Garcia will need to control the distance well throughout to negate the power of the Las Vegas native.

He is tough and resilient, as seen against “Tank,” despite the stoppage defeat. He will ensure Garcia – will need to be switched on and focused throughout the fight.

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