This Saturday Ryan “The Flash” Garcia (18-0, 15KOs) AKA the flash, will take on Romero “Ruthless” Duno (21-1, 16KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This bout is the co-main event to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35KOs) vs Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29KOs). Garcia recently turned 21 and using his speed to keep him in the fast lane of boxing. The young star has a mass of followers on social media and his last bout in March against Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (20-4-1, 14KOs) ended in just the second round. He also became a father and began an entire new journey in life. But the rest of 2019 had been quite the roller coaster for Garcia.
The trouble began with his manager filing for an arbitration hearing and continued with tampering charges after talks with Floyd Mayweather. A fight was also cancelled during weigh-in due to his opponent being arrested on gun charges. What could have been the final straw was a dispute with his promoter Golden Boy and Oscar De La Hoya, on how his career was moving forward. In the long run, everything worked out for Garcia as he signed a new multi-year contract with Golden Boy in September.
Garcia is the heavy favorite going into Saturday night as he is the larger fighter and possesses a better toolkit. His fight with Duno was projected as a replacement back in September but the two could not agree to terms. Duno poses as Garcia’s toughest test to date. However, Garcia is looking to prove his doubters wrong and showcase his talents. Garcia even sparred with Canelo this camp to work on his technique, fakes, counters, and even got a compliment from the champ on his power given his size. Garcia plans to work early and often to keep the workhorse Duno off him. The flash will also need to use his movement and blinding speed to get this done early. He cannot overlook Duno and must fight smart to take him down.
Romero Duno on the other hand is a warrior with a granite chin, albeit most say he also hasn’t been tested by his opponents. What he lacks in talent he makes up for with pressure, punching power, and durability. Duno has kept busy in the ring this year and is ready to make the next step. Camp has been very grueling for Duno and he had built up not only his strength but also his conditioning. The moment is there for the taking, if he can make it past King Ryan Garcia.
This will be a great gauge for both young fighters. Garcia can use his speed and size to keep Duno at a distance. On the other hand, Duno will try to pressure Garcia, take shots and get inside when at all possible. Although this is a tough test for Garcia, I still see him winning. Duno will tire late from all the pressure and shots he’s taken. MY FINAL PREDICTION: RYAN GARCIA BY LATE KO.