On the Canelo vs Kovalev undercard over the weekend, a top lightweight fighter took center stage on the co-feature. That fighter was Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (19-0, 16 KO’s) of Los Angeles, California. Garcia was an outstanding amateur and has been boxing professionally for three years now. The 21 year old was also voted ESPN’s Prospect of the Year for 2017. So far he has done well in his fights. He has shown power and speed. Also Garcia is tall at 5’10” for the lightweight division.
Over the weekend, Garcia faced off with his toughest challenge up to date against Romero Duno (21-2, 16 KO’s) of the Philippines. Well that was on paper at least. In the 1st round, Duno came out charging towards Garcia swinging hard shots. Garcia kept his distance and then started to land his own punches. Garcia threw a right hand through the guard of Duno and then followed it up with a left hook that dropped Duno. Duno could not continue and the fight was called off in the 1st round. At first it didn’t seem like a punch landed, but after reviewing the replay, Garcia hit the temple of Duno. So Garcia did what he was supposed to and looked spectacular in the fight.
So now the question is: Is Garcia all hype or the real deal?
So far Garcia has looked good and promising but as of now I would say he is a little overhyped. The reason being is because there is a lot of attention on him but he has not proved anything as of yet. Listening to the commentators, you would think he is one of the best fighters pound for pound. Then again it’s the commentator’s job to hype him up. Also some boxing fans dislike him because he is arrogant. Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez are also undefeated in the same weight class and have done way more than Garcia thus far.
Bottom line: It’s too early to tell where Ryan Garcia stands. If Garcia stays more humble and keeps winning by defeating better competition, then we can start talking about how good he is. The question is, will Golden Boy Promotions take the risk of matching him against tougher opponents? We shall see.