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Oscar Duarte Vows To Bring Best Version Of Himself To Ryan Garcia Clash

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Oscar Duarte Vows To Bring Best Version Of Himself To Ryan Garcia Clash

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Oscar Duarte Vows To Bring Best Version Of Himself To Ryan Garcia Clash

In a press conference that saw Ryan Garcia (23-1, 19 KOs) take aim at his handlers, Oscar Duarte (26-1-1, 21 KOs) claimed that victory will be his.

Both men will face each other in a super lightweight bout at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX, on Dec. 2. The card is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya‘s Golden Boy Promotions in association with Cancun Boxing. DAZN will broadcast the event in over 200 countries around the globe (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

Oscar Duarte and Ryan Garcia Speak on Upcoming Fight

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Press Conference Quotes

In the lead-up to Garcia-Duarte on Saturday, the two fighters met at a final press conference in Houston. Below is what they had to say:

Ryan Garcia

“I put everything into this fight. You know, for the first time, I’m extremely committed in a long time. You know 2021 was one of the years that kind of broke me. 2022, you know a big change in me, and 2023 opened my eyes. I’m about to come back for everything, I’m just laser-focused and that’s where my confidence comes from.”

Oscar Duarte

“I’m very happy, very content, to be here,” said he said through an interpreter. “I’m enjoying every moment. This was a dream and it is now a reality. And this Saturday, you’ll see my best version I have a great team, and this Saturday, I’ll be winning. Viva México!

Hear Dan Rafael and T.J. Rives preview this fight as part of the “Big Fight Weekend Preview Podcast” by clicking play below,

2023 Recapped for Duarte

“La Migraña” has already fought twice this year, winning both fights via stoppage. In March, he stopped Alex Martin in eight rounds. Martin went to the canvas twice in the eighth before the fight’s conclusion. Two months later – Duarte fought D’Angelo Keyes, dropping him in rounds three and seven. Just before round eight began, the ringside physician ended the fight, giving Duarte the knockout win.

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Though this Saturday’s clash will take place at 140 lbs, Duarte’s other two fights this year took place at the lightweight limit. In fact, the last time he weighed more than 137 lbs for a bout was in May 2017. The move up in weight could impact his ability to fight Garcia, a fighter known for his speed. Boxing fans will find out if that is the case when the two clash on Saturday night.

Take a trip back with us to when Garcia lost to Gervonta “Tank” Davis.

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Currently writing out of Toronto, Canada, Saadeq first became a boxing fan while living in Doha, Qatar. Looking to become more involved in the sport, he began writing about boxing and has had work published in outlets such as Seconds Out and Boxing Social. He looks forward to continue covering boxing on Big Fight Weekend.

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