Exciting unbeaten lightweight Contender Ryan Garcia is anxious to get back in the ring and it looks like the date of Saturday July 4th is becoming more firm. This after a report out Tuesday afternoon saying that according to Garcia’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, it will mainly be a matter of where the fight taking place?
In a wide-ranging article on several subjects about Golden Boy and their plans for when boxing resumes post-Coronavirus, Boxing Insider Dan Rafael wrote for Boxingscene.com that the 21 – 0 Garcia may be their first headlining fighter back:
So what are @GoldenBoyBoxing's plans to start doing #boxing cards again and would they consider a Canelo fight behind closed doors? My story for @boxingscene: https://t.co/yC4jL3sYQk @makeawar @OscarDeLaHoya @RamirosCorner @DAZN_USA @Greg_Domino
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) May 12, 2020
Rafael quoted Golden Boy President, Eric Gomez, as saying first they have to get it established where they can fight and under what guidelines, etc.?
“We envision shows without fans and, at some point, with fans, but what the specifications are for a return to shows with fans I don’t know.
“We don’t know if that will be this year or not, but we’ll have to follow whatever the guidelines are from federal government, state government. They might say no shows with fans until there’s a vaccine. I don’t know.”
On the specifics about Garcia fighting Independence Day Saturday,
We’ll be ready to jump into action as soon as the restrictions are lifted, as soon as there is some sort of path to do shows again,” Gomez continued.
“We want to do (July 4) in California. That’s where we are, that’s where Ryan is from. But if they’re not ready yet we’ll look into Nevada, we’ll look into Texas, we’ll look everywhere. But most important is the safety of the fighters, the safety of the staff, that’s the most important thing.
Garcia basically tipped the fight date last week with his own social media post last Friday:
JULY 4th ? ???
— Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) May 9, 2020
He was last in the ring in February with a one punch straight left 1st round knockout of Francisco Fonseca. On that same Golden Boy card, former three division world champion, Jorge Linares, also scored a knockout win and appears to be the opponent that the Promotion and Garcia want.
However, Linares actually made public later on Tuesday that it’s not close to a done deal for him to fight Garcia:
I'm not talking much but I'm waiting for the contract to fight with you spoiled child… Garcia
— LINARES (@JorgeLinares) May 12, 2020
Clearly, there are hurdles to clear, but all signs point to the flashy, young California fighter with the good looks to be one of the stars that Golden Boy will go to, when fights resume.
Now, will it be in California, Nevada, Texas or somewhere else?