Ryan Garcia believes he has found his first fight in 2022.
It remains to be seen whether the undefeated lightweight contender will jump to the top of the line, but he is among the more interested observers about Saturday’s divisional championship game on DAZN from the Theater. Hulu by Madison Square Garden in New York City. To a great disappointment, George Kambosos Jr. prevailed with a split decisive victory to dethrone the previously undefeated lightweight / WBA / IBF / WBO king Teofimo Lopez Jr. Shortly after the official ruling was announced, Garcia offered to serve as the next challenger.
“My fight back, I’ll fight the Kambosos,” Garcia tweeted the moment the new champion’s arm was raised in victory. “Great respect for Kambosos for that performance. [H]first, you deserve it and all the love… let’s celebrate. ”
Ironically, the postponed Lopez-Kambosos clash came on a day that Garcia (21-0, 18KOs) made headlines. The 23-year-old from Victorville, California was scheduled to face Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz (31-1-1, 15KO) in the WBC interim lightweight title match in the greater Los Angeles area, Only had a hand injury. surgery immediately. It put Garcia on the shelf and left him with just one game of the year — a knockout, seventh-round match, against England’s Luke Campbell this past January in Dallas, Texas.
Garcia is expected to return to the ring in the first quarter of 2022. The proposition of a shot at Sydney’s Kambosos (20-0, 10KOs) at least has the luck of his career instructors. that.
“Congratulations, George Kambosos,” tweeted Oscar De La Hoya, founder and president of Golden Boy Promotion. “Let’s talk to Ryan Garcia.”
Kambosos is not tied to any platform although his last two fights have been broadcast on DAZN shows promoted by Matchroom Boxing. Garcia has been fighting on DAZN since Golden Boy’s exclusivity deal began with the sports streaming service in 2018 and is expected to renew at the end of the current deal later this year.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
https://www.boxingscene.com/ryan-garcia-aim-shot-newly-crowned-lightweight-champ-george-kambosos-ring-return–162375 Ryan Garcia aims hit at newly crowned lightweight champion George Kambosos to return to ring