Via Jim Calfa: Former WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia is back in the gym after arm surgery and he’s looking to start fighting again in early 2022.
Interestingly, King Ry is considered one of the undisputed long-range picks for light champions George Kambosos Jr’s next war in Australia.
With that said, Ryan needs adjustment and is one of the least likely to take on the next Kambosos, but given his popularity, anything is possible. If it weren’t for Ryan’s recent inactivity issue, he would be a hit to get the fight off the Kambosos.
Isaac Cruz could be next for Ryan Garcia
His next fight might be against the highly ranked and extremely difficult one Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz, with whom he revealed he was negotiating.
It’s an ambitious pick for King Ry if he picks 23-year-old Cruz as his next opponent, as he has indeed pushed ‘regular’ WBA lightweight champion Gervonta ‘The Tank’ Davis and narrowly beat him in their match on December 5th on Showtime PPV at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Indeed, many boxing fans had a near-draw match, thanks to the heavy pressure Pitbull Cruz put on the injured Tank in that bout.
“Cruz said he was going to play me in my court, and he also said he would probably beat me. We definitely have to see that, and I hope that fight will return,” Ryan Garcia mentioned above social media.
“It should be a good one. Cruz is a close-knit boxer, pretty good and has little movement. There’s nothing that I’ve never seen before, but we’ll have to see how he holds up against me,” Ryan said.
Undefeated Ryan, 23, mentioned last week that he is confident the ‘Pitbull’ Cruz fight (22-2-1, 15 KOs) will happen and that he views him as a “Class C” boxer after round 12 narrowly agreed to lose to Davis Tank.
Despite Ryan’s trademark Pitbull Cruz, he may be too tall a fighter for him at this point in his career. Although Ryan is the same age as Mexican warrior Cruz, he doesn’t look defiant or hungry.
Should Ryan hit this fight with Pitbull Cruz, he’ll need to bring a different mentality to the competition than we saw in his final bout against Luke Campbell in January. this year.
Undoubtedly a British boxer, Campbell shocked when he knocked Ryan with his left hand early in the second round. If Campbell had any sense of him, he would have tried to finish Ryan off after his return, but he picked the box rather than going into the knockouts.
It ultimately proved to be a mistake for Campbell as Ryan recovered and ultimately stopped him with a shot to the body in the seventh inning.
Ryan is unlikely to come back again
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe expressed skepticism last week about Ryan Garcia going up against Pitbull Cruz next, saying that the people promoting him at Golden Boy Promotions did NOT allow him He fights a dangerous boxer.
Ellerbe says Cruz isn’t the small adjustment Ryan needs after leaving the ring a year, and he may be right. In fact, Pitbull Cruz is someone Ryan should only face if he’s active and shoots at all turrets.
Aside from Ryan’s only win over Campbell, 2021 has been a disappointing year for him, as he pulls out of the crucial July 9 game against the former division champion. super featherweight Javier Fortuna.
Next, Ryan was scheduled to face Joseph’ Jojo-Diaz Jr, and he suffered a hand injury that caused that match to be called off.
If Ryan is going to fight Pitbull Cruz, he has to stay with it to the end and not give it up for any reason.
Even if Ryan has a nagging injury, he might want to fight anyway. His reputation took a huge hit due to his consistently supporting important battles.
Assuming Ryan isn’t confident about his chances against a dangerous adversary like Cruz, he should pick a suitable opponent he can definitely beat. With all of Ryan’s weak and inactive background, he needs a few confidence boosters before going up against a tough guy like Pitbull Cruz.
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