Via Jim Calfa: Ryan Garcia says he wants to take on undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. to beat after coming back from a right wrist injury. However, they want him to fight someone else first, so he will face Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz in April.
Boxing fans think Ryan is making a big mistake choosing to fight the next 23-year-old Pitbull Cruz because the guy has given ‘regular’ WBA lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis a problem big this month during their game on December 5 in Los Angeles, coming close to hit him.
Many assumed that Pitbull Cruz should have raised his hand because he beat Tank the entire competition, nailing him with body shots and forcing him to fight harder than ever.
Ryan Garcia wants Kambosos to adjust
“I want to go right after Kambosos. I told my team I wanted to join right away and get him. It won’t happen. Everyone wants me to fight [another fighter] first, but that’s okay. I understand,” Ryan Garcia told World boxing news in his back fight.
“I really want to have them [Kambosos and Pitbull Cruz] within with me. And I just feel both are good comeback matches for me,” said Garcia.
Interestingly, former WBC interim lightweight champion King Ry views the undefeated Kambosos as an up-and-comer. However, Ryan has raised the bar for the Australian and doesn’t consider him in the same league as 135-year-old talents, like Gervonta Davis and Vasily Lomachenko.
Kambosos won his four lightweight titles when he lost to Teofimo Lopez on Nov. 27. Teofimo (16-1, 12 KOs) was injured and looked like a prime example of a boxer at attrition. weight.
Going from 157 lbs of muscle to 135 lbs for the battle with Kambosos didn’t help, but the straw that broke the camel’s back for Teo was his throat and lung problems. It was perfect storm for Teofimo, 25 years old, and he was not physically able to perform at the level he was known to in the past.
Ryan Garcia knew what he saw in Kambosos and realized that he was someone he would easily defeat if given the chance to fight him.
Ryan Garcia wants Kambosos to adjust
Provided that 23-year-old Ryan’s right wrist is surgically repaired will make it through training camp to fight Pitbull Cruz (22-2-1, 15 KOs), the two will meet in the first quarter of 2022 in a title fight match on DAZN.
The Kambosos wants WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney for his next bout, a move that would allow him to call himself the undisputed 135-lb champion. Also, it’s an easier fight for Kambosos than if he were to face Gervonta Davis, Vasily Lomachenko or Ryan Garcia. Those people might reduce Kambosos to a pile of rubble on canvas.
According to Chris Mannix, Ryan’s supporters at Golden Boy Promotions aren’t backing him up against Isaac Cruz in his first game back after a year layoff and right hand injury. However, they continued because this was the match that King Ry wanted.
Pitbull Cruz = perfect fight for Ryan Garcia
“It’s perfect for me. I’ve seen that style a million times,” said Ryan Garcia about Isaac Cruz’s fighting style.
“Cruz lost to Tank, but a lot of people thought he won. There were a lot of people saying that Cruz would beat me. We are very much looking forward to that fight,” said Garcia.
Given all of Ryan’s recent talk about fighting a “C-rank” Pitbull Cruz, he’s going to look awful if his promoters at Golden Boy don’t make this fight.
Garcia recently emptied herself when it came to wanting to fight these fighters:
- Gervonta Davis
- Javier Fortuna
- Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr.
- Manny Pacquiao
- Devin Haney
Ryan was scheduled to face Fortuna on July 9 in a live match on DAZN, but he withdrew from the match due to mental health issues. Ryan was then scheduled to face Jojo Diaz Jr in the main event in November, but the match fell through after Ry injured his arm.
It’s not the end for Ryan if he loses
Many boxing fans believe that Ryan dropped out of the fight against Fortuna and Jojo due to a case of nerve. Whatever the reason, only Ryan knows the truth and the important thing is that he does NOT pull out of his battle with Pitbull Cruz.
If Ryan really has a problem with his nerves, he will have to accept a bitter end against Cruz, no matter how nervous he may be about this fight.
Ryan’s net worth is estimated at 10 million dollars, so it won’t be the end of the world for him if Pitbull Cruz beats him meteor dust next April.
Golden Boy can rebuild Ryan and ask him to start from scratch to help him get back to where he is now by fighting four to five times per year in a way Canelo Alvarez did when he first ranked.