By Jon Uddin✏
Friday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, top Lightweight prospect 🇺🇸Ryan Garcia (19-0-0, 16KO) will face one of the toughest opponents in his young career in Nicaragua’s 🇳🇮Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2, 19KO). The two will square off in a 12 round lightweight contest.
Garcia fought just twice in 2019, but it continued giving us a glimpse into the 21 year old’s development under the guidance of Eddy Reynoso, whom he started working with at the end of his 2018 campaign.
The relationship with Reynoso has worked well as Garcia has been won all three fights by way of knockout, and by his own assessment, he’s now growing into his full strength as a fighter. Earlier in his career, Garcia felt fighters came into the ring with the idea that they could play the role of bully against him, but they now find that he is more than ready to mix it up and it has resulted in them falling by knockout.
It sounds as if the gameplan is to see how Garcia looks in his outing this weekend and that will lead to a matchup with Jorge Linares next. Reynoso has made it clear that he will make the call on whether that happens or not, and it becomes a non issue if Garcia doesn’t take care of the business at hand Friday night first.
“I’m the trainer and I’m the one who accepts the fight and if not I won’t train him. I don’t like taking fights that my fighter picks and I don’t agree with them. So I think right now is not the time to face Jorge Linares. We need one more fight or two more fights and then we’ll see what Ryan’s people say.” Reynoso said.
Fonseca fought four times in 2019 winning three by stoppage but fought to a 12 round draw in his last outing in November. The 25 year old Nicaraguan has fought for the IBF Super-Featherweight world title twice losing both attempts, most recently to Tevin Farmer in 2018. Before that he was knocked out in eight rounds to the man that is quickly becoming Garcia’s rival in the Lightweight division, Gervonta Davis in 2017.
With Fonseca having taken the ring with Davis and Farmer, Garcia knows Friday’s fight will be measured against those results. He feels that if he’s on his game then his results will exceed theirs, but says he won’t let that distract him from following his gameplan in the ring.
Ryan Garcia is the heavy betting favorite at (-1667) over Francisco Fonseca (+675). The fight will be shown on DAZN Friday at 9pm ET.