Following a long layoff, Ryan Garcia is heading back to the ring on April 9 against Emmanuel Tagoe.
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Garcia made his pro debut in 2016. In November 2019 and February 2020, Garcia beat Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca following two brutal knockouts to win and hold onto the WBC silver lightweight title. He passed his first major test in January 2021 when he beat Luke Campbell via TKO to win the interim WBC lightweight title.
Since then, Garcia has taken a break from boxing. In April 2021 he was supposed to fight Javier Fortuna but ended up not fighting to work on his mental health. Set to return this past November, Garcia would undergo hand surgery. The bout he missed was an interim title fight against Joseph Diaz.
The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas.
Tagoe made his pro debut in 2004. After losing his first fight, Tagoe has won 32 in a row. A former IBO lightweight champion, Tagoe defended the title once. His last fight was in November 2020, beating Mason Menard via majority decision.
Garcia vs. Tagoe will take place in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This will be the second time that Garcia has fought in Texas, as his last fight against Luke Campbell was in Dallas. Tagoe will fight in the United States for the second time, as he has primarily been fighting out of Ghana.
Record and bio:
Name: Ryan Garcia
Born: August 8, 1998
Reach: 70 inches
Total fights: 21
Record: 21-0 with 18 wins via knockout
Emmanuel Tagoe record and bio
Name: Emmanuel Tagoe
Born: January 10, 1989
Total fights: 33
Record: 32-1 with 15 wins via knockout.
Garcia vs. Tagoe is a 12-round lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy in association with DiBella Entertainment. The event is sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,” and “BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” The fight will take place on Saturday, April 9th, and will stream live exclusively on DAZN, worldwide. For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZNBoxing. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoy and https://www.facebook.com/DAZN. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoy and @DAZNBoxing. Follow the conversation using #GarciaTagoe