Ryan Garcia Headlines Canelo-Kovalev Undercard
With Canelo Alvarez set to fight on another card on DAZN, it was only fitting several key matches were added. One of those includes rising prospect Ryan Garcia, as looks to combine the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight Championship against the NABO Lightweight Champion Romero Duno.
Other bouts on the card feature a grudge bout between Seniesa Estrada and Marlen Esparza for the Interim WBA Flyweight Title and Bakhram Murtazaliev v. Jorge Fortea in a mandatory bout in the IBF Junior Middleweight Division.
“We have put a lot of thought into this long-awaited night, and we’re eager to deliver one of the best undercards of the year,” said Golden Boy Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya in a press release. This event will feature some of our brightest talents taking on the toughest fights of their careers. With Ryan Garcia, we have a huge star in the making, but he’ll need to get past a tough, hard-hitting contender in Romero Duno to secure his path for a world title. We also have Seniesa Estrada and Marlen Esparza, who will look to final end their rivalry in a fight for the Interim WBA Flyweight Title. So, whether in person or live on DAZN, a new chapter in boxing’s history will unfold on November 2.”
Garcia (18-0) is one of boxing’s rising stars. The 21-year-old recently signed a new fight deal with Golden Boy, securing his spot as the co-main event. He has 15 wins via knockout, winning his last two via some sort of KO finish.
“This is a big moment for me,” said Garcia. “These opportunities don’t come often. It’s my chance to show what I’m capable of on the biggest stage in boxing. I’m not going to let this opportunity slip. I’m fighting against Romero Duno, the opponent I wanted since the beginning, so I’m going show that I’ve reached another level on Nov. 2.”
Duno (21-1) hasn’t lost a bout since 2015 and has 15 wins via knockout. he is hoping to end Garcia’s run as Golden Boy’s favorite son.
“This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for,” said Duno. “I’m so excited to be part of a such a big night as the co-main event of Canelo vs. Kovalev. This fight has been building up for some time. I’ve had my eye on Ryan Garcia for a while now. I promise to do everything it takes to beat him on Nov. 2 and take home a big victory for the Philippines!”
Another fighter to look out for is Evan Holyfield, the son of Evander Holyfield, who will be making his pro debut against Nick Winstead.
* Ryan Garcia v. Romero Duno – WBO NABO Lightweight Title
* Bakhram Murtazaliev (16-0) v. Jorge Fortea (20-1-1) – IBF Junior Middleweight Mandatory
* Seniesa Estrada v. Marlen Esparza – vacant Interim WBA Flyweight Title
* Blair Cobbs (12-0-1) v. Carlos Ortiz (11-4) – Vacant Regional Welterweight Title
* Tristan Kalkreuth (2-0) v. TBA
*Meiirim Nursultanov (12-0) v. Cristian Olivas (16-5)
* Evan Holyfield (0-0) v. Nick Winstead (0-1)
Canelo v. Kovalev takes place on November 2nd inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.