Ryan Garcia Vs. Joseph Diaz Jr. Set On November 27 For Lightweight Battle
Ryan Garcia is making his boxing return after nearly one year.
Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) and Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (32-1, 15 KOs) have agreed to a lightweight fight on November 27 in Los Angeles. This marks Garcia’s return from a break to focus on his mental health; he withdrew from a July 9 fight with Javier Fortuna.
“I’m excited to be back; I’m ready to continue my momentum where I left off. I missed the sport of boxing. I missed the ring. I missed sparring,” Garcia said.
A venue for the DAZN main event has yet to be announced.
Garcia is coming off one of his best career performances. In January, the 23-year-old scored a seventh-round TKO of Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell.
He’s trained by Eddy Reynoso alongside super middleweight star Canelo Alvarez.
Diaz, 28, was the one to step in and fight Fortuna after Garcia pulled out. Diaz nabbed a big in his lightweight debut for the WBC interim world lightweight title.
“I’m stopping him and ending the hype train once and for all,” Diaz said. “I’m gonna take it to him. Everything I’ve been through in and out the ring will be shown that night. He’s finally in with a live dog.”
Garcia and Diaz are both Mexican-Americans promoted by Oscar De la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
The WBC previously ordered the two to fight, but neither of them were surprised as they said they were already in talks of matching up.
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