Golden Boy Promotions has settled on an opponent and a brand new date for the corporate’s largest star.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that plans are finalized for a Ryan Garcia-Oscar Duarte junior welterweight bout to headline a December 2 DAZN present from Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Golden Boy chairman and co-founder Oscar De La Hoya revealed the plans to ESPN.com’s Mike Coppinger for Garcia’s first struggle again since his lone profession defeat and because the two sides stay in a authorized battle.
Duarte (26-1-1, 21KOs) was beforehand teased as a frontrunner to land the project, although at a time when the goal date was November 18.
Golden Boy had holds on venues in each Texas and Arizona however have now settled on Alamodome, the place Garcia returned final April 9 after a 15-month layoff to soundly outpoint streaking contender Emmanuel Tagoe.
Garcia went on to cease Javier Fortuna within the sixth spherical of their July 16 conflict in Los Angeles. The struggle marked his final look on a DAZN-exclusive telecast.
His lone struggle of 2023 got here in an April 22 seventh-round knockout defeat to Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (29-0, 27KOs). The Showtime Pay-Per-View headliner stays the very best grossing occasion of the yr, with a reported 1.2 million PPV items bought and a stay gate of roughly $22.8 million in ticket gross sales from a sold-out crowd of 20,842 at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas.
The struggle stays the yr’s best-selling occasion and cemented Davis’ standing because the main draw within the trade.
It additionally solidified Garcia’s drawing energy, although the evening got here with appreciable fallout. The well-publicized occasion featured the primary indicators of bother between promoter and fighter.
Corridor of Famers and Golden Boy heads Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins have been each fixtures all through the promotion however noticeably absent from the post-fight press convention, as was Joe Goossen, Garcia’s coach for greater than a yr. Garcia and Goossen subsequently parted methods, citing an amicable break up.
The fallout between Garcia and his estranged promoter was something however that. De La Hoya took their beef public, calling out his star consumer on Twitter previous to a still-active lawsuit filed towards the Victorville, California native.
It’s believed that the 2 sides will discover widespread floor for the sake of Garcia combating later this fall, with hopes that the October 18 mediation session will assist resolve any lingering points.
Garcia was beforehand a high light-weight contender, his final bout on the weight coming in a seventh-round knockout of 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and former title challenger Luke Campbell. It additionally marked his ultimate struggle below the tutelage of coach Eddy Reynoso, with whom he educated since late 2018. His three fights aligned with Goossen all got here above the light-weight restrict, together with 2022 wins over Emmanuel Tagoe and Javier Fortuna.
Garcia has since joined the rising secure of 2022 Coach of the Yr Derrick James within the better Dallas space. He has since revealed that he might be coaching in Las Vegas forward of his deliberate return later this fall.
Duarte will transfer up in weight and sophistication for the affair. The 27-year-old from Parral, Chihuahua rebounded from a February 2019 break up determination defeat to Adrian Estrella with eleven straight wins, all inside the gap. A struggle with Garcia would require a transfer up for Duarte, who has spent the majority of his ten-year profession at light-weight.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox