Ryan Garcia saw his unbeaten record ended by Gervonta Davis as he was stopped in the seventh round in his last bout and he makes a return to the ring with a tricky match-up against Oscar Duarte in December.
Duarte also has one loss on his record but he comes into the clash in form, having won each of his last 11 fights.
Read our Ryan Garcia vs Oscar Duarte Tale of the Tape for more on both fighters.
|What||Ryan Garcia vs Oscar Duarte|
|Where||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas|
|When||10 PM EST, Saturday December 2nd, 2023|
|How to watch||DAZN|
|Odds||Ryan Garcia -360, Oscar Duarte +265|
This 12-round fight between Ryan Garcia and Oscar Duarte will take place at approximately 10 PM ET on Saturday, December 2nd. For viewers in the United Kingdom, the fight will begin around 4 AM on Sunday, December 3rd.
The fight will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The arena is primarily used as the home of NBA team the Houston Rockets but it has hosted a number of other sporting events including nine UFC cards and WWE wrestling.
The Toyota Center is also a music venue and artists such as Prince, Taylor Swift, Jay Z and Andrea Bocelli, among many others, have all held concerts at the arena.
The fight will be broadcast by streaming service DAZN. Garcia vs Duarte is not a PPV event but DAZN does charge a $19.99 monthly subscription fee. The card will stream live on DAZN in over 200 countries, including the United Kingdom.
No. Garcia and Duarte both have aspirations of challenging for world titles but neither fighter holds any belts at present.
Ryan Garcia made his debut in 2016 in Tijuana with a first round TKO of Edgar Meza, who was also making his debut. 'King Ry' won his first three fights inside the first round before being taken the distance in a four-round contest by Cristian Cruz Chacon.
The 25-year-old announced himself as a serious contender at lightweight with a pair of victories in 2019 over Jose Lopez and Romero Dunn. Lopez had a 20-3-1 record when they met and Garcia claimed a second round stoppage.
Dunn was 21-1 when they met, but Garcia ended that clash in the first round to claim the WBC Silver and WBO NABO lightweight belts. The Silver title was an interim title and Garcia has since vacated the WBO NABO belt.
Garcia became the interim WBC lightweight title by stopping Luke Campbell in the seventh round at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The American recovered after being sent to the canvas in the second round to record a convincing victory, with Campbell ultimately deciding to call time on his career after that loss.
The LA-native never defended the interim WBC belt as he pulled out of a clash with Javier Fortuna, and was then forced to withdraw from a bout with Joseph Diaz due to a hand injury which led to Garcia being stripped of the title.
Garcia returned after over a year away from the ring with a points win over Emmanuel Tagoe and met Fortuna next, claiming a sixth round win, before his 23-fight winning streak (19 KOs) was brought to an end by Gervonta Davis.
Oscar Duarte made his debut with a first round victory over Manuel Isaias in Mexico City in 2013 and won his second fight in the second round, but his winning streak was halted as he was held to a draw in a four-round contest with Roberto Zermeno Garcia in his third fight.
The 27-year-old then embarked on a 13-fight winning streak, including victories over Jorge Rodriguez and Roger Gutierrez before coming up against Adrian Estrella for the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title.
Duarte suffered his first, and so far only, loss against Estrella via split decision in that 10-round affair but bounced back with a third round victory over Ricardo Urvina in his next fight.
That started another winning run for Duarte and he heads into his showdown with Garcia after securing 11 consecutive stoppage wins. This will be Duarte’s third fight of 2023 after eye-catching wins over Alex Martin and D'Angelo Keyes, meaning he has a 26-1-1 record before facing Garcia with 16 of his victories coming inside the distance.
Garcia is the heavy favorite to win at -360, while Duarte is rated as the +265 underdog.
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Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.