Ryan Garcia is on the comeback trail after suffering the first loss of his career against Gervonta Davis in April.
In the waning hours of Saturday, December 2, Garcia takes on Oscar Duarte in a 12-round welterweight contest and it looks set to be an entertaining contest.
The Flash suffered the first defeat of his career against Davis in April, and, while that has dented the world title hopes of the 25-year-old, the Tank is an elite-level performer and Garcia is young enough to come again.
Duarte is a confident underdog in Houston and the Mexican-born fighter is an unexposed, but perhaps unproven, rival.
The 27-year-old was last seen beating D'Angelo Keyes in May and this represents the biggest test of Duarte’s career.
We take a look at the make-up of both fighters in Garcia v Duarte 'Tale of the Tape'...
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|L (KO) v Gervonta Davis (Apr 2023)
|W (RTD) v D'Angelo Keyes (May 2023)
Garcia was building a big profile prior to his defeat the Davis earlier this year, but the hype surrounding the Flash was outstripping the level of his performances.
The 25-year-old was knocked out by Davis in April, and while Tank is an elite-level performer, Garcia has been well-touted as a future world title winner.
The Flash made a splash with a pair of first-round knockout victories over Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca in 2019 and 2020 and the Californian then went on to beat Britain's Luke Campbell.
Cool Hand Luke was an excellent fighter, but the Humberside fighter swiftly retired after the defeat to the Flash - although Garcia was dropped by Campbell - and it’s fair to say that the American tackled the Brit at the right time.
Victories over Emmanuel Tagoe and Javier Fortuna last year were good efforts, but Duarte may offer a bigger challenge than either of those fighters and Garcia has now lost his unbeaten record in that bruising defeat to Davis.
Garcia does boast blistering hand speed and the 25-year-old is a heavy-hitting performer. The Flash has won 19 of his 24 bouts by stoppage and the punch power, output and hand speed has proved too much for all but one of his rivals.
|Leaves chin exposed
|Vulnerable to the body
|Lack of footwork
Duarte started boxing at the tender age of 11 and the Mexican-born boxer has manoeuvre his way into the big time.
The Migraine has won 26 of his 28 professional contests with just one defeat. That loss came against Adrian Estrella in 2019, and although that was a poor effort, the 27-year-old has bounced back with 11 straight victories.
The Chihuahua man is a heavy-hitting and aggressive fighter and there will be no backward step from the confident Mexican.
The form on Duarte’s card isn’t as strong as Garcia’s, but the 27-year-old is unexposed and the Migraine could easily prove up to this level.
Duarte stopped Alex Martin in their eighth round of their contest earlier this year and the Chihuahua slugger then went on to retire D'Angelo Keyes.
Duarte gets his first opportunity to shine on the big stage, and it would be no surprise if the Golden Boy-back puncher took his chance.
|Lacks hand speed
|Easy to hit