Everything you need to know about the former WBC interim lightweight champion, Ryan Garcia.
|August 8, 1998
|Los Alamitos, California
|Los Angeles, California
|'The Flash,' 'King Ryan'
|24-1-0 (20 KOs)
Garcia first put on a pair of boxing gloves at the tender age of seven. The Californian enjoyed a highly successful career as an amateur and it was his efforts in the unpaid ranks that helped build the hype around the now-25-year-old.
The Flash won 15 national amateur championships, represented the USA at the 2016 Olympic Games and finished with an overall record of 215–15. Garcia turned professional at the age of 17 and all of his amateur success was built in the formative years of his career.
Garcia turned professional in 2016 and his first paid bout was a first-round knockout of Edgar Meza in Mexico.
He secured another first-round stoppage victory over Hector García less than a month after his debut and another opening-round knockout against Luis Lozano followed. Those three victories were achieved in the space of less than four weeks.
The 25-year-old was taken the four-round distance by Cristian Jesus Cruz in July of 2016, but two quick-fire stoppage wins over Jonathan Cruz and Mario Aguirre came next.
Garcia’s performances and fan-friendly style had drawn the attention of some big promoters and in November 2016 the American signed with Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.
Garcia was a 15-time national amateur champion, and in 2017, the Flash had a chance to win his first title in the professional ranks.
The Los Alamitos-born boxer faced Miguel Carrizoza for the vacant WBC-NABF Junior super- featherweight title at the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, Paradise, Nevada and the American dispatched Carrizoza in just 30 seconds.
Garcia made two successful defenses of that title before stepping up and winning the vacant WBC-NABF and WBO–NABO super-featherweight titles with a unanimous-decision triumph over Jayson Velez.
The Flash was making a name for himself, but the real chance to shine came in September 2019. The 25-year-old took on Romero Duno for the WBO–NABO and WBC Silver lightweight titles, and while those belts don’t hold a huge amount of value, the bout was featured on the undercard of the huge Canelo Alvarez v Sergey Kovalev showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Garcia took the chance, scoring a stunning first-round knockout success and the hype train was full steam ahead.
Garcia faced the toughest test of his career when taking on two-time world title challenger Luke Campbell at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas at the start of 2021.
Campbell was a quick and gifted fighter and in round two Garcia faced his first major adversity.
The American was knocked down for the first time in Texas with the fight looking to be heading the way of the Brit. However, Garcia recovered, and rallied, to end Campbell with a body shot in the seventh round, taking his record to 21 fights without defeat.
The Flash suffered the first defeat of his professional career when challenging Gervonta 'Tank' Davis earlier this year. Davis is one of the most fearsome fighters in boxing and Garcia was banged to the floor in the second round and then also in the seventh round from a body shot.
The 25-year-old’s suspect defenses were exposed and there were also questions raised over his heart and desire after he failed to get to his feet after the seventh-round knockdown.
"King Ry" impressed in a fight which he needed to perform well off the back of the loss to Davis that earned him plenty of criticism. Garcia moved up from catchweight to super-lightweight for the fight.
Ryan Garcia's net worth is estimated to be around $20 million.
Ryan Garcia’s next fight is yet to be scheduled, so it is not known where it will be broadcast.
After the defeat to Davis, Garcia has switched camps and is now trained by Derrick James.
Ryan Garcia's next fight is not yet scheduled.