Friday February 14 2020, 9:00 PM ET. WBC Silver Title Fight on Honda Center Arena in Anaheim (California, USA): Francisco Fonseca vs Ryan Garcia.
The fight between American boxer Ryan “The Flash” Garcia and Nicaraguan Francisco Fonseca will be the main event of the boxing evening on February 14th. The event will be held at the Honda Center arena in Anaheim (California, USA). The current WBC Silver lightweight champion (up to 61.2 kg) Ryan Garcia will defend his title in a fight against a 25-year-old challenger from Nicaragua.
The WBC Silver belt is not rated as high as the full World Boxing Council award, but gives its holder the right to claim a fight with the WBC champion. There is currently no absolute champion in the lightweight category. The leader of the Pound-4-Pound Ukrainian Vasily Lomachenko owns the WBC (franchised) and WBO belts. “Loma” also owns the WBA Super Champion belt and The Ring magazine. Another division leader, Teofimo Lopez, wears an IBF belt. Among the TOPs of this weight category, the name of Gervonta Davis also appears. The scandalous American is the holder of the WBA Regular championship title, but so far does not seek unification with Lomachenko and Lopez. In case of victory of Ryan Garcia, the American can be reduced to the ex-champion from Venezuela Jorge Linares. And then – only champion fights.
The 26-year-old boxer representing Nicaragua is not in the TOP lightweight category, but has already managed to hold two title matches against the current stars of the division – Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis. Throughout his career as a pro, Fonseca performed in the second featherweight category. But for the duel with the popular Garcia, he decided to rise to a heavier and more prestigious division.
In the amateur ring, Francisco did not achieve any outstanding success, but completed his amateur performances with a track record of 60 victories with four defeats. The guy did not hide that he wants to become professionals as soon as possible – as his older brothers had done before. Fonseca’s pro career began in 2013, and Costa Rican Eduardo Urbina became the first opponent. That four-round fight ended in a draw. But of the nineteen subsequent entries in the ring for three years, Francisco emerged victorious.
In preparation for the fight against the famous Briton Billy Deeb, Fonseca received an offer from the team of Gervonta Davis – to fight for the IBF world featherweight title. They do not give up such chances, and the Nicaraguan instantly switched from Deeb to Davis’s “Tank”, even despite insufficient preparation for a specific opponent. In that fight, Fonseca lost for the first time in his career by knockout, although he reached the 8th round. After three victorious fights, Francisco again got a chance to challenge the IBF championship belt – only in a duel with Devin Haney. That fight Fonseca also lost, but not ahead of schedule, but by unanimous decision. Last year, the Nicaraguan boxer entered the ring four times and won three early victories over little-known opponents, and tackled the extreme fight against Briton Alex Dilmagani.
As for the boxing style, Fonseca is somewhat similar to his future opponent. Like Ryan Garcia, he tries to act first, suppressing opponents with his multi-hit combinations. Francisco has a large percentage of early victories, but they were obtained in the second featherweight. And in the new division, bigger guys are boxing. But a strong head, excellent endurance and champion character are the factors due to which the initial underdogs often bring surprises.
21-year-old American prospect Ryan Garcia is in the unofficial TOP 5 lightweight boxers. In front of him on this list are Vasily Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney. As you can see, the division is rich in young talents. Only the weight leader, Ukrainian Lomachenko, is out of the general row: he has already turned 31. But Ryan Garcia, despite his young age, managed to hold 19 professional fights, in each of which he gained a landslide victory. Already, “The Flash” claims to be aimed at the belts of Lopez and Lomachenko. At the same time, Haney and Davis, although they are not full-fledged champions, are also among his interests.
Ryan’s amateur career has been quite successful. In the amateur ring, the American spent 230 fights, of which he lost only 15. The guy took part in the US Championship three times before the age of 17 and up to 19 years. Curiously, in the finals of 2014, he lost to Devin Haney. A year later, he lost to him, but at the stage of the quarter-finals. Finally, in 2016, Garcia won the gold of the national championship.
In June of the same year, The Flash debuted in the professional ring. In the first match, he was opposed by the Mexican boxer Edgar Mesa, who was knocked out in the first round. During the calendar year, Garcia spent another nine fights, in each of which he won a victory (of which all but one were premature). In the eleventh professional match, the young American knocked out the next Mexican Miguel Carrizos and won his first belt in the second featherweight title – according to the WBC-NABF Junior.
In May 2018, Garcia defeated Puerto Rican Jason Veles and won the “adult” WBC-NABF belt and the less significant WBO-NABO strap. The Flash has held these titles for four fights, three of which he completed with the usual knockouts, but in a duel with the Mexican Carlos Morales, he won a victory only by the decision of the majority of judges. The last time Ryan entered the ring relatively recently – in November last year. In a confrontation with Filipino Romero Duno, who had a 12-round format, Garcia completed the case in the first three minutes, knocking out his opponent.
The American is right-handed with good technical equipment and solid knockout power. Garcia fully justifies its nickname “The Flash”. Ryan has a high manual speed, quickly and accurately works “on the floors”, has an excellent footwork – for displacements after attacks. So far, “The Flash” cannot compete on equal terms with lightweight leaders, but it has sufficient potential for growth. Gradually increasing the complexity of the opposition is the best way to a full champion title.
Fonseca vs Garcia Prediction
So what to expect in battle? Two righties. Garcia surpasses the opponent in growth by 7 centimeters. The fight is made for Ryan. The upcoming fight will be the debut for Fonseca in the lightweight division. Golden Boy plans to promote Garcia to the heights of the lightweight category, but not reduce it to the current world champions. If successful this weekend, a young American can fight with Jorge Linares, who also holds the fight as part of a boxing evening in Anaheim, California.
Garcia’s natural lightweight is superior to his rival in height and attack distance. In addition, he is a more technical and trained boxer. The champion’s manual speed is higher than that of the applicant. The same goes for striking power. Fonseca’s only argument in this confrontation is his stubbornness and ability to withstand powerful punch. Ryan Garcia will not be easy to knock down such an opponent in the first half of the battle, which he used to do with most opponents.
Our expert prediction: Ryan “The Flash” Garcia Will Win