Standout US boxing prospect Ryan Garcia will return to work and get his new year and decade off to a start next month on February 14th against Francisco Fonseca.
But, what is being planned for him after that is quite the bit of news in terms of a tough challenge for him.
Garcia will box on February 14th at the Honda Center, Anaheim for the WBC Silver Light Title and former world champion Jorge Linares is also expected to feature on the card.
Provided both men win, it is thought that the pair are being lined up for a huge showdown against one another on Cinco De Mayo weekend this coming early May.
An awesome fight and brave matchmaking from Golden Boy Promotions if the case but an excellent move to be really commended, in fairness.
Garcia has shown outstanding promise in the last few years but some have mentioned that this year is the time where his competition needs to step up.
Putting him in against a skilled master of his craft in the supremely gifted boxer that is Linares is indeed that.
An acid test.
The test is a step that must come in all fighters’ careers to see how good they really are as they progress from prospect to contender to ultimately, for a select few, who really don’t mind getting down and after it — to become the champion of the world.
At this particular time Garcia holds a professional boxing record of 19-0 (16 KO).
Should the 21-year old Garcia be successful in his next bout the 20-0 mark in his career is about right time, in the grand scheme of things, to give him the step up.
What a fight it promises to be too.
It is thought that a Garcia vs Linares fight could take place on a Canelo Alvarez undercard in theory early next May.
Either way, kudos to all involved for looking to put him in with a real dangerous fight at this point.
These are the moves and fights the sport needs this year.
Very encouraging news.