When it comes to the much-anticipated return of unbeaten lightweight Ryan Garcia after a tough 14-month layoff, Emmanuel Tagoe has made no holds barred in announcing that he intends to play spoiler on Saturday.
Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs), a 33-year-old Ghanaian, will attempt to establish a name for himself in the sport when he fights Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) inside the Alamodome in San Antonio in a main event planned for a catchweight of 139 pounds (9 p.m. ET, DAZN ).
“On Saturday, I believe I have the weapons to defeat Ryan. This duel is a chance for me to show off my skills, “Tagoe remarked. “I came here to take Ryan Garcia out. He’s OK, but he’s not my size. I’m looking forward to Saturday. I’m going to demonstrate to everyone.”
Garcia, 23, will be questioned about ring rust, wrist surgery, a well-documented mental-health fight, and a soap opera breakup with trainer Eddy Reynoso and prized student Canelo Alvarez. Garcia feels rejuvenated and ready to let go now that veteran Joe Goossen is in his corner.
Ryan Garcia Record And Bio:
- Nationality: American
- Date of birth: August 8, 1998
- Height: 5′ 10″
- Reach: 70″
- Total fights: 21
- Record: 21-0 (18KOs)
Emmanuel Tagoe Record And Bio:
- Nationality: Ghanaian
- Date of birth: January 10, 1989
- Height: 5′ 8″
- Reach: 75″
- Total fights: 33
- Record: 32-1 (15 KOs)
Garcia VS. Tagoe Fight Card
- Ryan Garcia vs. Emmanuel Tagoe; lightweight
- George Rincon vs. Alejandro Frias; super lightweight
- Gregory Morales vs. Katsuma Akitsugi; featherweight
- Hector Valdez vs. Daniel Colula Moncada; super bantamweight
Ryan Garcia vs Emmanuel Tagoe Prediction :
While the announcement of Tagoe as a comeback opponent was initially disappointing owing to his lack of name recognition, he may be the ideal style matchup for Garcia to regain his confidence and silence his doubters due to Tagoe’s direct approach.
Garcia’s attacking skills, like as his lightning quick hand speed and combinations, are outstanding, but his chin and defensive instincts on an elite level are still debatable.
Garcia might also be wired in such a way that he’ll never be able to completely eliminate his flaws from any battle. Garcia, a gunslinger at heart with an aggressive new coach behind him, has a good chance of making an emphatic statement against the less skillful Tagoe. In fact, the large betting odds make it appear as though it’s a foregone conclusion.
As a result, Garcia might pass this exam with flying colors while yet failing to demonstrate that he has psychologically and physically recovered from the previous year.