Having dispatched Romero Duno with ease, Ryan Garcia reportedly has his sights set on a new target. ESPN’s Steve Kim advises readers to “look for” Garcia to co-headline a “February 8th or 14th” event alongside Jorge Linares, with the intention of pitting the two against one another “later in 2020.”
If this comes to pass, it’s certainly a damn ambitious move by Garcia (19-0, 16 KO) and Golden Boy, though not a totally unreasonable one. Linares (46-5, 28 KO) is a marvelously skilled fighter, one capable of giving any lightweight on the planet a run for his money. He’s demolished Anthony Crolla, edged Luke Campbell, and taken Vasiliy Lomachenko to the brink.
He is also heartbreakingly fragile, falling to subpar opposition like Sergio Thompson and, recently, Pablo Cesar Cano in an ill-advised. While he has the skills to run circles around even a top prospect like “Kingry,” it’s every bit as likely that Garcia sparks him clean out. Either way, it’ll be quite the show if these two wind up throwing down.