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Ryan Garcia to face Jose Lopez on March 30

The 20-year-old lightweight will return in California.

Ryan Garcia v Braulio Rodriguez Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Lightweight prospect Ryan Garcia is set to return to action on March 30, with Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez telling ESPN that the 20-year-old will face Jose Lopez on a card at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

The card will stream live on DAZN, and is also expected to feature a 108-pound title fight between Angel Acosta and Ganigan Lopez.

Garcia (17-0, 14 KO) is coming off of a Dec. 15 win over Braulio Rodriguez, with Garcia as a featured part of the Canelo-Fielding undercard at Madison Square Garden. He knocked out Rodriguez in the fifth round.

Lopez (20-3-1, 14 KO) is a 24-year-old Puerto Rican fighter, a “young veteran,” if you will, having turned pro at age 17, back in 2011. He’s lost two of his last three, and is coming off of a TKO-6 defeat against Jonathan Oquendo last October.

Garcia is considered a real rising star and potential future superstar by Golden Boy, as he’s young, talented, has a good look, and is unquestionably terrific at promoting himself and his career via social media, something that will surely become a bigger and bigger deal with the coming generations of fighters.

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