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Ryan Garcia’s next fight set, Emmanuel Tagoe to be opponent on April 9

Tagoe was last seen beating Mason Menard by majority decision in November 2020

Ryan Garcia v Luke Campbell Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

After weeks of speculation and various names being bandied about, Ryan Garcia’s return to the ring is set. He and Oscar De La Hoya revealed today that “Kingry” will face Ghana’s Emmanuel Tagoe on April 9th at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

The WBO actually ordered this fight as a final eliminator way back in mid-2020, when both men sat in the sanctioning body’s lightweight top three. Garcia (21-0, 18 KO) instead elected to face and ultimately defeat Luke Campbell for the interim WBC title, while Tagoe (32-1 ), who hasn’t lost since dropping his pro debut, stayed busy with a majority decision over Mason Menard in November 2020.

Tagoe’s a respectable-enough comeback opponent, certainly better than previously named possibilities like Mercito Gesta and Saul Rodriguez. He’s coming off a huge layoff and failed to impress his last time out, but Garcia’s entering with a lot of baggage as well. Sure hope there’s another big fight or two on the card, though.

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