Ryan Garcia 2020

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Ryan Garcia Heads Valentine’s Day Card at Honda Center


By Lauren Rodriguez 


ANAHEIM, CA- Golden Boy Promotions hosted its media press conference; presenting its highly anticipated Valentine’s Day fight night. The event will star a 12-round main event fight for the WBC Silver lightweight title between undefeated fighter, Ryan Garcia and Francisco Fonseca.


Leading the media conference for the event was Golden Boy and founder of the promotion company himself, Oscar De La Hoya.


De La Hoya gave full credit to main event fighter, Garcia for choosing the day of love as fight night and stated that it will most likely become a tradition for future Valentine’s Days to come.


The action packed night, sponsored by Hennessey, will take place Friday, February 14th at the Anaheim Honda Center. Doors open at 3 p.m. and will include a lineup consisting of some of the boxing world’s most entertaining prospective fighters. DAZN will stream the fight card.


The main event of the night will feature rising star, in and out of the ring, Ryan Garcia (19-0, 16 KO’s). Garcia will be defending his WBC Silver lightweight title against Costa Rica’s Francisco Fonseca (25-2, 19 KO’s). The 12-round fight is drawing crowds of all ages, as Garcia not only has gained a large following of 4.7 million on Instagram but was also selected as 2017 prospect of the year by ESPN.


Garcia, trained by famous trainer, Eddy Reynoso, is undefeated with 16 wins by knock out. In his amateur career, the orthodox fighter won 15 national gold medal championships among other achievements. Garcia’s last fight was a win against Romero Duno as the co-main event for Canelo V. Kovalev in November 2019 where he won the WBC title that he will be defending Friday.


Aiming to take the WBC Silver lightweight title from Garcia, Fonseca (25-2-2, 19 KO’s) will be fighting for his third time in the United States. Fonseca, born in Mangua Nicaragua is hopeful for a win as he hopes to continue the champion streak of other Nicaragua fighters, moving up alongside Felix Alvarado and Rene Alvarado. Fonseca will be returning to the ring after a draw decision against Alex Dilmaghani in London November 2019.


The co-main event will include lightweight contenders Jorge Linares (46-5, 28 KO’s) and Carlos Morales (19-4-4, 8 KO’s).


Linares, also known by the same alias as Golden Boy’s founder, “El Nino de Oro” and toting an impressive record lives up to the legendary nickname. The orthodox fighter, born in Venezuela and currently based in Tokyo is fluent in both Japanese and Spanish.


Opposing Linares is Morales, born in Hidalgo, Mexico and raised in his later youth in Highland Park. The orthodox fighter first began boxing at 12 and never quit despite challenges early in his professional career. Morales formerly fought and lost against main event fighter, Ryan Garcia in 2018. This coming Valentines Day will be his first time back in the ring since November 2019.


The entire bout card includes 8 pairings with 4 in the undercard and untelevised.

There will be 4 title fights with one in the undercard between Bektemir Melikuziev (4-0, 3 KO’s) and Marco Perbian (25-5-1, 16 KO’s), fighting for the WBA Continental Americas super middleweight title. (At press time it was learned that Periban pulled out of the fight for undisclosed reasons.)


Opening the DAZN televise will be a NABF welterweight title fight between an undefeated Blair Cobbs (13-0) and Samuel Kotey (23-2, 16 KO’s). The two welterweights heated things up at the press event, Cobbs displaying his usual flamboyant persona and Kotey, throwing off his sweater and spitting some explicit words to his opponent.


Cobbs will be defending his title in the 10-round event, making the night his first fight of 2020.


The stacked card will also include undefeated WBC welterweight champion Alexis Rocha (15-0, 10 KO’s) against welterweight contender, Brad Soloman (28-2, 9 KO’s). Rocha stated his excitement to be fighting in his home county, bringing him the type of challenge that excites him.


Tickets for the event are start at $25 for the lowest tier plus applicable taxes. Tickets can be purchased at goldenboytickets.com , Ticket Master and the Honda Center Box Office.