Garcia’s first fight in 15 months has been officially confirmed.
The undefeated Ryan “King Ry” Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) makes his return to the ring on Saturday, April 9, against Emmanuel “The Gameboy” Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs). The 12-round, lightweight showdown will take place at San Antonio’s historic Alamodome and will be streamed live worldwide on DAZN.
Fans have been awaiting the return of Garcia, a skilled, lightning-fast puncher who has steadily climbed the ranks of the lightweight division. A big win against Tagoe, a top 10 contender, would propel Garcia towards the top of the division.
Garcia has defeated tough contenders like Romero Duno, Francisco Fonseca, Carlos Morales, and Jason Velez, and was last seen in a spectacular seventh-round stoppage of 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Luke Campbell.
“I am excited and motivated to be back in the ring finally. I’m ready to do something special and give the fans a show they will never forget,” said Garcia. “I always want to make sure I give all my fans something memorable every time I fight.”
Tagoe, from Accra, Ghana, has accumulated various championships since his professional debut in 2004, including the IBF International, WBA International, and WBO Africa lightweight titles. The 32-year-old is currently ranked tenth by the WBC and has risen in the division’s ranks since his U.S. boxing debut in 2013 with a ninth-round stoppage of Gerardo Robles.
His last outing came on November 27, 2020, when Tagoe met former WBO NABO champion Mason Menard in a 10-round lightweight contest, defeating Menard via majority decision.
“I have always wanted a fight against Ryan Garcia. It’s a dream come true for me to be the main event in such an important fight,” said Tagoe.
“I am grateful to my manager, Peter Kahn, and promoter, Lou DiBella, for providing me with this opportunity. Thank you to Golden Boy Promotions for finally getting this fight done. This is the second time I will be fighting on DAZN, and I will use this opportunity to show myself off to the world.
“All of the pressure is on Ryan. I am going to make Ghana proud, and everyone will know who Emmanuel ‘Game Boy’ Tagoe is after April 9 in San Antonio.”
“Fans have been anticipating the grand return of Ryan Garcia to the ring,” added Oscar De La Hoya, chairman, and CEO of Golden Boy. “Ryan has captivated the sport with his incredible speed and power, and on April 9th, fans will get to see a big Texas showdown at the historic Alamodome. Emmanuel Tagoe is a top 10 lightweight contender, so this will be a challenging fight for Ryan. I can guarantee that April 9th will be a night fans will remember as Ryan’s grand return to boxing.”
“It’s great for boxing that Ryan Garcia is returning to the ring and, after a significant layoff, Ryan is taking on a legitimate top ten contender,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Emmanuel Tagoe has won 32 fights in a row, is hungry, and is one of the top boxing talents from Ghana. A hungry Ghanaian contender is a dangerous opponent, and the world is going to see it on April 9.”
“Ryan Garcia is fast becoming one of the biggest names in the sport, and we are thrilled to see him return April 9th against a very tough competitor in Emmanuel Tagoe,” said Ed Breeze, EVP Rights, DAZN.
“Ryan has already made a huge statement in the highly competitive lightweight division, and we look forward to broadcasting this can’t-miss event live and exclusively worldwide as part of a completely stacked spring boxing schedule on DAZN.”