Ryan Garcia and Oscar De La Hoya.
Lightweight contender Ryan Garcia 22-0 (18) will be out to make a statement when he takes on former two-time world champion Javier Fortuna 37-3-1 (26) at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California on Saturday night.
It will be Garcia’s second fight this year following his 12-round points win over Emmanuel Tagoe in April. That victory came after more than a year out of the ring that Garcia said was due to mental health concerns.
Now that Garcia is over the hump and has had the chance to shake off the rust against Tagoe, he says he is ready to rumble.
“I’m determined to do something amazing, entertain the fans and give them a show. He wants to knock me out too so we’re going to come in and throw our punches and give the fans a great show,” the 23-year-old Garcia said.
“Now I’m focused and locked in. I’m ready to do my job. I’m done talking. I just bring my good energy and speak the truth.
“Many respectable athletes like that and want to come see me fight. People respect you when you’re good at what you do.”
At the final presser to promote the fight Fortuna gave Garcia his Chicago Bulls cap.
“We know what we do. I’m coming to fuck him up too. I don’t care if he gave me a hat or not.”
Dominican southpaw Fortuna, 33, isn’t expecting the fight to go the distance.
“Obviously there have been a couple of times in my career where I left it up to the judges and it wasn’t a good thing. It’s either he kills me or I kill him,” Fortuna said.
“Me giving you this hat, doesn’t guarantee I won’t break your face on Saturday. I don’t want any excuses.”
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya reflected on his own career and what it means to host shows at Crypto.com Arena, formerly known as the Staples Center.
“It feels good being among the best. Being born in East LA, growing up in LA. I feel very proud of having the statue at the Crypto. It’s an inspiration for generations to come,” De La Hoya said.
“When I started Golden Boy Promotions it was all about giving opportunities. Boxing has been everything to me so I’m very glad that I can give these opportunities to basically anyone who has a dream. This platform Golden Boy Boxing is something to take advantage of. We open up the doors and it’s up to the fighters to take advantage of it.
“I think it’s going to be a difficult fight for both fighters. You can’t count out the experience his opponent Fortuna has, he’s coming with everything. He has the tools to offset a young Ryan Garcia. I feel like it’s sink or swim for both guys. We know the fans are in for a treat.”