Ryan Garcia Returns Against Jose Lopez In Main Event Of
Stacked Golden Boy Card On March 30
Popular lightweight prospect Ryan Garcia (17-0, 14 KOs) will
look to inch closer to a world title opportunity when he
returns against Jose "Wonder Boy" Lopez (20-3-1, 14 KOs) in
a 10-round battle that will headline a stacked night of
Golden Boy action. The event will take place on Saturday,
March 30, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio,
Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN .
"These are the kinds of fights that Ryan Garcia must win to
become a world champion," said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and
Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. "He has all the makings
of a global star, so it will be interesting to see how he
can overcome this challenge. At the same time, Lopez is a
tough fighter who really needs a win, so he'll do everything
he can to end Ryan's undefeated streak. I expect a sold-out
crowd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino to be present for a
full card of action and on the best platform in boxing, DAZN."
Garcia is a rising talent who had a spectacular year in
2018, fighting four times and earning the NABF and NABO
Super Featherweight Titles. The 20-year-old native of
Victorville, Calif. also made an important change to his
stable, adding Eddy Reynoso as his head trainer before
stopping Braulio "El Chavo" Rodriguez in his last bout.
Garcia plans to demonstrate new skills as he seeks to earn a
shot at a title.
"I'm excited to come back for my first fight of 2019," said
Ryan Garcia."We sold out Fantasy Springs last March when I
knocked out Fernando Vargas, and I expect this fight to be
exactly the same: a big win in front of a huge crowd. Let's
get this win!"
Lopez is a 24-year-old contender who has earned two regional
titles since making his debut in September 2011. The native
of Carolina, Puerto Rico has fought the likes of Jonathan "Polvo"
Oquendoand Avery Sparrow. Lopez's biggest win was against
Miguel Angel "Miguelito" Gonzalez in April of last year, and
he'll look to prevent Garcia from becoming a big star in the
"I'm very excited for this opportunity," said Jose Lopez.
"Ryan is a great fighter and a top prospect at Golden Boy. I
know the challenge that I have in front of me, and I am
getting ready to make a great fight. I will get the victory
no matter what."
"This is a great fight for both fighters," said Miguel
Cotto, President of Miguel Cotto Promotions. "This will be a
classic battle between two young lions. Anything can happen
inside the ring, so you can't miss this fight."
In the co-main event, hard-hitting Angel "Tito" Acosta
(19-1, 19 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will defend his WBO
Light Flyweight Title against Ganigan "El Maravilla" Lopez
(35-8, 19 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a 12-round battle.
Acosta, who is part of a co-promotion with Miguel Cotto
Promotions, is coming off a sensational first-round knockout
win over Abraham "Choko"Rodriguez in October 2018.
Rising super featherweight Eduardo "Rocky" Hernandez(27-0,
24 KOs) will make his debut in the United States when he
takes on Ibrahim Class (22-5, 10 KOs) of Dar es Salaam,
Tazania in a 10-round clash. Hernandez is co-promoted by
Promociones del Pueblo as Golden Boy looks to introduce yet
another future Mexican star to an even larger audience.
NABO Featherweight Champion Joet Gonzalez (21-0, 12 KOs)
will defend his regional strap in a 10-round fight.
Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (27-1, 17 KOs) will return to
the ring after his first world title opportunity in a
10-round super lightweight fight.
Danielito Zorrilla (10-0, 8 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
will participate in an eight-round battle in the super
Neeco "The Rooster" Macias (17-1, 10 KOs) will look to
bounce back from his first loss in an eight-round super
Herbert "Ace" Acevedo (15-2, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif.
will fight in an eight-round 140-pound battle.
Aaron "Silencer" McKenna (6-0, 4 KOS) of Monaghan, Ireland
will return in a six-round welterweight fight against
Loretto Olivas (3-0, 1 KO) of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Rommel Caballero (5-0, 4 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. will
participate in a six-round super featherweight bout.
Opponents for the undercard fighters will be announced