Josh O'Reilly Defends NABA Crown Against Golden Garcia In
Showdown Of Undefeated Canadians May 9
On Saturday, May 9, United Boxing Promotions (UBP) presents
Josh "Dubs" O'Reilly (16-0-0, 6KOs) of Hamilton, Ontario,
defending his NABA lightweight championship and top-ten
world ranking against undefeated Montreal prospect Golden
Garcia (11-0-2, 6KOs) at the CAA Centre in Brampton,
"It's make or break for both guys," said UBP's Tyler Buxton.
"Josh needs to keep proving himself to get that elusive
world title shot. Golden needs to win a fight like this to
break into the rankings and continue his own journey to the
top. I think it will be the toughest fight of both guys'
O'Reilly won his NABA title against Alberta's "Irish" Cam
O'Connell (17-3-1, 10KOs) last January and successfully
defended the honour against Oscar Mejia (14-4-1, 6KOs) of
Mexico in May. Coming into this contest, O'Reilly is ranked
#7 by the World Boxing Association, sitting within striking
distance of champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Gervonta Davis.
"I'm knocking on the door of a world title," explained
O'Reilly. "I'm very close to some big things. Golden has a
lot to gain in this fight and he'll come in ready to win.
I'm excited! It's an intriguing match up for the fans.
Golden is a tough, game fighter, who can really punch. I'm
looking forward to a tough training camp, I'm going to need
to be sharp. We are going to be in the best shape possible
and come out aggressive. I am looking to get the stoppage,
then land some bigger fights when I'm done with Golden."
Garcia shook up the west coast fight scene last year,
battling Hector Garcia (14-7-4, 8KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, to
a draw in California. Far better than his record suggests,
Hector Garcia previously went the distance with both Devin
Haney and Juan Carlos Burgos. The O'Reilly fight, however,
is a different animal entirely. With a convincing victory,
the Montreal battler could leap onto the world boxing radar
"From what Iíve seen, O'Reilly always looks sharp," said
Garcia. "He's tall and rangy, but seems like heís
comfortable fighting from the outside or even in closer.
Either way, Iíll have to be at my best to beat him and I
think weíll give the crowd a good fight. Itís a really good
opportunity for me to start making a name for myself. Things
were slow for me in 2019, so I want to remind everyone who I
am and why Iím still unbeaten. Plus, boxing fans these days
seem to love shiny belts, so that title should help me get
bigger and better fights down the line."