Even though many believe that Ryan Garcia should roll over Emmanuel Tagoe in their upcoming battle, things aren’t always simple as we think. This is boxing, and one wild punch changes the entire picture of the match. Also, too many fans forgot that Tagoe had won several titles already. But we can’t blame them, as Garcia stands as one of the biggest talents in this sport. So far, he’s been perfect, posting crazy wins and performances.
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Garcia is 21-0 right now. Though, his last battle was back in January 2021, when he defeated the Brit, Luke Campbell. It was a seventh-round TKO, which brought him the WBC interim lightweight title. It was also one of few times in his career to see him in trouble, as Campbell dropped Garcia during the second round. Though the 23-year old regrouped and went on to beat the rival, we may say easily.
What many believe could be a problem for the American, is the ring rust because he made a long break after this victory. Mental health and a hand surgery took some time away from him. Yet, for others, this is a good thing, as Garcia had time to clear his mind and add a few more tricks to his arsenal.
We don’t need to talk about his sill set too much, because Garcia stands as one of the most talented boxers in the world. His incredible speed and excellent punching power were proved already. Five of the latest fights were via KO, the latest one in the fifth round, three inside the opening two.
Tagoe is 32-1, with the sole loss coming at his debut back home in Ghana. After that, the fantastic boxer had 32 victories. So it is no wonder why he holds numerous belts: IBO lightweight belt, WBA international lightweight belt, IBF international, and WBO global lightweight. We wrote all these on purpose just for you to realize that this guy is no joke at all.
First of all, he is 33 years old, meaning that he possesses enough experience. Second of all, 17 of his victories have come via decision, meaning that Tagoe has a good tactical approach. The thing that does raise a bit of uncertainty about this guy is only two matches outside Ghana. He did win both, but still, we are sure that Tagoe never had this many fans against him like on Saturday night.
He doesn’t have any particular weapon or aspect of his fight that stands out, but is solid in all areas. He’s been working with Javiel Centeno, who coached Geroge Kambosos Jr. According to Centeno’s words, Tagoe is one of the smartest boxers he ever trained.
Garcia is a massive favorite, 0.04, and we believe that he will win this event. But in our opinion, this victory won’t come easy. As said, Tagoe is an excellent fighter, and he will manage to resist Garcia’s attacks and force a decision. Also, we are sure that the American himself won’t be too open and aggressive right away following his 14-month pause.