Garcia Thanks Emmanuel Tagoe: “I Respect You For Taking The Fight”

Ryan Garcia to Face Emmanuel Tagoe in San Antonio, Texas

Ryan Garcia and Emmanuel Tagoe poses with title belts
Ryan Garcia (left), Emmanuel Tagoe

Ryan Garcia Revisits Fight with Emmanuel Tagoe

Former WBC lightweight Interim champion Ryan “King Ry” Garcia (21-0, 18 KO) will finally return to the ring since defeating Luke Campbell in January 2021. King Ry has backtracked to face a fighter from his past to in Emmanuel “The Gameboy” Tagoe (32-1, 15ko).


Garcia got stuck in quicksand after that big win over Campbell in 2021. Fans saw him overcome adversity by getting up off the canvas early in the fight to win by seventh-round knockout. The Californian went from being on cloud nine to looking up at everyone in the division from the dungeon.

He successfully baited three-divisional champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis to agree to a fight. Garcia would then divert attention away from Tank, hoping to land an even bigger payday with living legend Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao. Unfortunately, he did not get the fight and ultimately needed time off to deal with mental health issues.

Upon returning to the sport, the former Interim champion pulled out of fights with Javier Fortuna and Joseph Diaz. Garcia was hit with the tag of pulling out of fights that made boxing fans and fighters wonder if he truly desired to fight. This could explain why there was no movement on his attempt at trying to fight former world title challenger Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz.


King Ry was unable to turn smoke into a fire and reached back into the past, finally landing an opponent. In 2020, Garcia sat in a good position with both the WBC and WBO as he was ordered to fight their perspective fighters in a title eliminator. The WBC put Campbell on the table and the WBO offered up Tagoe as their challenger.

We all know how things turned out as Garcia picked Campbell and decided to go the route of the WBC. Ironically, King Ry is going to cross paths with Tagoe once again. However, this time it is The Gameboy that decided to accept the challenge, receiving praise from Garcia.

Ryan Garcia thanks Emmanuel Tagoe for accepting a fight that others would not

The event’s scheduled time and place will be April 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, live on DAZN. Feeling pumped and ready to give the fans a show, Garcia posted a message to the Texas boxing fans.

Ryan Garcia tells fans Texas will be his second home

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By: Garrisson Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."