It seems that the ongoing war between Ryan Garcia and Canelo Alvarez might see a truce.
The relationship between the up-and-coming lightweight star Garcia and multiple-time boxing champion Canelo hasn't been easy. The pair shared the same coach, Eddy Reynoso, for a while, and they even fought on the same card in November 2019, but recently things have gone downhill with both fighters taking shots at each other through media and social declarations. Ahead of his upcoming fight with Javier Fortuna at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on July 16, Garcia wanted to bury the hatchet. In an exclusive interview with InsideFighting's Andrew Capucetti, Garcia said he would love to see Canelo ringside, offering even him first-row tickets.
You know what? He can pull up. If he wants, he could hit me up. I'm getting him tickets, you know what I mean? He can get them himself, but if he wants to personally ask me, I'll give him tickets. I'll put him in the first row. I'd love him to be there and see me fighting somebody else.
23-year-old Garcia is looking for his 23rd consecutive win. In his latest appearance, he dominated former International Boxing Organization lightweight titleholder Emmanuel Tagoe. While "KingRy" knocked down his opponent in the second period, Tagoe put his experience to work and survived to fight all 12 rounds. Ultimately, the cageside judges drew 119-108, 119-108, and 118-109 scorecards for Garcia, who took home a unanimous decision victory. It was Garcia's first fight in more than 15 months, yet he didn't show any ring rust. Overall, Garcia has scored 18 wins by knockout or technical knockouts. Now, he is focusing only on Fortuna and wants no beef with someone else, especially with Canelo.
I would definitely love to make amend to people, forgive people. I believe in forgiveness, and I'm just the type of person to forgive really quick. I don't want that negative or bad blood with anybody. I just... Let's be cool, man. I'll come to your fights and do your thing. I don't have nothing against you at all.
Someone who won't be watching Garcia competing from the front row is boxing living legend Floyd Mayweather Jr., who doesn't look very interested in the famous fighter. When asked by InsideFighting's Andrew Capucetti whether he would attend the event, Mayweather stated that he didn't know there was a big boxing event in town.
There's a lot of Ryans, which one are you talking about? I didn't even know [Ryan Garcia] was fighting.
The forthcoming clash between Garcia and Fortuna will headline an exciting card that will air on DAZN starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m PT. In the co-main event, Alexis Rocha and Luis Veron will lock horns at welterweight. The lineup also features an interesting WBA Junior Lightweight eliminator between Lamont Roach Jr. and Angel Rodriguez.