Garcia and Linares expected to clash in July

By Miguel Maravilla

Lightweights Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) of Victorville, California, and former three-division world champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) of Venezuela both scored devastating knockout victories Friday night in Anaheim, California, to set up an expected summer showdown.

Garcia made quick work of Nicaragua’s Francisco Fonseca (25-3-2, 19 KOs) scoring an 80 second knockout. “I was hoping it would last longer. You tell everyone I’m here. I’m ready for anything,” Garcia told Fightnews.com®.

Linares scored a fourth round KO over Los Angeles’s own Carlos Morales (19-5-4, 8 KOs) in the co-feature. He also suffered a small cut near his left eye, but that won’t prevent the fight with Garcia. “I’m happy with my win. My cut is fine and I should be good for a fight with Garcia. Congratulations to him, let’s do this,” Linares told us.

July 11th is the expected date for the Garcia-Linares fight and it is scheduled to be held at Staples Center.

“I’m going straight back to the gym. That’s the fight I’ve wanted. You will all be shocked when I beat Linares,” Garcia said

“I’m ready to do this. Now it’s time to go back to Japan, rest a bit, then back to the gym,” Linares commented.

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  • should be a good fight as long as Linares comes to fight and not to get paid Garcia has a suspect chin and has been rocked by guys with very low KO ratios and if Linares tags him we will see him past his next test

  • If Ryan Garcia beats Jorge Linares, then in my opinion, Ryan Garcia is the real deal. Linares is still a top lightweight and after this match up, I would like to see Linares against Devin Haney.

    • Ansel: Honestly, i think as long as it is a great fight, it wld make Ryan the real deal. I like Ryan alot BUT im a bigger Linares fan. Im torn on this one. Experience vs Youth. Cant wait!!!

  • Linares has to much experience for Garcia at this point. The kid needs several more fights before he goes in there with Linares. When Linares is on, he is an extremely dangerous fighter. Let the kid get some experience, really what is the rush?

  • This will be a big test for Garcia. Linares is a great boxer with power, speed and experience. But, Garcia is lighting quick with power in his left hand. Should be a great fight and if Garcia wins, I believe he will be ready for a title shot.

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