Golden Boy prospect Ryan Garcia gives back to the community
Feberuary 20, 2017
VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA - On a gloomy Saturday afternoon, hundreds of boxing fans gathered inside of Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery. It was an opportunity for the high desert community to come together and support 15x National Boxing Champion and newly signed Golden Boy Promotions prospect, “KingRy” Ryan Garcia. The Garcia family, along with his manager Roger Ruiz and several sponsors including So. Cal Pawn, Black Label Printing, Everlast, Boxstats and Victor Jack, hosted a meet and greet for Garcia.
The undefeated Garcia (8-0, 7 KO’s) took time to sign autographs and take pictures with fans, including one very special fan, Juliet Correa, who drove in with her family from Arizona for the opportunity to meet Garcia. As the event went along several other local boxers including Jerry Perez, Lawrence King and Ryan’s little brother, 6x National Champion Sean Garcia, were also recognized for their accomplishments. Then the music stopped and Garcia's mother, Lisa, grabbed the microphone, as it was time for a surprise.
Garcia, along with his investors, used the meet and greet as an opportunity to present the High Desert Boxing Club with a check for $1000 dollars and new Everlast boxing equipment for the gym.
Garcia is coming off an impressive second round knockout over Devon Jones, and looks to fight several more times this year. Garcia is trained by his father, Henry [Garcia], Jason Engleson and the legendary Andy “Pops” Anderson. Ryan is a 15x National Champion and has had over 200 fights in the amateurs, going 225-15 in a span of ten years. For the Garcia family, boxing has been a way of life. They moved to the High Desert (in California) 13 years ago, and for the last 11 years, Henry has used the family garage to not only to train Ryan and his younger son Sean, but has trained several kids off of the street.
Ryan who grew up idolizing the “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd “Money” Mayweather, recently sparred with the WBC World Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Vasyl Lomachenko and Yuriokis Gamboa. I spoke to Ryan about his amateur career and asked what the biggest difference between fighting amateur and professional is:
In the amateurs Ryan fought boxing prospect Devin Haney five times, beating him in three out of the five fights. Ryan fights at Featherweight and has trained at several gym’s in Southern California, including Ten Goose, Robert Garcia Boxing Academy and the Wild Card Boxing Club.
Garcia is a natural boxing talent who is charismatic, disciplined and has the confidence in himself to become a future world champion and pay-per-view superstar. In closing, Garcia said he’d like to thank everyone that has supported him through out the years and for all the youth of the High Desert, he encourages them to keep pushing and never give up because “dreams do come true.”
Anthony "Stacks" Saldaña is a contributing writer for FrontProofMedia.com. You can follow him on Twitter @StacksRingside
(Feature photo: Cynthia Saldaña/Frontproof Media)