Rolly Romero Open To Facing Ryan Garcia In 2024
Garcia stopped Duarte in the eighth round, after which he turned his attention to Romero. Garcia called out the fighter in his post-fight press conference. The latter is the current holder of the WBA belt at 140, which would give Garcia the chance to become a world champion for the first time.
Both fighters are outspoken. Therefore, the fight would have no problems in selling. Garcia has a massive Instagram following that exceeds 10 million. Meanwhile, Romero has demonstrated that he is capable of headlining a big event, just as Garcia had done with the Davis fight.
Rolly On Garcia
“I’ve been calling him out since April 20th, 2017. It’s a fight that has been long-awaited by me, the boxing media, and the fans. It’s one of those mega-fights. You get me, the greatest salesman in the world. Then you get pretty princess [Ryan] over there. It sounds like a good time. I hope so. I’m still dealing with some stuff on my end. I haven’t been well, but I think that sounds beautiful. I’m healing.
“I don’t want to say too much because maybe I say two or three words, and maybe he [Ryan Garcia] gets depression and retires for a year, or we don’t know what’s really there. Maybe he’s speaking out of his a**. Maybe it’s some bull s***. We don’t know. But I know if the fight does get signed, it’s going to be one of the biggest fights this year [correction: 2024],” Romero said
Outside of Romero, there are three other potential opponents that Garcia could face. Devin Haney is preparing to face Regis Prograis on December 9th, 2023. The winner will become the new WBC champion at 140 with Prograis’ belt on the line. A fight with Garcia would then make sense, given that it would allow the former to target a world title, as well as pitting two of the most exciting boxers around.
In addition, Teofimo Lopez may also offer up an intriguing fight. Oscar De La Hoya had initially teased the idea after stating that a fight on Super Bowl weekend could make sense. Although that may have been the case, Lopez confirmed that he had turned down a $1.5 million offer on the grounds that the purse was not big enough.
Even though De La Hoya denied making an offer but rather just had a discussion about purse splits, Lopez did not rule out a fight if the number was bigger. And to round things off, a bout with Shakur Stevenson could materialize. Garcia was vocal about facing the fighter on the grounds that he had been unimpressed by his win over Edwin De Los Santos at 135 to win the WBC belt. As such, the aim was to humble the fighter for disrespecting his skills. So either way, Garcia has plenty of options.
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