By Dan Ambrose: Ryan Garcia will be taking a step up fight against Avery Sparrow on September 14 LIVE on DAZN in a Golden Boy Promotions card. The fight could take place in Carson, California. There’s still now word whether the unbeaten 20-year-old lightweight contender Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) will be the headliner on the September 14th card or not.
Ryan wants to fight on his own cards, but he’ll need to start fighting talented opposition for it to make sense. Sparrow (10-1, 3 KOs) is a move in the right direction for the young stork-like 5’10” Garcia for him to become a headliner attraction, but he’s still far from the guys that he needs to be fighting. Garcia needs to be fighting the premier contenders at lightweight like Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Zaur Abdullaev, Masayoshi Nakatani, Jose Pedraza, Jorge Linares or Luke Campbell.
Garcia is built like a bird, and he’s not rugged enough to be put in with the better fighters at lightweight. Ryan is like a younger version of Japanese fighter Nakatani. In other words, Garcia is a limited fighter. You can’t plug him in with any of the talented fighters at lightweight like Vasiliy Lomachenko, Richard Commey, Teofimo or Campbell and expect him to beat them.
Ryan Garcia hasn’t displayed the talent required to fight better opposition
Thus far, Ryan hasn’t exhibited the kind of talent needed for him to be put in fights against those type of contenders. Age is not an excuse either for Garcia, because Devin Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) is the same age as him at 20, and he’s being stepped up to fight for the vacant WBO lightweight title against Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KOs) on September 13. Haney is a stronger, more advanced fighter than Ryan Garcia at this point.
Sparrow, 25, recently beat former light welterweight world title challenger Hank Lundy (29-8-1, 14 KOs) by a close 10 round majority decision last March. The scores were 95-93, 96-92, and 94-94. Lundy is 35-years-old, and not the guy that he used to be. Sparrow’s victory over him has to be seen as a situation where he caught him at the right time, because he would likely lost to a younger Lundy.