Ghana's Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe To Face Ryan Garcia on April 9

Ghana's Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe To Face Ryan Garcia on April 9

Isaac Darko
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
  • Emmanuel Tagoe is set to fight Ryan Garcia in a non-title contest in April this year.
  • The Ghanaian boxer will be competing in the U.S. for just the second time.
  • The winner of the bout could face the WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr.

Ghanaian lightweight boxer, Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe will take on American boxer, Ryan Garcia, in a lightweight showdown in San Antonio on April 9 this year.

Garcia's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, announced the bout on his 49th birthday on Friday via his official Twitter handle.

The bout is scheduled for April 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio on DAZN, according to De La Hoya, who promotes Garcia.

Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs) has not fought since he scored a majority-decision victory over Mason Menard in October 2020 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Holywood in Florida. This will be the second time 33-year-old Tagoe will be competing in the U.S.

Tagoe’s promoter, Lou DiBella sounded a word of caution to Garcia’s camp over the challenge Tagoe could pose during the bout.

“Tagoe is a legit top lightweight kind of guy. Ryan’s been off for long time and he’s overcoming some issues. If Ryan is strong and himself we’re gonna get a terrific fight. Sure, Ryan is the favorite but Tagoe is a real fighter and Ryan is going to need to be 100 percent to beat Tagoe. It’s an interesting selection for Ryan coming back and a real fight, and good fight to see where Ryan is.

For Garcia, it will be his first since January 2021, when he produced a splendid display to defeat Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell in the seventh-round via TKO.

Ghana's Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe to face Ryan Garcia in April
Emmanuel “Game Boy” vs Ryan Garcia SOURCE: Twitter/firtszsports
Source: Twitter

Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) was slated to fight Javier Fortuna in July 2021, but he withdrew from the fight to address his mental health. A bout against Joseph Diaz Jr., set for November 2021, was cancelled after Garcia suffered a wrist injury while training that required surgery.

Gracia was thankful to Tagoe for accepting to fight him.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)