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Top Rank boss Bob Arum wants Teofimo Lopez to fight Ryan Garcia before the end of 2021. Aru had talks with Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya and Eric Gomez, according to ESPN.
Arum wants Ryan Garcia to take on Javier Fortuna next, while Teofimo (16-0, 12 KOs) defends against his IBF mandatory George Kambosos Jr. The difficult thing would be to get Ryan Garcia to agree to a fight against a dangerous Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs).
“There is nothing to talk about, that fight is not going to take place,” Eric Gomez told ESPN Knockout on Friday about the Pacquiao vs. Ryan Garcia exhibition NOT happening. “There is nothing concrete, I do not see possibilities [of a Pacquiao vs. Garcia exhibition]. Teofimo’s is more feasible, it’s more feasible and it’s one of the fights that Ryan Garcia is obviously interested in.”
If Arum wants Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) to meet up with Teofimo later this year with his perfect record intact, Golden Boy needs to match the 22-year-old, via Boxing News 24.
“It would have to be this year,” Arum said to ESPN. “Because after that, Teofimo is going up to fight the winner of Taylor-Ramirez.”