Ryan Garcia Dreams Big: Naoya Inoue Showdown in Japan? Fans Remain Skeptical

By Robert Segal - 01/30/2024 - Comments

Light welterweight contender Ryan Garcia dreams of a mega-fight against Naoya Inoue at 140 in Japan, which he believes would be “one of the biggest PPVs of all time.”

The 31-year-old four-division world champion Inoue (26-0, 23 KOs) fights at 122 and would need to move up in weight by 18 lbs for Ryan Garcia to realize his vision of a massive pay-per-view clash against him.

It sounds crazy for the 25-year-old Ryan to even consider such a fight, given that he’s never won a world title and seems to be transforming into a celebrity boxer.

He hasn’t done anything as a professional to deserve a fight with Inoue. He’s just popular because of his 11 million Instagram followers, and those aren’t boxing fans. Many are just teenagers who are into Ryan, an influencer for them.

Ryan has a habit of fantasizing about different fights and failing to stay attentive to what’s in front of them, which, in this case, is a potential clash against Devin Haney on April 20th.

The Weight Gap

“I believe Inoue can become a multiple-weight world champion. So, I’m thinking, what if one day we end up fighting? I’m talking about the future, and we do it in Japan. It’ll be huge,” said Ryan Garcia on social media, dreaming of fighting Naoya Inoue, who recently moved up to super bantamweight at 122 lbs and would need to move up another four divisions to fight him at 140.

“Mark my words. If that fight plays out that way, that fight will be one of the biggest PPVs of all time. Remember, I just said that,” said Kingry.

If the fight did happen, Inoue would likely win regardless of the weight because he has a lot of skills and hand speed going for him. Unlike Ryan, he’s a real fighter who lacks the technical ability and ring IQ and has yet to prove himself against true top-ten caliber opposition at 140.

Ryan’s career as a boxer could soon be further degraded if he goes ahead with his plans to challenge Devin Haney for his WBC light welterweight title on April 20th on DAZN PPV. Most boxing fans believe Ryan has no chance of winning that fight and will be embarrassed by Haney.

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