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Ryan Garcia odds: Can Emmanuel Tagoe pull off the upset in the Alamo City?

Joseph Herron Updated
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Slick Ghanian boxer Emmanuel Tagoe has signed a co-promotional deal with Probellum and DiBella Entertainment, and he is ready to cause a major upset this weekend.

The 33-year-old contender heads to the world-renowned Alamodome on Saturday night to face the returning Ryan Garcia, one of the unbeaten stars of a lightweight division brimming with talent.

A former IBO title holder, Tagoe will start as a massive 8 to 1 (+800) betting underdog but ‘The Gameboy’, widely considered to be one of the top ten fighters at 135lbs, cares very little about the odds and the man from the proud boxing city of Accra is in a “dangerous” mood.

Garcia, considered to be a better than 16 to 1 (-1667) betting favorite, is being groomed as the heir apparent to the lightweight throne.

The lightning-fast Tagoe is refusing to kneel to ‘King Ry’.

“Nobody is expecting me to win this fight but mark my words; there is an upset on the cards in San Antonio this weekend,” declared Emmanuel Tagoe (32-1, 15KO).

“I respect Garcia’s ability but he’s accepted a challenge against one of the best fighters in the Lightweight division and, let me tell you, it’s a whole different ball game at this level."

Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum, said: “History has shown that Ghana produces world-class boxers, and Emmanuel Tagoe will remind everyone of that fact in Texas this weekend."

“For Probellum to be able to co-promote Emmanuel and help him reaffirm his position as a flag bearer for boxing in his homeland, it's a real honor for our company.

“He is in a brilliant fight with Ryan Garcia and we believe that Tagoe will shock the world on Saturday night.”

Another lifelong member of the boxing community genuinely believes the hard-nosed Ghanian will indeed give Ryan Garcia everything he can handle in the ring.

"Emmanuel Tagoe is one of the top boxing talents from Ghana and is on a 32-fight winning streak,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.

“He is hungry, determined, and dangerous as he enters the biggest fight of his life against Ryan Garcia."

"The attention that Probellum is paying the Ghanaian boxing scene makes them a natural co-promoter for Emmanuel as his career progresses through Garcia and beyond."

Although Garcia hasn't competed in the ring since stopping former Olympian Luke Campbell in January of 2021, Tagoe's period of inactivity is actually a bit greater.

His most recent outing was in November of 2020, in which he gutted out a competitive majority decision against hard-punching Mason Menard.

Will the lengthy period outside the ring hurt Emmanuel's chances this weekend?

Tagoe believes his experience and athletic ability will prove to be the difference against Ryan Garcia.

“Saturday night will mark the second stage of my career, and with the backing of Probellum and DiBella Entertainment, I am determined to show the world what Ghanian fighters are all about.”

Garcia vs. Tagoe will take place this Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas, and will be televised live on DAZN.

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