There will be a newfound family affair Saturday at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas.
For the first time in their young professional careers, brothers Ryan and Sean Garcia will be fighting on the same card.
Sean Garcia (5-0, 2 KOs) will set the stage and begin the DAZN stream in a four-round lightweight bout against Rene Marquez (5-5). In the main event, Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) will take on Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs).
“These are the kind of moments that we dreamed of, and it’s finally come true,” Ryan Garcia told BoxingScene.com in an interview. “We came a long way and spent a lot of years working toward this. We’re going to do something amazing together. I’m going to put my whole heart on the line for the fans.”
The 22-year-old Ryan has been boxing since the age of 7 and compiled a 215-15 amateur record before turning pro. The 20-year-old Sean has been boxing since the age of 8 and amassed a 159-16 amateur record before turning professional.
“Sean is a fantastic fighter. He has speed, he has power. He’s explosive. We’ll see where life takes us,” said Ryan. “We both have goals in our career. We both have dreams. We’re both going to be going for it. I hope we both do amazing things on our paths.”
Sean said he might one day veer on a completely separate path because he has aspirations of joining the police academy and becoming a cop as soon as he turns 21.
“Boxing is there, and I’m ready to fight. I don’t know if I’m going to take it as far as Ryan,” Sean Garcia told BoxingScene.com in an interview. “My brother and I have amazing talents and gifts. We’re doing something different. We’re not just going to be a great boxing pair. It’s going to be way bigger than boxing, and we’re going to do it together.”
Sean said he was inspired to start a new career path by his uncle Robert “Sweep” Quesada, a sheriff for the Burbank Police Department in Southern California. Quesada is the brother of Sean and Ryan’s mother Lisa.
“I always looked up to him,” said Sean. “I always wanted to become a cop, just like I wanted to become a boxer. After my boxing career, I want to have a career to fall back on.”
Like Ryan, Sean is trained by Eddy Reynoso and father and assistant coach Henry Garcia.
“Sean loves boxing, there is no question about it,” Henry Garcia told BoxingScene.com in an interview. “They’re both ready, and we’re excited as a family. Their hard work and sacrifices have brought us closer, and we’re appreciating it now.”
Sean, nicknamed “Sugar Rush'' because he has a history of chowing down candy bars before fights — his preferred confection being a Big Hunk or a Snickers — described himself as a slick, smart and fast fighter.
“For this fight, I want to throw all of the fancy stuff out of the window and knock this guy out,” said Sean. “I’m going to see how boxing goes and keep riding the wave and keep training. That’s all there is to it. I just want to keep fighting big fights against other prospects [like Raymond Ford] who they think can’t be beaten. I don’t want to take the slow route.
“Me and my brother are best friends. It’s going to be a historic day. We’re going to win together. It will be the beginning of something great.”
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