A boxing match between Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, 33, and Ryan “The Flash” Garcia, 21, is an idea that came from the latter. The reigning bantamweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the reigning silver lightweight champion of the World Boxing Council recently exchanged messages on Twitter.
On May 9, 2020, Cejudo successfully defended his belt as the UFC Bantamweight Champion at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. He knocked out Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz, 34, of San Diego, California, USA in the co-main event of “UFC 249.”
On May 11, 2020, Garcia took to Twitter to challenge Cejudo in a boxing match. The latter was quick to respond by asking permission from UFC president Dana White to fight the undefeated boxer, who he described as someone who is trying to be like Mexican mixed martial arts promoter and retired boxer and Oscar De La Hoya, 47.
From 1992 to 2008, De La Hoya won multiple world titles in super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight. Like him, Cejudo and Garcia are Mexicans of Mexican descent.
De La Hoya, Cejudo and Garcia were all born in California. While Cejudo is 5’4″ and he fights in flyweight and bantamweight, Garcia is 5’10” and he competes in super featherweight and lightweight.
Cejudo was born in Los Angeles, California on February 9, 1987 and was a Olympic gold medalist as a freestyle wrestler. Competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2013, he holds a professional MMA record of 16 wins and 2 losses.
Garcia was born in Victorville, California on August 8, 1998 and he has been competing professionally as a boxer since 2016. He holds a professional boxing record of 17 wins and 0 loss.
Born in East Los Angeles, California on February 4, 1973, De La Hoya retired from boxing with a professional record of 39 wins and 6 losses. In 2002, he founded boxing and MMA promotion Golden Boy Promotions, which is based in Los Angeles.