Hector Luis Garcia and Lamont Roach Jr. have set a date and location for their WBA super featherweight bout. The news was announced yesterday as part of the revealing of the three-fight undercard of David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade, which is scheduled for November 25 in Las Vegas taking place at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
ProBox TV News reached out to the father, and lead trainer of Lamont Roach Jr., which is Lamont Roach Sr.
"The wait is over and Lamont Jr is ready to show the world he is one of the best and put his name in the history books," said Lamont Roach Sr exclusively to ProBoxTV News. "November 25th tuned in to Showtime PPV."
The journey has been very long for the Roach family. Roach was set as the mandatory challenger earlier this year as TGP Promotions with the winning bid of $410,000. Per the WBA's rules for mandated matches, 75 percent of the purse, which amounts to $307,500, will go to Garcia, while 25 percent, equivalent to $102,500, will be awarded to Roach. Though the bout was ordered by the WBA on March 20 it has been a long round to this point.
“He couldn’t run for long, but we’re finally here,” said Roach. “I’m extremely excited for this fight and this opportunity. The world is going to get used to their new world champion and it starts when I get my hand raised on November 25.”
Garcia won his world title over Roger Gutierrez but started the year off by being stopped in the ninth round via technical knockout to Gervonta Davis on pay-per-view. That bout was at lightweight and took place on January 7th, with that being Gacia's last fight to date.
Roach, will end a 16-month layoff when he faces Garcia. Roach will be fighting for his second world title after losing a very disputed bout to Jamel Herring in November 2019. Roach's most recent victory saw him win a title eliminator against Angel Rodriguez in July 2022 to put him in this position.
In addition to Garcia-Roach, the pay-per-view undercard will be a twelve-round co-feature between WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo and Jose Benavidez Jr. The bout will see also, Puerto Rico's Subriel Matias will defend his IBF junior welterweight title against Uzbekistan's Shohjahon Ergashev on the telecast as well.