Garcia, who was last in the ring against Keith Thurman in March of 2017, will be looking to get back in the win column after suffering his first pro defeat.
Rios, after taking almost a two year layoff from November 2015 to June 2017, returned against Aaron Herrera this year–a fight he won by seventh-round knockout.
“It is going to be a great fight. I know he’s ready. I will be ready,” said Rios (via Boxing Scene). “It is going to be a good fight. I’ve wanted this fight for a long time but it didn’t work it because of the promotions. Now I am with the right people and they set it up for me.”
Garcia, who has been called out all year by the likes of Errol Spence Jr. and Luis Collazo, opted for a less-active opponent to face in his return.
But Rios feels refreshed after his layoff and at 31 years of age is ready to apply himself to his craft once again.
“I needed it so bad. Just so many wars after wars. Back to back. Just constantly dieting and sh*t,” said Rios. “I needed to take a step back. Take a breather and just remember the drive that helped me to get the drive back to become a champion again. I had to take a step back and see if I really wanted to do this still and it helped a lot.”
The rumored co-main event on Showtime will be a rematch between WBC Super Middleweight titleholder, David Benavidez and Ronald Gavril.
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