Ryan Garcia Wins at Honda

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Ryan Garcia Blows Out Francisco Fonseca at Honda Center


By Lauren Rodriguez


ANAHEIM, CA- Romance was in full swing as those in love with each other and the sport of boxing packed the Honda Center for Golden Boy Promotions’ highly anticipated Valentines fight night. The arena was filled with 10,310 attendees, in their best attire despite the holiday and Friday traffic.


The main event of the night, fighting for the WBC Silver lightweight title was between rising prospect, Ryan Garcia (19-0, 16 KO’s) and Nicaragüense fighter Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2, 19 KO’s).


Garcia, defending his WBC Silver lightweight title brought the bout to a halt after only 1:20 seconds of the first round, with a left hook that dropped Fonseca immediately. Garcia improves to 20 wins, 17 by way of knockout.


“He was shocked, that was no words type of shocked… I was going to celebrate but then I was like nah, he’s still not up. I thought he was going to get to his senses but he was out,” Garcia stated.


Garcia, who was named 2017 prospect of the year by ESPN and holds a total of 4.9 million social media followers, is fast becoming a star in and out of the ring.


Next, Golden Boy promotions and Garcia are planning a fight against Jorge Linares at Staples Center in the upcoming months. Garcia stated that the location doesn’t matter to him and that he is even willing to fight the Venezuelan on a Canelo undercard.


“He’s a good fighter, he’s explosive…but he’s not going to set me up.”


After the fight, legendary boxer and hall of famer, Bernard Hopkins sat beside Garcia in Garcia’s locker room.


“You could see that he’s going to be a great fighter, could have said good, could have even said champion, in the world we live in today,” said Bernard Hopkins from the locker room.


Jorge Linares


The co-main event between lightweights, Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (46-5, 28 KO’s) and Carlos Morales (19-4-4, 8 KO’s) was nothing short of action packed. Every moment was filled with speed as the two speedy fighters played chess with their fists.


Linares, carrying the same legendary moniker as De La Hoya, once again showcased nothing but gold. The scheduled 12-round bout began swiftly, Linares throwing a hefty uppercut to Morales and finishing with a combo as the crowd went wild. By the fourth round Linares’ quick right hand and left hook combo knocked Morales over, bringing the bout to an end. The fight ended at 2:09 of the fourth round. Linares moves to 57 wins, making this his 28th by way of knockout.


Other Bouts


The fight for the WBC continental Americas welterweight title between Alexis Rocha (15-0, 10 KO’s) and Brad Solomon (28-1, 9 KO’s) had fans cheering from start to finish. Rocha, a Santa Ana native sold an outstanding 900 tickets. Rocha had fans cheering throughout the bout as he threw some hefty punches. By the 10th round, Solomon attempted to step up his power, throwing an impressive uppercut, causing a shower of sweat to spray. The bout was scored, 100-89, 99-90 and 97-92 with Rocha as victor. Rocha remains undefeated with 16 wins to his name.


“I give so Brad Solomon much respect… I just want to thank everyone who bought tickets, thanks for supporting me,” said Rocha after his win.


The 10-round fight between Blair “The Flair” Cobbs and Samuel Kotey (23-2, 16 KO’s) generated more boo’s than, “WOOO’s.” Cobbs, who sported heartbreak trunks, with the expression, “WOO” on the back, incited the crowd with his commonly used term prior to the bout. The fight, which was hoped to be one of the most entertaining of the night, instead dragged on. Many were hoping for a knockout, especially after the tough words exchanged between the opponents at the media conference prior in the week. Kotey, at the media event, had been so worked up that he threw off his sweater and explicitly expressed his certainty at finishing his opponent. The fight went the scheduled 10 rounds and earned scores of 95-95, 96-93 and 96-93 with Cobbs as the split-decision winner. This brings Cobbs to 14 wins, leaving the flamboyant fighter undefeated.


More Bouts


The four round lightweight match between Alejandro Reyes (2-0, 2 KO’s) and Nelson Colon (4-1, 3 KO’s) was action packed every second. With both fighters keeping the bout close, throwing one hit after the other and at times turning it into a brawl. The fight was scored 40-36 and 39-37, a unanimous decision placing Reyes as winner.


The fight between super middleweights, Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (4-0, 3 KO’s) and Oscar Cortez (27-14 KO’s) The Uzbekistani stopped the show in the first round. Within the first seconds of the round, Cortes was knocked to his knees twice. Bektemir remains undefeated with 5 wins, 4 by knockout.


The 6-round fight between featherweights, Tenochititan Nava (8-2, 1 KO) defeated Anthony Casillas (8-2) after six rounds by scores 58-56.


The welterweight fight between Evan Sanchez (6-0, 5 KO’s) Daniel Evangelista (20-11-2) was cut short by way of knockout in round 2 of the scheduled six, Sanchez as winner. Sanchez remains undefeated with 7 wins and 6 by knockout.