Things were going smoothly, the kid was in control, showing ample skill and chill in the main event of the second Golden Boy/Facebook series Saturday evening in Indio, CA.
And then a jab, sharp and straight, buzzed Ryan Garcia..
..and the game changed. The 20 year old admitted after his 16th win that he got winded, and had to dig down to go ten and better Carlos Morales.
You saw it if you watched; three minutes seemed longer, meaner, as Garcia looked up at the clock several times in the last third of the fight, gauging how much longer til he'd get a break.
Garcia showed admirable class in giving Morales full props for testing him so fully and seemed to acknowledge that his ascent won't, maybe, be the moon shot variety, but instead will feature some more skill building and time for seasoning. He's willing to fight anyone, and that includes Gervonta Davis, he said in his post fight in ring chat, but time is on his side, so there's no rush.
Here is the release Golden Boy sent out after the win:
INDIO CALIF. (Sep. 1, 2018): Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (16-0, 13 KOs) of Victorville, California scored a majority decision victory against rugged contender Carlos “The Solution” Morales (17-3-3, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles, California before a sold-out crowd of 2,339 boxing fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in the ten-round main event of the Sept. 1 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch. Garcia won two scores of 98-92, while one judge scored it a 95-95 draw. The fight, which was contested in the lightweight division, was streamed live on Facebook Watch in the U.S. and globally on the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
“Morales a great fighter, and this fight showed me what I need to work on,” said Ryan Garcia. “I felt it was closer than what the scorecards had. It was a great fight. I felt I could have done more. I got a little winded by the end, but Morales came to fight. I'm young, and time is on my side. I will work on my craft and will be ready for anybody. Much respect goes to Morales. He was a game fighter.”
“He [Garcia] was holding too much,” said Carlos Morales. “Overall I feel I gave a good performance. He was a tough opponent. He's young and fast. He has some pop, but he doesn't hit that hard. I felt I won the fight.”
Neeco “The Rooster” Macias (17-0, 10 KOs) of Lancaster, California overwhelmed Marvin Cabrera (8-1, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles, California en route to a technical knockout win in tonight's co-main event, which was originally scheduled for eight rounds in the super welterweight division. The fight was stopped at the end of the sixth round after Cabrera had been pummeled in every round.
“I have a great team. I'm was the quintessential underdog, but miracles do happen,” said Neeco Macias. “A big thanks goes to Marvin Cabrera. I had to bring my best because I knew I was fighting him. I was just warming up in there. I took this style from the amateurs but now it's eight rounds instead of three!”
Patrick Teixeira (29-1, 22 KOs) of Sao Paulo, Brazil scored a unanimous decision victory against Nathaniel Gallimore (20-3-1, 17 KOs) of Evanston, Illinois in an eight-round middleweight fight. Teixeira won with three scores of 78-74.
“It was a good fight, but I have to get better,” said Patrick Teixeira. “He was a tough opponent. I want a title next. I have to work hard for that. I will stay in Oxnard, California and keep training.”
Kevin Ventura (10-0, 8 KOs) of Omaha Nebraska scored a victory against Eduardo Reyes (9-15, 6 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico in a six-round lightweight fight with scores of 59-54 58-55 59-54.
“I hurt my right hand in the second round,” said Kevin Ventura. “It hurt too much to throw. I would have easily knocked him out if it weren't for the injury. He was eating the right hands all night.”
Alex Rincon (5-0, 5 KOs) of Dallas, Texas scored a third-round technical knockout win against Osbaldo Gonzalez (6-3, 4 KOs) of Tulsa, Oklahoma in a middleweight fight scheduled for six rounds. The fight was stopped at 2:23 seconds of the aforementioned round.
“I felt good. I let people see what I'm made of,” said Alex Rincon. “I enjoy picking my shots, and I landed some really clean blows. All the glory goes to God for this victory.”
George Rincon (5-0, 2 KOs) of Dallas, Texas defeated Daniel Perales (10-14-1, 5KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico via unanimous decision in a four-round super lightweight fight with three scores of 40-35.
“I'm happy to get the victory,” said George Rincon. “I hurt my left hand in the last round and that was my jab hand. I also should have used by left hand more, but I'm grateful for the win.”
Sergey Lubkovich (9-0, 7 KOs) of Kostroma, Russia scored a TKO win against Juan Ruiz (21-3, 13 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico at the end of the second round of a scheduled eight-round super welterweight fight.
“I'm excited to win after training for so long,” said Sergey Luvkovich. “I had been training for three months for another tournament and this was a tough fight, so I'm happy it turned out this way. I'm going to rest now and hope to be in a fight against a tougher challenge before the year ends.”
Garcia vs. Morales was a 10-round lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy
Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate,“THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights took place on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The action was streamed live on Facebook Watch in the U.S. and globally on the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
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