Garcia Survives Late Rally From Morales
Ryan Garcia moved one step closer to a world title opportunity with a victory over fellow contender Carlos Morales.
On a boxing card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Garcia improved his unbeaten record to 16-0 with a majority decision win over Morales in the main event (98-92, 95-95, 98-92).
Garcia had taken control of the fight for the first six rounds or so, outboxing his Mexican opponent and battering his face with dozens of power punches. Even though Morales had scored a few solid right hands throughout the first half of the fight, Garcia was still comfortably ahead on the scorecards.
But Morales started to catch fire in the seventh round when his left hook started to connect and Garcia started to wither for a bit. Morales stunned Garcia late in the fight with a hard jab as Garcia started to look tired and was watching the timer on the big screen, hoping to see the last few rounds end quickly. In the end, Morales’ late rally proved to be inefficient as Garcia was already ahead by too many points on two of the three scorecards for it to really make a difference,
After the fight, Garcia said in an interview that he believed the fight to be much closer than what the scorecards indicated. Among a number of different reasons, Garcia did admit that fatigue played a role in him looking a little winded in the second half of the fight.
In regards to a potential showdown with WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis, Garcia, who is the No. 6 boxer in the WBA’s rankings at 130 pounds, simply stated that his youth gives him plenty of time to prepare for anyone and if given time, he can be ready to face anyone in the division.