Garcia KO’s Duarte & Then Calls Out 2 Opponents

Ryan Garcia bounced back from his loss to Gervonta Davis to stop Oscar Duarte in the eighth round.

Heading into the fight, the pressure was on Garcia to perform following his outbursts against Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins. The fighter vowed to make a statement in the fight, but the bout did not go his way entirely. From the beginning, Garcia boxed his opponent in the first round by using his range to prevent Duarte from getting in close to let off those power shots. Prior to the fight, the Mexican had stopped 11 opponents in a row.

However, the Mexican found some success in the second. After Garcia’s jab, Duarte countered with his left hook to give Garcia the first sign of danger. But the Mexican could not sustain that with more pressure as Garcia remained behind his jab, which was backed up with his right hand. The Mexican lost patience as he received a warning for hitting on the back of the head. Garcia responded with a left hook and right hand before the end of the third. Garcia did utilise a shoulder roll on occasion, but in truth, it was a work in progress.

Garcia was the busier fighter in the first half, as the Mexican was urged by his corner to increase the pace. Duarte did get on the inside in rounds six and seven, but Garcia was still landing the cleaner shots. In round seven, Garcia landed a left hook counter, which Duarte took well. The latter responded with a body shot that troubled Garcia, who began to move around the ring to stay out of range. That resulted in the crowd booing heavily. But that is when Garcia produced his trademark left hook.

Garcia landed an uppercut and a check left hook. Duarte’s knees buckled as Garcia followed up with a flurry of punches, a right hook and uppercut, to send Duarte to the canvas. Despite Duarte getting up on ten, the referee called off the fight, much to his protest.

According to Compubox, both fighters landed a similar number of punches, but it was Garcia’s power punches that made the difference. The win has now set up a potential world title fight against Teofimo Lopez, Rolando Romero or the winner of Devin Haney vs Regis PrograisIn the post-fight comments, Garcia called out Romero. Meanwhile, in the post-fight presser, Garcia reaffirmed his desire to fight Shakur Stevenson.


“It was a great performance but I just want to give honor to God and give him the glory. I fought hard to find myself again. I did a lot of soul searching and I just wanted to thank him. [Duarte] was a strong fighter. He took a good punch. He’s a Mexican fighter like me and he’s tough. I hit him with some hard shots but he just kept coming.

“I started using my legs, just as Derrick told me to between rounds, and it opened up the shots. It just comes with the territory [on his promotional issues]. I am a person about moving forward and having a kind heart and showing forgiveness so I just keep it at that. I want to show positivity in this world. I said what I said but I hold no hard feelings.

“I have a killer instinct. Sometimes, when I am hurting somebody that bad, I am just cracking them. But I caught him with a perfect left hook.  I just had to slow his momentum down. He was building momentum, momentum and I knew I had to cut this off somehow. It’s our first fight. [James and I] worked hard. We are going to build off this and are committed to get better. I’m committing to becoming a world champion so, if Rolly wants it, let’s do this,” Garcia

Full Card

Ryan Garcia def. Oscar Duarte via an 8th round KO

Shane Mosley Jr. def. Joshua Conley via a 6th round TKO

Floyd Schofield def. Ricardo Lopez via a 1st round TKO

Darius Fulghum def. Pachino Hill via a 2nd round TKO

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