On a night in which love was in the air, Ryan Garcia knocked the air out of former title contender Francisco Fonseca. Inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, the 21-year-old needed less than two minutes to decimate his opponent.
Heading into the fight, it was known that a win by Garcia (20-0) would result in big things for the young gun. All the pressure was on him, but he didn’t seem to notice. Main eventing a card, Garcia took out Fonseca (25-3-2) with a few combination shots before finishing it off with a beautiful left hook.
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“It was good. It didn’t last that long, but I watched a video of Sugar Ray Robinson and he did this fake, and threw the perfect left hook,” Garcia stated. “I saw it and went for the left hook. Thought it was going to go longer, not going to lie. I respect Fonseca and thank him for the opportunity.”
That was Garcia’s 17th knockout of his career, and one against a man in Fonseca who has faced world champions in Gervonta Davis and Tevin Farmer. Garcia himself has been hoping to face Davis, with managers from both sides (Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather) finding ways to make that happen.
“I saw the left hook, it was there. I just had to commit and caught him in between the shot,” Garcia continued. “It’s called the perfect left hook. You have been watching me since I was 17 years old. I’m 21, I’m a late bloomer. I’m ready for everyone and I’m comfortable. ”
If Davis isn’t available, Garcia does have options. Moving up in competition every step of the way, Ryan could face Devin Haney or a man who fought the same night as him in Jorge Linares. Linares (47-5) earned the 29th KO of his career against Carlos Morales.
“If Linares had a good performance I said I’d fight him,” Garcia stated. “Let’s get it on. I had a plan for 2020 to fight everyone, so I’m going to beat Linares, beat Davis, and then beat Devin.”
Garcia v. Fonseca Main Card Results (9 p.m., DAZN)
Ryan Garcia def. Francisco Fonseca via KO (1:20 into round one)
Jorge Linares def. Carlos Morales via KO (2:09 into round four)
Alex Rocha def. Brad Solomon via unanimous decision
Blair Cobbs def. Samuel Kotey via split decision – NABF Welterweight Title