ANAHEIM — Ryan Garcia’s detractors are often in disagreement. Some say the 21-year-old boxing sensation is overrated and hasn’t fought anyone. Others say his promoters are pushing him too fast and he isn’t ready to face the best in the lightweight division.
Regardless of what side they’re on, Garcia continues to prove them wrong.
Garcia likely turned many of his critics into believers with his impressive performance Friday night at Honda Center. The Victorville native landed a vicious left hook to record a first-round knockout of Francisco Fonseca in what was supposed to be a step-up fight for Garcia.
“It was a good performance, it didn’t last long,” Garcia told the crowd, which included many celebrities, from NFL stars to YouTube personalities. “It was the perfect left hook, that’s what they call it.”
Garcia can do more than just attract an audience with his boyish good looks. The heartthrob can also pack a punch. Garcia improved to 20-0 with 16 knockouts and has a two-fight streak with first-round KOs.
Garcia’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso, waived the fight over after Garcia landed the memorable hook. Fonseca (25-3-2, 19 KOs) landed on his back, as the referee stopped the bout at the 1:20 mark of the first round.
“That was a Sugar Ray Robinson left hook,” Garcia said. “I feinted him a little bit and caught him.”
Garcia said he has big plans for 2020. He’s chasing a world title, but Garcia will likely have to wait at least one more bout before he gets his title shot because most of the lightweight champions are committed to other fights in the first half of 2020. But Garcia’s next bout could come against a former lightweight champion.
Oscar De La Hoya told the DAZN broadcast he wants to make a fight between Garcia and Jorge Linares, the former WBA champion. De La Hoya said he reserved Staples Center in July for a potential bout between the two Golden Boy Promotions fighters.
Linares took care of business in the co-main event with an impressive fourth-round technical knockout over Carlos Morales. Linares landed a straight right hand to force Morales into the ropes. The referee stopped the bout after Morales struggled to stand. Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) gave Morales (19-5-4, 8 KOs) the first knockout loss of his career.
“I’m back and I’m ready for the best at 135,” Linares said when asked about fighting Garcia next.
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