Facebook Watch results: Ryan Garcia edges Carlos Morales in majority decision win
The growing pains of the popular junior lightweight prospect Ryan “The Flash” Garcia continued on Saturday night, as he earned a victory via majority decision over Carlos Morales, after 10 rounds of competitive action, then summing up his win with a humble post-fight interview.
“First I want to say, much respect to Carlos Morales. I felt like the fight was closer than the scorecards say,” Garcia said about the two 98-92 scores in his favor that got him the victory. “He did a great job. I give all my respect to him and he was great. It was a great fight.”
Garcia, 20, was caught in the sixth round with a lunging left hook and follow-up jab that knocked him back, wobbled his legs and looking for an action-halting clinch in order to recover. It was the first time the prospect has been seen in a somewhat dangerous situation and the tone of the fight completely changed for the final three rounds, in which Garcia often looked up to see how much time was left, while in the many clinches he enforced.
“Honestly I felt like it could’ve been a lot of things but I was a little winded. I admit it,” Garcia, 16-0 (13), said. “He was coming to fight, so we were just fighting. That’s all I can say.”
Morales, 17-3-3 (6), fought with great confidence and determination after that seventh round but the clean shots he landed weren’t all in the later rounds. Garcia started off flashing his hand speed in the first – pumping a jab that sometimes came at Morales in the same form of a lead left hook. Garcia was light on his toes and moving around the ring for much of the first half of the fight, in which he landed more shots than Morales and was winning the battle of distance to edge out the rounds of a true boxing match.
In the third round, Morales started to near closer, where Garcia showed an inability to fight on the inside, but ultimately paid a price for it after two accidental headbutts cut him near the left eye and on the bridge of the nose. Garcia found himself pushed onto the canvas a handful of times over the course of the fight, showing some signs of yielding when given a rougher altercation, but the prospect found ways to weather it and perhaps get the much-needed experience that will help cultivate him into a contender.
“I don’t care what nobody says. I’m young and I’m hungry. I just gotta get back to the gym and work on my craft,” said Garcia. “I can be ready for anybody. I’m young. I have time on my side.”
The lightweight contest was the main event of a “Golden Boy Fight Night” card streamed live on Facebook Watch. Also on Garcia’s side was the sold-out crowd that followed him to the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
In the co-feature, Neeco “The Rooster” Macias won that crowd over after forcing a stoppage of Marvin Cabrera once the latter’s corner had enough through six complete rounds. The junior middleweight contest was scheduled for eight.
Macias, 17-0 (10), overwhelmed Cabrera with an insane punch volume that went well over 800 punches thrown within six rounds. In the third, he threw a total of 196 shots and all Cabrera, 8-1 (6), could do was sit on the ropes behind his guard and take the barrage.
Brazilian junior middleweight Patrick Teixeira, 29-1 (22), earned a unanimous decision over Nathaniel Gallimore, 20-3-1 (17), with three identical scores of 78-74.