Ryan Garcia beats Jayson Velez, Spike O’Sullivan wins
by Sunha Kim
NABF and NABO super featherweight champion Ryan “The Flash” Garcia (15-0, 13 KO) of Victorville, California scored a ten-round unanimous decision over Puerto Rican former world title challenger Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (26-5-1, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Stub Hub Center headlining Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.
The decision was hotly debated as the bout appeared very competitive despite the results of 99-91 on all three of the judges’ scorecards.
After the bout, Garcia spoke with the media.
“I feel good, but I need to learn something. I need to learn how to handle roughhousing. Either way, I’m only 19, so it was a good experience. It taught me a lot. He was a tough guy, but I landed a lot of crazy shots.
I thank Jayson Velez. I will learn from this experience.”
The young 19-year-old further his sentiments singing praise upon Velez.
“I didn’t think he would last with me, but I was proven wrong. He needs a little more experience, but he’s going to be big. He moves well and was able to keep up with me. He’s a great opponent, and we put on a great show. I’m proud of what we did here.”
Middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs) stopped Berlin Abreu (14-2, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico in three rounds. Irishman O’Sullivan did what he needed to get a brutal knockout victory, O’Sullivan is now in line for a massive fight.
Undefeated female flyweight Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (13-0, 3 KOs) of East L.A. stopped Amarilis Adorno (1-7) of Puerto Rico in three rounds.
Middleweight Marvin Cabrera (8-0, 6 KOs), who is trained by former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, scored a third round knockout over Wilfrido Buelvas (18-9, 12 KOs).
Richard Acevedo (2-0, 2 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas disposed of Edward Aceves (0-4) in less than a minute of the first with a brutal knockout