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RINGSIDE TAKE: Ryan Garcia edges Carlos Morales in Indio, Ca

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Tonight at a sold-out, Fantasy Springs Event Center in Indio, California undefeated Golden Boy Prospect, “The Flash” Ryan “KingRy” Garcia (16-0, 13 KO’s) took on, what on paper would be his toughest bout to date when he stepped into the ring to battle “The Solution” Carlos Morales (17-3-3, 6 KO’s). Garcia who has all the makings of being a superstar started a little slower than usual looking to counter Morales who seemed to be fighting very cautious. It was in the third round that Garcia began to eventually let his hands go using his speed and power to land several hard exchanges on the slower Morales. Garcia continued to outbox the veteran Morales using his jab and reach throughout the middle rounds as Morales could never close the distance on “The Flash”. In the seventh round Morales began to break the guard of Garcia and did land several hard shots of his own but it was too little too late as after ten entertaining rounds of boxing the judges returned with the scores of  98-92, 95-95, and 98-92 giving Ryan Garcia the Majority Decision victory. “Honestly I could have done a lot of things in this fight, but we just ended up fighting, I was winded and really fatigued I don’t know why, but from the jump, I was fatigued” stated Garcia after the fight.

In the Co-main event of the night, another undefeated Golden Boy Prospect Marvin Cabrera (8-1, 6 KO’s) of Los Angeles, California by way of Mexico City, Mexico took on the colorful WBC-USNBC Neeco “The Rooster” Macias (17-0, 10 KO’s) of Tehachapi, California. Macias who came in as the underdog slammed his foot on the gas pedal from the opening bell and never let off it. Macias threw punches in bunches while ferociously attacking Cabrera. Macias doubled the punch output of his opponent in every round and halfway through the fifth round had thrown an astonishing 777 punches. Macias who trains in the mountains of his hometown of Tehachapi looked electric as the beating he put on Cabrera forced his opponents’ corner to stop the fight after the 6th round. Compubox numbers after the fight showed Macias threw over 1000 punches in six rounds with only five of those punches being jabs. After the fight, Macias stated “I want to thank Marvin Cabrera and Golden Boy Promotions for giving me the opportunity to have this fight, being the co-main event of a huge event on facebook made me train extra hard as I knew a victory would get me one step closer to a world title fight. At this point in my career the only thing on my mind is winning one fight at a time and now focusing on becoming 18-0”

Also on the card the WBO Latino Welterweight Champion, Patrick Teixeira (28-1, 22 KO’s) of Sao Paulo, Brazil easily defeated Nathaniel Gallimore (20-2-1, 17 KO’s) of Kingston, Jamaica. Teixeira who’s only loss came at the hands of former world title contender Curtis Stevens came out early popping his jab and using his reach to outbox Gallimore. In the second round, Teixeira caught Gallimore with a solid right stunning him and keeping Gallimore on the defensive for much of the fight. Teixeira continued to keep with his game plan as Gallimore never could get started, and after 8 solid rounds of action, all three judges returned with the scores of 78-74 in favor of Teixeira. After the fight, Teixeira stated “I believe I learned a lot in my loss to Curtis Stevens and I’ve had to work extremely hard to get back to where I’m at”

In other bouts

Kevin Ventura (10-0, 8 KO’s) remains undefeated as he comes away with a unanimous decision victory over Eduardo Reyes (9-15, 6 KO’s) of Tamaulipas, Mexico

Alex Rincon (5-0, 5 KO’s) of Dallas, Texas defeats Osbaldo Gonzalez (6-3, 4 KO’s) by 3rd round TKO.

George Rincon (5-0, 2 KO’s) of Dallas, Texas defeated Daniel Perales ( 10-14-1, 5 KO’s) of Monterrey, Mexico by unanimous decision.

Sergey Lubkovich (9-0, 7 KO’s) defeated Juan Ruiz (21-3, 13 KO’s) by second-round Knockout.

Photo: Cynthia Saldaña
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