Ryan Garcia Beats Velez But Fails To Impress The Crowd;
O’Sullivan Victory Has Him Seeing Red
By William Trillo & Albert Castillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Super featherweight Ryan Garcia (14-0, 13 KO’s) put on a
lackluster display against Jayson Velez (26-4-1, 18 KO’s) in
a bout that answered a lot of questions about Golden Boy’s
young protégée. The truth is this kid has a long way to go
and is far from the Super Star pedigree his promoter was
hoping for. Garcia entered the ring to the cheers of the
crowd but by the late rounds the crowd was booing him for
his fight in retreat performance. In the post fight
interview Garcia was asked why the crowd of over 6,000 was
booing him. I’d like to tell you what he said but I couldn’t
hear what the young man had to say over the jeers of the
crowd. I can tell you this though…. running away in the
tenth round while repeatedly looking at the clock didn’t do
him any favors.
For Velez this was a no win situation. Golden Boy didn’t
bring him in here to be the spoiler on this ESPN card and at
times it seemed the Puerto Rican was willing to oblige with
the promoters wishes. That being said it was obvious to even
the most casual boxing fan that Velez possessed way more
natural skills than his counterpart. That’s fact cannot be
What can be denied is this vaunted KO power that Garcia was
supposed to have in his fists. Although he landed numerous
flush shots on Velez he never had him in any trouble at all.
You can spin this any way you want, the kid from Victorville
with the Justin Beiber looks didn’t prove to anyone in the
house that he has what it takes to be his promoters next
golden egg laying goose.
Garcia showed no lateral movement of any kind and the only
head movement he displayed was pulling it straight back.
That is a recipe for disaster and is bound to bite him right
on his butt as he climbs up the ladder.
Velez proved to be a tough whiskered customer who handled
everything Garcia threw his way. Those right hands that
dropped that string of palookas on Garcia’s ledger did
little or no damage to the seasoned Velez. It’s not going to
get any easier on the way up.
On his performance Velez said, “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.
That being said, there was no way they were going to take
this one away from Garcia once it went to the cards.
Lopsided scores of 99-91 across the board not only gave
Garcia the win but he picked up a few meaningless trinkets
along the way. Those being the vacant NABF Super
Featherweight Title, vacant World Boxing Organization and
NABO Super Featherweight Title.
After the fight Garcia quipped, “I feel good, but I need to
learn some things. 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.”
Middleweight Gary O'Sullivan (28-2, 20 KO’s) took a victory
over Berlin Abreu (14-2, 11 KO’s) in a bout that ended
abruptly as Abreu quit at the end of three. In all honesty
it didn’t look like Abreu was attempting to win this bout at
all. In fact, after stunning O’Sullivan early in round two
Abreu backed off for no apparent reason.
Later in the fight after the ref admonished Abreu for
holding the fighter spit his mouthpiece out in disdain and
was penalized a point. Moments later he quit in between
rounds. Slice it any way you like, Abreu wasn’t here to win.
To his credit O’Sullivan came into the ring in shape and
took care of his business. With a rumored fight with Canelo
looming it was the wisest of moves for the fighter from
Spike noted, “He could punch, and caught me with a couple of
good ones. I came to do my job, and that was get the win.
This win doesn’t compare to what’s waiting for me – I’m
waiting for my next big stage. Who knows? You might see me
on the next major Mexican Holiday Weekend.”
Middleweight Marvin Cabrera (8-0, 6 KO’s) dropped Wilfrido
Buelvas (18-9, 12 KO’s) twice in round 2 with legitimate
shots but in round three it looked like Buelvas was looking
for a way to make an early exit. In fact… with seemingly no
punch landed Cabrera watched Buelvas claim “Rabbit Punch”
and then drop to his knees. The ref had no choice but to
start the ten count, which he completed at the 1:11 mark of
“I felt I was stronger and that recovered quicker in this
fight,” said Marvin Cabrera. “I was more conditioned. He
caught me in the first round, but that was it. I’m ready for
fighters of a different caliber and with more experienced,
and I think I showed that in this fight.”
Light flyweights Seniesa Estrada (12-0, 3 KO’s) and Amarilis
Adorno (1-6) went at it toe to toe for three rounds of
spirited action. Unfortunately for Adorno the battle opened
a cut over her eye that forced an early halt to the bout in
the third. Estrada took the female scrap by TKO in the
evenings “Me Too” brawl.
Estrada told the media, “I knew I was going to knock her out
at some point – I knew the ref stopped the fight because of
the cut over her eye. I just kept landing my left hook
aiming for her eye knowing she’d give up soon. I hope that
the next time I fight, I really get to show my fans what I’m
made of. I want my next fight to be a world title. I’m
Super welterweight Richard Acevedo (2-0, 2 KO’s) jumped all
over Edward Aceves (0-4) and made quick work of his hapless
foe. The fight didn’t even last a minute. Frankly speaking
this was a travesty. Someone should be ashamed of themselves
for allowing this to happen. Official time of stoppage was
59 seconds of round 1.
“I felt great; I did this with the support of my team and my
brothers. This win was for my mom. What’s next? It’s back to
the gym on Monday to keep training.”