Ryan Garcia Train Keeps Rolling Along
By William Trillo and Albert Castillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Lightweight Ryan Garcia (18-0, 15 KO’s) remained
undefeated with his two round demolition over Jose Lopez
(20-4-1, 14 KO’s). The full house at Fantasy Springs
Casino saw Garcia handle a tentative Lopez with the
greatest of ease.
By the end of round one Lopez found himself kissing the
canvas after a barrage of Garcia blows did serious
damage. Lopez would arise to finish the round but the
end was near. Garcia began round two without skipping a
beat as he put more leather on his hapless foe. Lopez
would make it through the round but enough was enough
and his corner threw in the towel bringing an abrupt end
to the fight.
After the fight Garcia stated, "For this training camp,
nothing changed. I'm training with Eddy Reynoso, one of
the best trainers in the world right now. My
improvements are even going to get better and better, my
fights are going to get better and better, and the
competition is going to get better. And I'm going to be
ready for it."
Light flyweight Angel Acosta (20-1, 20 KO’s) uncorked a
left hand on the chin of Ganigan Lopez (35-9, 19 KO’s)
in round eight and that was all she wrote. Lopez fell to
his hands and knees and stayed there until the count of
ten, he could not proceed. Up until then Acosta was in
charge of a pretty ho-hum fight.
Lopez had a plan to attack the body but instead looked
to be in survival mode while Acosta was banking rounds.
The KO at 1:59 of round eight sealed the deal for Acosta
snagging the World Boxing Organization World Light
The victorious Acosta stated, "Yes we did all the work
that we did in the gym. Ganigan came here very
intelligently. he knew how to move and how to make
punches, especially after the first round when I hurt
The casino fire alarms were blaring loud and clear
throughout the house prior to the fight and now we know
why. The bells and whistles announced the power that
Super featherweight Eduardo Hernandez (28-0, 25 KO’s)
would bring into the ring against Ibrahim Mgender (22-6,
In less than two rounds the KO specialist from Mexico
made his USA debut with a stunning 2nd round stoppage
over his Tasmanian foe. A left hand dropped Mgender
early in the second and a right uppercut moments later
would be the clincher. Hernandez was done with his work
at the 1:58 mark of the second stanza.
On his victory Rocky said, I showed my ability in there.
This year I plan to show everyone the Mexican style we
all love. I also want the world to know who Rocky
Hernandez is. Hopefully I can get a world title shot by
the end of the year.”
Featherweight Joet Gonzalez (22-0, 13 KO’s) came out
like gangbusters in round one and it looked like
curtains for Rodrigo Guerrero (26-8 -2, 16 KO’s) who was
dropped late in the round. But Guerrero not only
survived but came back to give Joet something to pay
attention to over the next few rounds.
But Gonzalez stayed focused and kept up the attack.
Guerroero went down again in round 4 from a great body
and head combo. In the ensuing round Joet finished the
show with a brisling attack that saw the ref halt the
action at the 2:27 mark. With the victory Gonzalez picks
up the World Boxing Organization NABO Featherweight
One his KO performance Joet said, "It feels great. He's
never been knocked out, never been stopped, and I was
the first to do it. I came in with a game plan, with my
mind set that I was going to be the first one, and I did
Coming into the fight after suffering his first loss
Antonio Orozco (28-1, 17 KO’s) needed all ten rounds to
secure a unanimous decision victory over Jose Luis
Rodriguez (25-13 -1, 13 KO’s). Orozco needed the work to
get back on track but the performance was lacking at
best. Credit goes to Rodriguez for making a good fight
out of the battle. Final score all in favor of Orozco
read 99-91 and 97-93 twice.
After the fight Orozco noted, "This was my first camp
with Freddie Roach, and it was a lot to absorb. Overall,
we got the win, and that's what is important. We are
back in business, and debuted on DAZN."
If Puerto Rico is looking for the next Miguel Cotto or
dare I say Tito Trinidad then Welterweight Danielito
Zorrilla (11-0, 8 KO’s) may be someone to take a look
at. Gamaliel Diaz (40-20-3, 19 KO’s) was on the
receiving end of a good old fashioned beating in this
one. Look for the name Zorilla in the future, he is one
to watch. Officially the fight was stopped at the 2:59
mark of round 2.
A confident Zorrilla said, “I feel good. This was the
kind of fight we were looking. We wanted experienced
fighters. I knew what I had to do in there, and thank
God for the victory.”
Super welterweight Neeco Macias (17-2, 10 KO’s) was
looking to get back on the winning tack but Jeremy Ramos
(11-6, 4 KO’s) had other plans. In a close quarters
fight that could have taken place in the proverbial
phone booth Ramos got a split decision nod over The
Rooster with scores that read 77-75 for Macias and 78-74
and 77-75 for Ramos.
In the quintessential walkout bout Super lightweight
Herbert Acevedo (15-2, 6 KO’s) took on Alfonso Olvera
(11-5-1, 4 KO’s) in a hard fought battle. The fight that
went to eight round distance was scored a split decision
draw 77-75 Acevedo, 77-75 Olvera and 76-76 even.
Welterweight Aaron McKenna (7-0, 4 KO’s) used an
overwhelming arsenal of punches against Loretto Olivas
(3-1, 1 KO). It was an impressive display of boxing
skill as McKenna completely outclassed his foe from
pillar to post. Working behind a stiff jab and fine body
work the young Irish fighter took another step forward
in his quest to become a champion. Judges tallies had it
60-53 across the board.