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  Garcia Down In Second Round,
Gets Up To KO Campbell In Seventh


By William Trillo
Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

 

Lightweight Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KO’s) went down in round two but got to his feet and turned up the heat on his path to derail a tough as nails Luke Campbell (20-4, 16 KO’s) to earn the interim World Boxing Council World Light Title.

When Garcia got hit with that left hand that sent him to the canvas you could hear a pin drop. The crowd was stunned. How would Ryan react? Campbell had done what no one had done before and there was plenty of time to move in for the kill.
 

To the credit of Garcia not only did he get back to his feet but he composed himself and made it through a very difficult round, the most difficult round of his career.

Over the course of the next rounds Garcia would find a way to get back into the fight as the cobwebs had cleared. A stunning blow at the end of round five hurt Campbell who was luckily saved by the bell.

Garcia jumped all over Campbell looking to close the show at the start of round six but was unable to complete the job. Campbell would overcome adversity and was able to stay in the fight.
 

But in round seven as the two exchanged fierce punches Garcia dug a left hook to the liver of Campbell who had no choice but to fall to his knees from the pain of that shot. Unable to get up Campbell took the ten count. It was over at the 1:58 mark of round seven.

For Garcia this was a huge victory that will launch him onto the big stage in 2021. There are a lot of players out there at 135 pounds and it’s a surefire bet Garcia will be setting his sites on them in the near future.
 

“My performance definitely showed a lot of people who I really am,” said Ryan Garcia. “Going into this fight I wanted to show people that you are not what people call you. You are what you choose to be. I chose to be a champion tonight. I didn’t let anything stop me from being a champion tonight. Even when he dropped me, I knew that couldn’t stop me from being champion.”

“I got too excited in the moment,” Garcia said of being knocked down for the first time. “I felt I could just walk him down, but he ended up cracking me. So, I had to adjust and calm down. I was a little dizzy with the knockdown, but I wasn’t worried. He’s not used to going forward, so I just knew I had to cover up. He never fights coming forward, so I knew he would back up throughout the fight. I’m naturally a counterpuncher. But today I showed I can take it to somebody and knock them out. God told me that it would end with a body shot, and that’s what happened.”
 

“He’s very heavy handed,” said Luke Campbell. “Even when I was blocking the shots, I could feel them. That was the hardest shot I was ever hit with. I tried and tried to get up, but I couldn’t. I felt him coming on, and I was moving back. And when I moved back, my body relaxed a little bit and that’s the exact time he hit me.”

“This is the kind of fight where superstars are made,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Down on the mat early for the first time in his career, Ryan got up, rallied, broke down his man and got the knockout. Everyone in the lightweight division should consider themselves on notice. 2021 will be the year of Ryan García.”
 

Super Featherweights Rene Alvarado (32-9, 21 KO’s) and Roger Gutierrez (25-3-1, 20 KO’s) gave the fans as an exciting fight as one could hope for. This was a rematch of a battle won by Alvarado back in 2017 this grudge make lived up to the expected fireworks.

Alvarado looked comfortable in the first two rounds but in a shocking turn of events Gutierrez dropped Alvarado twice very early in round three. Had Alvarado went down one more time the fight would have been over. Somehow he regrouped and weathered the storm to finish the round.
 

Unexpectedly Alvarado turned the tables on Gutierrez and suddenly he was taking command of the show. Gutierrez was bloodied and moving in retreat as the resurging Alvarado was now in full control.

Going into the championship rounds this was anyone’s fight to win. In the twelve round A short hook clipped Alvarado and sent him down once again. Alvarado arose and the fighters finished on their feet, but that final knockdown would come back to haunt him.
 

In a razor thin victory final scores read 113-112 across the board giving Gutierrez the win an the World Boxing Association World Super Feather Title.

With one victory each it’s time for a Rubber Match. Let the Trilogy talks begin!

“I am so happy for this victory,” said Roger Gutierrez. “I did this for my mother. There’s not much more I can say. I had to look for the knockout. I knew I had to do that to win. I want to thank my manager Rafael Moron, the WBA and Golden Boy. This is for Venezuela and for my children.”
 

Light Flyweight Felix Alvarado (36-2, 31 KO’s) is a human wrecking ball. Just ask DeeJay Kriel (16-2-1, 8 KO’s) who was on the receiving end of a pretty systematic beat down. Coming out full speed ahead from the opening bell Alvarado put Kriel on the deck twice in the first four rounds. Surprisingly though Kriel was game and gave it his best in the middle rounds.
 

Momentum switched only momentarily as Alvarado turned up the heat in round ten. After Kriel took too many unanswered blows the ref jumped in and stopped the fight at the 1:39 mark of round ten. With the victory Alvarado retains his International Boxing Federation World Light Fly Title.
 

“I knew this would be a tough fight,” said Felix Alvarado. “He was a mandatory challenger and a former world champion, so I knew it would be tough. I got a bit tired, but that was because of his experience. I also dropped him with a hook, and I didn’t even expect for a punch like that to land. But rather than keep looking for that punch, I kept pushing him to the ropes to wear him down. I’m very happy to obtain this win because it is a dream come true for the Alvarado brothers to fight on the same card.”
 

It was easy work for Welterweight Raul Curiel (9-0, 7 KO’s) as he pummeled Ramses Agaton (22-13-3, 12 KO’s). Curiel dropped Agaton with a liver shot in round one and then followed up in round two with a barrage of punches. With no hope for a victory Agaton’s corner threw in the towel at the 1:16 mark of the second round.
 

“I felt really good and strong,” said Raul Curiel. “I felt that my opponent was a bit heavy. But I’m happy that I was able to deliver a great performance. I’m ready for any opponent that they bring to me at welterweight.”
 

Lightweight Sean Garcia (6-0, 2 KO’s) was less than impressive in his bout with Rene Marquez (5-6, 2 KO’s). Looking to make an impact Garcia barely squeaked out a majority decision over the hand picked foe Marquez. Final scores read 38-38 and 39-37 x 2.
 

“There were so many things going as we went into this fight,” said Sean Garcia. “I was a bit nervous. I came off of a year-and-half layoff. I had to find my distance. It was also hard to land shots on him because of his unorthodox style. Now, I just have to keep training hard and learn from my mistakes.



 

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