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  Danny Garcia Swiftly Takes Care Of Business

By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: Ahren Nunag

 

Danny “Swift” Garcia is by far one of the best and hottest young prospects in professional boxing, Period! Gutty veteran Mike Arnaoutis (22-6-2) knows what all the hype is about. He was stopped in four rounds by the Philadelphia star on October 8th, 2010. The 22 year old star took the momentum that he garnered from that bout and opened his 2011 campaign in impressive fashion.

Danny Garcia (20-0, 14KOs) stopped John Figueroa (7-9-3, 3KOs) in the second round of their scheduled 8 round junior welterweight bout. The fight headlined Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego California. The event was presentenced by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions.

It was clear from the outset of the fight that Danny Garcia was the best prospect that John Figueroa had ever faced. The Philadelphian quickly established his left hook and proceeded to work the body of the journeyman. His Puerto Rican equal was forced to retreat in order to avoid his calculated attack. Garcia continued to use his offensive arsenal to wear down the stationary Figueroa in round number two. The fight was stopped after Garcia connected with a flush left hook that sent Figueroa back against the ropes. The Golden Boy prospect proceeded to attack the wounded Figueroa forcing referee Jose Cobian to stop the bout 52 seconds into round number two.

It’s important to note that John Figueroa has been used by Golden Boy promotions as a measuring stick for their young prospects in the past. Case in point, Figueroa went the distance with light welterweights Luis Ramos Jr. and Carlos Molina. Both fighters mentioned above are considered some of the best young prospects that Golden Boy promotes. What does that say about Danny “Swift” Garcia? Well! That he is the best young unbeaten prospect that Oscar De La Hoya has. Can’t wait to see him in action again!


Periban KO’s Mayweather Promotions Prized Prospect


In the televised co-feature Mayweather Promotion’s Dion Savage (10-1, 6KOs) squared off against Golden Boy’s Marco Antonio Periban (11-0, 8KOs) in a duel between unbeaten prospects. The super middleweight bout was originally scheduled for 8 rounds. Surprisingly, the highly anticipated bout was shorter than the ring announcer’s introductions. Marco Antonio Periban didn’t even break a sweat. All he did was let a straight right loose as both fighters squared off in the middle of the ring. That single straight right landed precisely on the button and sent Dion Savage to the canvas. Savage was able to get up on wobbly legs; however, ref Tom Taylor thought that Savage was in no shape to continue and proceeded to call the bout 33 seconds into round number one.


Hanzel Martinez Wins!

Hanzel Martinez (10-0,8KOs) won a majority decision against the valiant Alejandro Solorio (4-2, 2KOs) in a scheduled 4 round bantamweight fight. The Tiajuana native came into the bout with the support of his famed brother in-law, Antonio Margarito.

Solorio didn’t care as he began the bout by and landing at will, through Hanzel Martinez’s dubious guard. Hanzel was able to land some nice shots but was unable deter Solorio as round one came to a close. In true Mexican style, Martinez managed to turn the fight into a slugfest in round number two. He landed multiple clean shots, hurting his opponent with some well placed right hooks. Albeit, Solorio quickly took control of round three with several strong left hooks that opened a small gash above his nemesis right eye. The fourth and final assault was all Martinez as he opened up and landed two nasty right overhand hooks to begin the fourth round and was able to connect on a crisp combo that included a right hook followed by a picturesque left uppercut. Judge Zac Young scored the bout an even 38-38, while Alejandro Mochin Mapula and Fritz Werner both scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Hanzel Martinez.


AJ Matthews Wins Professional debut in Style


Carlsbad’s AJ Matthews (1-0,1KOs) knocked out 42 year old Gene Olverson (0-1) in their scheduled 4 round light heavyweight bout. The Carlsbad native began the bout by asserting his overhand right hook, landing twice in round one. Round two saw the aging newcomer settle into the scrap. Olverson was able to fight from the outside and land several soft left hooks: although, he left himself open every time that we would retreat. AJ Mathews caught wind of Olverson amateurish defense and closed the deal with a violent right hook that halted the bout 39 seconds into round number three.


Adrian Vargas Victorious in Pro Debut


Adrian Vargas (1-0) made a big splash in his professional debut by earning a UD against Franky Martinez (0-2) in the scheduled 4 round super lightweight bout. Vargas completely outclassed his counterpart with superior technique. He opened and ended the mismatch with clean left hooks.


Pablo Armenta Wins


Chula Vista’s Pablo Armenta (5-0-1, 1KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory against Alenadron Cruz (3-12-0, 2KOs) in the scheduled 4 round super featherweight bout. This happened to be a NOT so highly anticipated rematch. Armenta dictated the pace of the fight from jump by working behind his jab. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of the Armenta.



 

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