Danny Garcia Swiftly Takes Care
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
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
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