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  Garcia KO’s Fonseca;
Linares Manhandles Morales

By Albert Castillo
Photo: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy


From the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN put together a decent 8-card lineup. In the main event of the evening Instagram sensation and top contender, undefeated “KingRY” Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KO’s) used a devastating left hook to punctuate a huge knockout at 1:20 of the first round to put away former 2 time world title challenger, Francisco Fonseca (25-3-2, 19 KO’s).

Fonseca never even had a chance to warm-up or even break a sweat. Following a Fonseca right hand that fell short, Ryan countered with a perfect left hook that laid out Fonseca flat on his back. In Post-fight comments Ryan called out Jorge Linares, Luke Campbell, and Devin Haney aiming for an eventual world title shot.

Fighting father time at 34 years of age former three-time world featherweight champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KO’s) demonstrated that he is still a fighter to be reckoned with. He destroyed Carlos ‘The Solution” Morales ( 19-5-4, 8 KO’s) with a ferocious right hand that left Morales sitting on the canvas floor with no chance of getting up at 2:03 of the fourth round. Morales had no solution for cracking the defense and offense of Linares. The fact that Morales lasted four rounds was remarkable. Morales even connected with a few combinations of his own opening a cut over the left eye of Linares.

However, Linares is on another level and the match up resembled a man vs boy contest. Morales had never been knocked out but he had never faced someone of Linares’ caliber. Will Ryan Garcia be the next opponent for Linares? The fight may be made for July of this year.

Santa Ana’s undefeated top prospect Alexis Rocha (16-0, 10KO’s) scored a unanimous decision over Brad Solomon (28-3, 9 KO’s) to maintain his World Boxing Council Continental America’s Title. Slick journeyman Solomon was a nice test for Rocha and Rocha passed this test with aplomb.

Champ Rocha turned Solomon into a vassal state replete with a left hook to the jaw that dropped him in the last round. Solomon made the ten count and fought back in order to hear the final bell. As the scorecards were read a jubilant crowd backed the decision with resounding cheers that rocked the rafters. Hometown favorite Rocha was far ahead on all the cards, 100-89, 99-90, 97-92.

In the DAZN TV Opener Blair “the Flair” Cobbs (14-0-1) of Las Vegas, Nevada scraped by with a split decision win over Nigerian pugilist Samuel Kotey (23-3, 16 KO’s) to maintain his NABF Welterweight Title. The fight began with audience woos and whistles and ended with boos and fizzle. After a slap and tickle third round a chorus of boos set in inspiring the fighters to engage in ten seconds of action. Because of the inaction in the rest of the fight there was no deserved winner and judges must have had a tough time scoring this bout. In the eighth round a low blow from Cobbs cost him a point.

This contest was uncharacteristic of Cobbs who has been known to go toe to toe. Instead he circled the ring for most of the fight until Kotey threw up his arms in frustration and asked him if he was going to fight or not. The tenth round couldn't come soon enough and the post-fight interview with Cobbs could not be heard over the deafening boos of the crowd. Judges scorecards read 95-94 for Kotey while the other two had it 96-93 and 96-93 to give Cobbs his 14th win and he remains undefeated.


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