See full fight from Friday, February 14th!
Ryan Garcia needed one round and less than two minutes to defend his WBC silver lightweight boxing champion title.
One minute, 20 seconds into his match against Francisco Fonseca, Garcia delivered a lightning left hook to Fonseca’s chin. Fonseca dropped backwards to the canvas and lay there with his arms over his head.
This win moved Garcia’s flawless record to 20-0 with 17 knockouts in his professional career.
Friday’s first-round knockout at the Honda Center in Anaheim California, wasn’t the first for Garcia. In November, the California native beat Romero Duno just 1 minute, 38 seconds into the bout to earn his silver lightweight belt.
Garcia’s thunderous entrance into the boxing world has even veteran fighters calling him the sport’s next star. Former super welterweight champion
Sergio Mora tweeted, “A NEW STAR IS BORN!!!!!”
His biggest fight will be…!
As for who he wants to fight next, Garcia mentioned fellow 21-year-old Devin Haney.
“I had a plan for 2020 and that was to shock the world,” Garcia told the sports streaming service DAZN after the fight. “So I’m about to shock the world. Beat (Jorge) Linares, beat Luke Campbell, beat Gervonta Davis. And now I’m going to go after Devin.”
Haney welcomed the fight. “(Garcia) knows I’m the best fighter in the world,” Haney said. “Let’s make the play happen now.”
- Ryan Garcia, who started boxing at the age of seven and has always trained with his father in the family garage, has gotten off to a lightening-fast start in the pros, delivering five knockouts in his first six fights. Garcia’ achievements in the amateur ranks have been nothing short of incredible:
The 12-round lightweight fight streamed on DAZN.
“Golden Boy is proud to present the biggest rising talent in the sport of boxing,” Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said. “Ryan Garcia silenced all the skeptics by knocking out a tough contender in Romero Duno, and he did it in just one spectacular round. … We will have something special for everyone to enjoy on Valentine’s Day when we deliver this great show.”
Fonseca (25-2-2, 19 KOs), 25, of Nicaragua, has only lost in junior lightweight world title bouts. In August 2017, Gervonta Davis, who had failed to make weight, stopped Fonseca in the eighth round on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard. In December 2018, Fonseca lost a decision challenging Tevin Farmer on the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding undercard.
Fonseca is 3-0-1 since and coming off an action-packed majority draw against Alex Dilmaghani in London on Nov. 16. One judge had Fonseca winning 115-114 but the other two judges scored the fight 114-114.
“Nicaraguan boxing is at the very top right now because we have two world champions [brothers Felix and Rene Alvarado] representing us right now,” Fonseca said. “That’s why I will not let my country down. When I face Ryan Garcia, I will expose him on his own territory, and I will deliver him his first professional [defeat]. My manager [former world champion] Rosendo Alvarez and I have been waiting for [this]. We’ve dreamed of fighting Ryan Garcia, and we have the antidote to defeat him.”
Golden Boy Promotions has signed yet another standout Southern California prospect, inking a multi-year deal with 15-time national champion Ryan Garcia.
The Victorville-born Garcia, who compiled an incredible 215-15 record as an amateur, has already emerged victorious six times since turning pro this June and made his Golden Boy debut on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins final fight on December 17th at the Fabulous Forum.
Garcia, who started boxing at the age of seven and has always trained with his father in the family garage, has gotten off to a lightening-fast start in the pros, delivering five knockouts in his first six fights. Garcia’ achievements in the amateur ranks have been nothing short of incredible:
• 15-time National Gold Medal Champion