Ryan Garcia Goes The Distance, Boxes Past Jayson Velez

By Keith Idec

CARSON, California – Ryan Garcia showed some flaws Friday night, especially defensively, but he still easily defeated Jayson Velez in what was considered a step up in competition.

The highly regarded, 19-year-old super featherweight prospect topped Velez by unanimous decision in the 10-round main event of an ESPN2 telecast from StubHub Center. Garcia (15-0, 13 KOs) won comfortably by the same score, 99-91, on the cards of all three judges – Max De Luca, Alejandro Rochin and Fernando Villarreal.

“I feel I did great,” Garcia said in the ring following his victory. “I didn’t expect him to be such a durable fighter. I’m 19 years old. I’ve got a long way to go. I’m still learning. I wanna thank Jayson Velez for teaching me tonight.”

garcia-velez (2)

Garcia, of Victorville, California, went 10 rounds for the first time in his brief but promising career. Puerto Rico’s Velez (26-5-1, 18 KOs), who has never been knocked out, lost a 10-round decision for the fifth time as a pro.

By beating Velez, Garcia won the vacant NABO and NABF 130-pound championships.

The 30-year-old Velez, once a top prospect, was the best opponent Garcia has faced since he turned pro in June 2016. Before Friday night, Garcia largely had knocked out journeymen or worse.

He hit Velez with a variety of powerful punches, but couldn’t knock down the stubborn veteran in what amounted to a valuable developmental fight for Garcia. Velez lost four straight fights from November 2015-December 2016, but each of those fights went all 10 rounds as well.

Garcia, who’s represented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, went past the third round for just the third time since he made his pro debut, when he was just 17. The only other Garcia fight that went the distance was a four-rounder.

The fast-handed, strong Garcia landed a variety of power punches during a 10th round in which he proved he still was fresh.

Fans, most of whom came to StubHub Center to watch Garcia, booed briefly as Garcia moved around and stayed away from Velez early in the ninth round. Velez landed three left hands during the final minute of the ninth round, but none of those punches hurt Garcia.

Aware that he was behind on the scorecards, Velez began the eighth round aggressively. Garcia’s left hook late in the eighth knocked off balance.

Garcia unleashed a flurry just before the eighth round ended, yet didn’t appear to hurt Velez.

Velez’s hard right to the body made Garcia move around early in the seventh round. They traded right hands soon thereafter, but Velez had more success in that round than he had in previous rounds.

Velez clipped Garcia with a straight right hand when there were about 45 seconds to go in the sixth round. Taking that shot made Garcia unleash a flurry of power punches that prevented Velez from following up on his temporary moment of success.

Garcia hammered Velez with an array of right hands just after the midway mark of the fifth round. A game Velez moved forward after taking those shots, but clearly was slowing down as a result of all the flush punches Garcia had landed.

Over the final 20 seconds of the fourth round, Garcia blasted Velez with a short left hook inside, as Velez leaned forward, and an overhand right.

Garcia rocked Velez with a right uppercut near the 50-second mark of the third round. Velez kept coming forward, but Garcia buzzed him again with an overhand right to the side of his head just before the third round ended.

Velez landed a left hook that briefly backed up Garcia near a neutral corner with just over two minutes to go in the second round. A solid overhand right by Garcia knocked Velez off balance later in the second.

Like a veteran, Garcia drilled Velez with a right hand off a break toward the end of the second round.

Velez continually landed right hands to Garcia’s body early in the first round. Garcia connected with a hard, overhand right just after the midway mark of the first round.

Garcia also clipped Velez with a short left hook with around 25 seconds to go in the first round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by r1onnie2 on 05-07-2018

Not impress at all with this dude, he better stay far away from Tank!

Comment by TJ highway on 05-06-2018

The little girls seem to like him which I suppose pisses off some fans! Just like The Golden Boy when he was starting out! He hasn't real fought anyone yet. I admit Jayson Velez is a step up in competition…

Comment by richardt on 05-06-2018

[QUOTE=kidbazooka;18738243]Who exactly was Davis fighting at 19 yrs old? Go ahead I’ll Waite.[/QUOTE]I'm not putting Ryan down or degrading is a huge feat for Ryan to be fighting a contender like Velez at 19. He is doing great for…

Comment by BufordTannen on 05-05-2018

[QUOTE=Death_Adder;18740826]My usual racism? I get banned because you overly sensitive f[I]a[/I]gs can't take some truth. And you can't take me talking sh[I]i[/I]t to you without you running to others to help you out.[/QUOTE] Go drink some don julio and calm…

Comment by Death_Adder on 05-05-2018

[QUOTE=BufordTannen;18739115]You being banned for your usual racism has nothing to do with me amigo[/QUOTE] My usual racism? I get banned because you overly sensitive f[I]a[/I]gs can't take some truth. And you can't take me talking sh[I]i[/I]t to you without you…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (345)
Top Headlines Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez Doubleheader on 11/10 Sergio Martinez Discusses Unbeaten Prospect Jon Fernandez Photos: Luke Campbell, Yvan Mendy, Okolie, Askin - Workouts Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Open Workouts Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Putting in Work Fury on Wilder: Klitschko Hit Really Hard Too, It Didn't Affect Me! Arum Amused: I'd Be Conflicted If De La Hoya Ran Against Trump Froch: Joshua Needs to Entertain, Show Fighting Spirit Again Joshua-Povetkin: A Look at Heavyweight Olympic Champions UK News: McCullagh-Kennedy, Edwards-Farrag, Gallagher-Byrne Savannah Marshall Added To Fury vs. Pulev Card Amir Khan: Did You See The Size of Canelo When He Fought Me?! Gallagher Expects Smith To Peak, Shine Against George Groves Chocolatito's Options To Be Evaluated, Yafai Not Ruled Out Lemieux: Golovkin is Not The Same, Rematch Would Be Different Arum: Lomachenko Wants Mikey Garcia Fight Right After Pedraza Frank Warren: I Had Golovkin Beating Canelo By Three Rounds Anthony Joshua Won't Chase a KO: I've Got To Be Clever Now Kevin Johnson Feels Experience Edge May Down Daniel Dubois Hearn: I'm Quite Worried, Povetkin is Tough Fight For Joshua David Benavidez Makes No Excuses, Apologizes For Failed Test Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Vindicated Himself For Positive Tests Energy Execs Glove Up To Knock Out Child Sexual Abuse Frank Warren: Frampton-Warrington is Not Two Recycled Guys DAZN, The New Kid On The Block, Ready For Boxing Kickoff Canelo's Possible Return: December 15 Reserved at MSG, MGM Nacho: Canelo Did Great, But I Think Golovkin Won WBC Prez: Canelo Deserved The Win in Golovkin Rematch David Benavidez Comes Up Positive For Cocaine in VADA Test Wilder vs. Fury Promotional Tour is Ready, Reveals Frank Warren Pacquiao: Me and Mayweather Have Unfinished Business! Encarnacion, Michael Rivera, Starling Castillo Ink With Sampson Photos: Jacobs, Andrade, Haney Training Hard at SNAC Facility Roman Gonzalez Returns Home, Open To Fighting Again in 2018 British Title News: Welborn vs. Heffron, Iqbal-Camacho, More Cem Kilic vs. DeAndre Ware Will Open ShoBox Card on Sept. 28 Michael Dutchover Learning On The Job From Danny Roman Juanma Joins Team of Jayson Velez, Hits Back at Orlando Cruz Antonio Orozco To Remain at 140, May Return in February Malignaggi: McGregor Should've Retired, Khabib Makes Him Quit!

Latest Active Forum Threads