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Ryan Garcia Destroys Francisco Fonseca - One Punch, One Round

ANAHEIM - Ryan Garcia only needed less than one round to knock Francisco Fonseca out.

Not only did Garcia score a knockout, it was a devastating knockout in a type of performance that generates buzz and has casual boxing fans and teenage girls following the sport much more closely.

Garcia made quick work of Fonseca before a large and partisan crowd at the Honda Center. With the victory, the 21-year-old Garcia improves to 20-0, 17 knockouts.

Garcia last fought on Nov. 2 in Las Vegas, knocking out Romero Duno in the opening round.

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Fonseca, who entered the fight unbeaten in his previous four bouts since his decision loss to then-IBF junior lightweight titleholder Tevin Farmer, figured to give Garcia a decent test.

That did not come close to happening as the taller Garcia imposed himself with his quickness and punching accuracy over Fonseca.

Garcia worked behind a jab, but was able to feint enough to have Fonseca open up so he could counter. During one sequence, Garcia was able to get Fonseca to open up enough where he connected with a vicious left hook to the head, dropping Fonseca flat onto his back.

Fonseca lay motionless on the canvas as referee Raul Caiz, Sr. immediately waved the fight off at 1:20.

"It was a good performance," said Garcia immediately after the fight. "We caught him with a little fake and caught him with that left hook. I thought the fight was going to go longer. I saw the left hook It was there. I let him get comfortable."

After the fight, Garcia was confronted by WBC lightweight titleholder Devin Haney, where the two went at it verbally before cooler heads prevailed. It is a fight promoted Oscar De La Hoya has proposed for Garcia, along with a fight against newly-crowned WBA 'Regular' titleholder Gervonta Davis.

Those fights will have to wait as Garcia will likely face Jorge Linares, who fought earlier on the card. Linares dropped Carlos Morales twice before ending matters in round 4.

De La Hoya stated he has reserved Staples Center in nearby Los Angeles to host the proposed fight sometime in July.

Fonseca, who resides in Managua, Nicaragua, drops to 25-3-2, 19 KOs.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by NachoMan on 02-17-2020

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20391461]Pull counters and catch-and-shoots. They picked up some defensive tricks from Floyd. No matter how much that might bother you.[/QUOTE] Except this kid puts some sauce on it. :boxing:

Comment by NachoMan on 02-17-2020

[QUOTE=jinx_htx;20391231]I still wouldn't throw him in there with Linares yet. Like damn he's only 21. Don't rush him and ruin his career like Fernando Vargas.[/QUOTE] Same thoughts, but Golden Boy pretty much guaranteed that Garcia-Linares is next, so how do…

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 02-17-2020

Impressive KO. But Fonseca after getting hit by the hook early kept on coming in and running into it. Unfortunately I am still not convinced.

Comment by boxingfan200 on 02-17-2020

looks impressive I still think teo beats him though.. not be surprised if iam wrong though his hand speed is impressive

Comment by kidbazooka on 02-17-2020

Ryan is hands down the hardest hitting LW he put everyone on notice now and I don’t see many at LW being able to handle that power and speed.

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