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31 OCTOBER 2014

 

Juan Garcia Tops Hector Serrano in LA


By Marc Livitz: Many pre-fight reports voiced legitimate concerns about the two years of inactivity from Arizona boxer Juan Garcia. Ring rust was clearly not an issue as Garcia stormed back into action with a majority decision victory over Hector “Teco” Serrano in the main event of Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions “Fight Night Live” from Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Each fighter had undergone a similar path leading up to this fight. Serrano had lost his last two fights after starting 13-0 & Garcia had dropped his last three after starting 14-0. The 6-round junior welterweight contest started quickly, as Garcia established the jab early while Serrano sought to time his punches in order to land more effective shots. Towards the final minute of the opening round, East LA native Serrano did land a few straight rights in addition to an impressive left hook. What ensued after the bell to begin the second can only be described as a tactical war.

The two fighters went toe-to-toe for much of the bout. Serrano took some vicious shots from Garcia and even appeared somewhat dazed in the second round. He did rebound somewhat and gained a bit of momentum in the middle rounds. On this night, however Juan Garcia would not be denied. He landed several hard body shots to Serrano, which seemed to make the difference in the fight. In the sixth and final round, Garcia almost sent Serrano to the canvas, but it wasn’t to be. In a close and thoroughly entertaining clash, two judges scored the fight 58-56, while the third handed in a 57-57 draw for a majority decision win for Juan Garcia.

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Garcia admitted he felt a feeling of vindication with his win. “Everyone forgot about me and said I was wasting my time. I showed that I’m here to stay”, he said afterwards.

UnderCard Notes:

Ramon Valadez had much
of the crowd on his side tonight. The Los Angeles native scored a unanimous decision win over journeyman Noe Lopez, Jr. of Nogales, MX. Valadez was no stranger to the Club Nokia fight circuit. Tonight’s bout made it eight visits to the ring in the same venue. The two young lightweights showed a noticeable contrast in styles. Valadez (9(5)-1) planted Lopez, Jr. (7(4)-9(4)) on the canvas at the halfway point of round one. Lopez, Jr. was far too timid in attempting to place his jab and Valadez countered with a well-placed right to the chin. Lopez, Jr. did come back somewhat and win the second round by way of his aggression, but it was quickly tamed as Valadez took control and coasted through the last three rounds. He could have possibly scored additional knockdowns, but he took the high road and as a result chose not to finish strong. All three judges saw the bout the same, 59-54 for Valadez.

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