Garcia will likely fight Jorge Linares in July
By Max Warren
All it took was one.
Ryan Garcia needed only 80 seconds to flatten Francisco Fonseca at the Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday night. A perfectly placed check left hook deposited Fonseca on the floor for several minutes. After a few scary moments, Fonseca was able to get back on his feet while Garcia prayed.
Prior to the left hook that ended the evening, Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) landed a similar shot that buzzed Fonseca (25-3-2, 19 KOs).
His big win sets up an eventual match-up against former lightweight world champion Jorge Linares.
Like Garcia, Linares scored an impressive victory Saturday night. Linares knocked Carlos Morales (19-5-4, 8KOs) down twice, once in the third, and again in the fourth. The second knockdown was set up with a jab to the body - followed by a short straight right to the chin. Morales immediately sunk to the canvas and failed to beat the ten count.
It was an entertaining KO victory for the flashy Linares. After getting knocked out by Pablo Cesar Cano, Linares needed to show he still something left. He did. The former world champion displayed his veteran pedigree, as Morales didn’t see either of the two knockdowns coming.
Garcia,21, is a future superstar in the making, and Linares is now the one standing in his way. With both fighters having scored knockouts last night, confidence won’t be a problem. Some members of the boxing public will back Linares, believing his experience will be too much for Garcia.
On the other hand, some believe that Linares’ best fights are behind him and Garcia’s youth will be an advantage.
Opinions aside, it will be awfully exciting when the two end up squaring off later this year.