Ryan Garcia Goes the Distance Decisions Jayson Velez
NABF super featherweight champion Ryan "The Flash" Garcia (15-0, 13 KO) of Victorville, California and Puerto Rico's former world title challenger Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (26-5-1, 18 KOs) squared off Friday night at the Stub Hub Center headlining a special edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. Garcia opened up connecting with his flash left hook as Velez took it and stood inside close cutting the distance. Boxing from a distance, Garcia connected Velez with some solid straight rights in the second as the Puerto Rican kept coming. Velez pressed in the third but Garcia connected with another solid right countering Velez on his way inside. Circling the ring and keeping his distance Garcia boxed in the fourth as Velez continued to go forward. Garcia connected Velez with a crunching body shot in the fifth that stopped the Puerto Rican's momentum but continued to fight on.
Velez lunged in with a right hand in the sixth but Garcia was able to counter solidly and follow up with combinations. The veteran Velez had a good seventh round, outworking, backing Garcia and staying in close quarters. In the eighth Velez continued to press as Garcia stuck the jab and kept his distance. Late in the fight in round nine, Garcia stick and moved with Velez going forward looking for the knockout. The tenth and final round saw Velez going for broke going forward punching away as Garcia stood in the pocket letting his hands go.
All three judges scored the bout 99-91.
“I didn’t think he would last with me, but I was proven wrong. He needs a little more experience, but he’s going to be big. He moves well, and was able to keep up with me. He’s a great opponent, and we put on a great show. I’m proud of what we did here.
"I'm ready to fight anyone and test my will,"
Women's undefeated flyweight Seniesa "Super Bad" Estrada (13-0, 3 KOs) of East L.A. stopped Amarilis Adorno (1-7) of Puerto Rico in three rounds of a scheduled six round bout. Estrada came out swinging from the opening bell as Adorno stood her ground. Attacking to the body Estrada slowed down Adorno's momentum to finish the round. In round two, Estrada boxed behind the jab as Adorno nose was busted and suffered a cut above her right eye. The third round began however after an exchange the blood continued to trickle down Adorno's eye as the referee Zach Young stopped the fight at 38 seconds into round three.
“I knew I was going to knock her out at some point – I knew the ref stopped the fight because of the cut over her eye. I just kept landing my left hook aiming for her eye knowing she’d give up soon.”
“I hope that the next time I fight, I really get to show my fans what I’m made of. I want my next fight to be a world title. I’m ready.”
Ireland's Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs) stopped Berlin Abreu (14-2, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico in three rounds in the middleweight co feature bout. O'Sullivan stalked in the opening round connecting Abreu on the inside. Abreu let his hands go in round two backing O'Sullivan momentarily but afterwards continued to go forward. In round three O'Sullivan began chasing, landing big punches as Abreu was on the run fading away spitting out his mouthpiece, drawing boos and was deducted a point. Abreu walked to his corner at the end of the round as he could not continue, the referee stopped the fight at the end of the third.
“He could punch, and caught me with a couple of good ones. I came to do my job, and that was get the win. This win doesn’t compare to what’s waiting for me – I’m waiting for my next big stage. Who knows? You might see me on the next major Mexican Holiday Weekend.”
Middleweight Marvin Cabrera (8-0, 6 KOs) who is trained by former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon scored a third round knockout over Wilfrido Buelvas (18-9, 12 KOs) of Colombia. The two southpaws Cabrera and Buelvas wasted no time as they traded from the start. A right hook by Cabrera in the second backed Buelvas to the ropes punishing him throughout the round. Cabrera continued his attack landing the right hook, keeping Buelvas holding and clinching as he went down forcing referee Jerry Cantu to reach a ten count at 1:11 of the third.
In the opening bout of the evening from the Stub Hub Center. Garden City, Kansas's Richard "Kansas Kid" Acevedo (1-0, 1 KO) _ Edward Aceves in a scheduled four round super welterweight bout
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