Ryan Garcia Demolishes Fernando Vargas on ESPN
March 22, 2018
Anthony Saldana (91 articles)

Ryan Garcia Demolishes Fernando Vargas on ESPN

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Thursday evening at a sold-out Fantasy Spring Resort and Casino in Indio, California, Golden Boy Boy Promotions showcased one of it’s top prospects on ESPN as Ryan “KingRy” Garcia (14-0, 13 KO’s) of Victorville, defended his Junior NABF Super Featherweight Title, and captured the vacant NABA USA Super Featherweight Title when he took on Fernando Vargas (32-14-3, 21 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico. Vargas who is coming off back to back losses never had a chance as the speed and power of the 19-year old Garcia proved too much, as late in the first round Garcia caught Vargas with a vicious overhand right followed up with a left hook that knocked Vargas out at the 2:55 mark of the first round. “It was a quick fight but I had my nerves it was my first main event so yeah I was nervous.” Stated Garcia. “I had to calm down and find my jab. He tried his best and tried to knock me out. I was able to time him, hurt him, staggered him and finished him with my left hook.”

In the Co-main event Keandre “The Truth” Gibson (18-1-1, 7 KO’s), of St. Louis, Missouri was shocked by Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (20-3, 11 KO’s), of Bronx, New York, in a welterweight bout that was scheduled for 10 rounds. Both fighters used the first round as a feeling out round, then in the second Gomez was caught with right hand but countered Gibson with a straight right that dropped him, Gibson just beat the count but referee waited off the bout at the 54 second mark of the second round. After the fight Gomez stated, “I saw that he kept dropping his hands after he jabbed. So, I waited for that and landed the right hand clear. I was patient, and when he threw punches, I saw every clear. Training camp was long, so now I can finally breathe and relax.”

Added to the card in the television swing bout undefeated Golden Boy prospect, Aaron McKenna  (1-0) from Monaghan, Ireland battled Jose Palacios (1-2, 1 KO) from Chihuahua, Mexico. McKenna wasted no time dropping Palacios in the first round. Palacios beat the count only to have McKenna continue his attack and land a barrage of punches forcing the referee to stop the bout at 2:46 of the first round.  After the bout McKenna stated “I felt absolutely brilliant with tonight’s performance now on to the next one hopefully in three weeks.” With the victory McKenna moves to (2-0, 1 KO)

Also entertaining the crowd tonight, Joet Gonzalez (18-0, 10 KO’s), from Glendora, California took on and defeated Rolando Magbanua (26-6, 18 KO’s) of Cotabato, in the Philippine Islands in a scheduled 10 round fight in the Featherweight division. The undefeated Gonzalez looked good as he completely outclassed Magbanua from the opening bell. Gonzalez ended the fight in the fifth round with an onslaught of punches that dropped Magbanua, although Magbanua beat the count the referee quickly waived off the fight giving Gonzalez the TKO victory. “Magbanua came out strong with power shots. He tried to get me to open up and exchange.” Stated Gonzalez. “I stuck to the game plan and kept boxing. Eventually I wore him down and dropped him with an uppercut and a hook. He was a little wobbly after he got back up, so the referee stopped the fight.” Gonzalez now moves to (19-0, 11 KO’s).

2016 Mexican Olympian Raul “El Cugar” Curiel (2-0, 1 KO), who was also featured on the card, defeated Quantavious Green (1-2, 1 KO) of Shreveport, Louisiana in the second round with devastating body shot. Curiel used precise jabs and quick combinations to gain control of the fight in the 1st round before stopping his opponent. “My trainers worked on hitting the body and camp,” said Raul Curiel. “We saw that he was struggling to make weight, so we aimed for the body even more. I’m ready for whatever is coming. We want to stay busy.” Curiel now moves to (3-0, 2 KO’s)

To kick off the card undefeated Emilio Sanchez (16-1, 11 KO’s) of Pacoima, California entered  the ring in an eight round super bantamweight fight against Eugene Lagos (13-5-2, 8 KO’s) of Bukidnon, in the Philippine Islands. In what was the shocker of the night, Lagos attacked Sanchez early and often and ended the night for Sanchez with a huge overhand right at the 35 second mark of the 2nd round. After the bout Lagos stated “I’m really happy about my victory, I won today because of my hard work and discipline.”

Also fighting Thursday night was Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (13-0, 7 KO’s) who took on Cesar Valenzuela (7-3, 2 KO’s) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in an eight round Junior Welterweight fight. Navarro came out firing on all cylinders and stopped Valenzuela at the 2:58 mark of the second round. The bout came to a halt after the referee stepped in and waived off the fight as Navarro landed several unanswered shots.



Anthony Saldana