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Ryan Garcia vs. Carlos Morales set for Sept. 1

Ryan Garcia vs. Carlos Morales set for Sept. 1

Boxing fans asked, Ryan “The Flash” Garcia delivered!

After years of Garcia being a target of heavy criticism for taking on fighters some of the boxing community refer to as low-tier competition, Garcia took to Instagram/Twitter to announce his return to the ring against the NABA Super Featherweight Champion Carlos “The Solution” Morales on Sept. 1, at Fantasy Springs Casino in Ontario, Ca.

Perhaps the most criticism Garcia (15-0, 13 KOs) received was when his May 4 bout, against experienced Puerto Rican contender Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (26-5-1, 18 KOs)  went the distance ending Garcia’s 10-fight knockout streak. Though Garcia dominated almost, if not every round to acquire the vacant NABF and WBO super featherweight titles, particular boxing fans formulated the narrative that the 2017 ESPN’s Prospect of the Year had been “exposed.”

Photo credit: Kyte Monroe

 

What a lot of those fans fail to realize is, Velez has never hit the canvas in his 32 pro-career fights, proving his resistant chin quality and ability to absorb punches. The same fans who criticize Garcia for failing to finish the Puerto Rican conveniently never seemed to have given Goldenboy’s Joseph “Jojo” Diaz any backlash for going the distance with Velez as well.

Garcia’s hand-speed is undeniably his finest asset; living up to his nickname, “The Flash”  asserts the speed advantage to catch his opponents with shots they didn’t see coming that immediately send them to the canvas. As much as some fans want to yell “exposed” at the top of their lungs, it is the fights that challenge Garcia and go the distance which give him the bests opportunities to polish his boxing skills in order to be able to adapt to his opponents. Though knockouts are undoubtedly entertaining, early knockouts do very little for a boxer to achieve meaningful ring experience.

Photo credit: Kyte Monroe

Morales (17-2-3, 6 KOs) from Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico has good momentum going after obtaining the vacant WBA-NABA super featherweight title by defeating Dardan Zenunaj (14-4, 11 KOs) by eighth-round stoppage in Dec. 2017. Regardless of the two losses in his record, Morales has never been knocked out or stopped. Though he doesn’t pack major power behind his punches, he may have the advantage taking Garcia to deep waters in the later rounds.

Photo credit: Kelly Owens

Garcia returns to the same venue he sold out last March in his fight against Fernando Vargas (32-14-3, 21 KOs) which ended in an impressive first-round knockout. No stranger at the Fantasy Springs casino himself, Morales is sure to pack the venue with his own share of fans for a guaranteed sold-out Goldenboy Promotions event.

The fight will be streamed via the Golden Boy Promotions facebook page, which will make it more accessible to the boxing fans who don’t have ESPN or would like to watch on the go through their smartphones. Tickets for the event will available on Aug, 17 on GoldenboyPromotions.com and at FantasySpringsResort.com

 

About The Author

Lily

A journalism major at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Lily hopes to reach her dream job as a boxing commentator. She grew up in Mexico watching boxing with her father, and looking up to exciting Mexican legends like Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Travieso Arce, El Maromero, and of course, JCC senior and Oscar De La Hoya. Her love of boxing intensified when her family migrated to the US in 2001 and world boxing became more accessible. Apart from her love of boxing, she loves to be involved in many feminist activism and plans to use her journalism career to raise awareness on environmental issues as well as social injustices against people of color and minorities.

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