Ryan Garcia (15-0,13KO’s) took on Jayson Velez (26-5,18KO’s) in a Super Featherweight bout. Garcia is a highly touted prospect was facing his toughest opponent to date in Velez. The highly regarded, 19-year-old super featherweight prospect topped Velez by unanimous decision in the 10-round main event of an ESPN2 telecast from StubHub Center. Garcia won comfortably by the same score, 99-91, on the cards of all three judges – Max De Luca, Alejandro Rochin, and Fernando Villarreal.
“I feel good, but I need to learn some things,” said Ryan Garcia. “I need to learn how to handle roughhousing in a tough fight like that. Either way, I’m only 19 years old, so it was a good experience. It taught me a lot. Velez was a durable guy, but I landed a lot of crazy shots as well. I thank Jayson Velez, and I will learn from this experience. I still feel I’m on the fast track to a world-title fight. I beat a guy who fought for a world title.”
“I didn’t think he [Garcia] would last with me, but I was proven wrong,” said Jayson Velez. “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 didn’t think he [Garcia] would last with me, but I was proven wrong,” said Jayson Velez. “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.”
Ryan Garcia drew an impressive crowd of 6,625 to StubHub Center in Carson, California. GoldenBoy matchmaker Robert Ortiz anticipates that Garcia will return to the ring in July.
Olympic Silver medalist and Top Rank’s best prospect Shakur Stevenson took to Twitter to and said a future fight between him and Garcia will be a huge one.
It goes without saying that Ryan Garcia is a future superstar and Golden Boy promotions have big plans for him, Ryan is a young and marketable athlete who has used Social Media to the fullest to promote himself, he has an impressive 800,000 followers on Instagram and is very active on Twitter.