San Antonio was on fire at the Alamodome today as undefeated boxing superstar Ryan Garcia (22-0, 18KOs) of Victorville, CA, returned victorious to the ring against Emmanuel “The Gameboy” Tagoe ( 32 years old). -2, 15KOs) of Accra, Ghana.
The 12-round lightweight bout featured Garcia’s powerful performance in front of a crowd of 14,459 as he landed a power punch that soon put Tageo on the board in the second round.
After both fighters got back into rhythm, Garcia systematically knocked the Ghanaian down as he delivered precise punches to the head and torso.
Tagoe tries his best to keep distance with an ineffective jab. Garcia clearly hurt Tageo in the 10th round, but the Ghanaian used to hold Garcia to prevent further punishment.
In the end, the referees ruled in Garcia’s favor with a score of 119-108, 118-109, 119-108 for a unanimous decision victory.
Ryan Garcia said: “He made it very difficult for me to finish it. “He was crafty with his hold, and I was trying to pull him away from me, and he was moving a lot; it was a new experience.
I think I have to cut the hoop better with a guy who will keep moving all 12 rounds. I guarantee that he will get stabbed many times in the body by him and use my left hook to injure him. I have so much love for San Antonio.
It’s nice that after a year and a half of being laid off, I’ve been received by such a large amount. It was a lucky one. I wanted to take him down, but he was very cunning. At this point, I can feel like I’ve hurt him, but he can really take a punch.”
Emmanuel Tagoe said: “First of all, I want to thank my team. “I know why I lost. I don’t throw my right arm. He moves forward but I can’t get any points from the push. I think I’ll go home and sit down with my team. Ryan Garcia is a good boxer. ”
Oscar De La Hoya, President and CEO of Golden Boy, said: “I think Ryan has done a great job after being fired one and a half times. “He fought a tough guy from Ghana with just one defeat, he was slick, he was tough, he survived the night.
Ryan almost knocked him out but I’m glad Ryan played 12 rounds, it was a great experience.”
Joe Goossen, Coach for Ryan Garcia, said: “Between rounds, I just told him you had to watch him. “He won’t engage with you just keep the pressure on.
He is a tough kid. He only had one loss at the start of his career. He’s had a winning streak for a very long time. He has a great chin. He’s in great form and he’s here to win. He didn’t come here to lose.
But after a while, he’s not trying to win, he’s just trying to survive. Ryan then tried to track him down and try to catch him. Tahoe isn’t very pleasant and he doesn’t participate in combat much either.
Who will we fight next? I back off all of that. They don’t go to the gym and tell me how to train my boys and I don’t go to their office and tell them how to fight. When they threw something at me, I said it sounded good to me and we got to work. “
“We will talk to Dibella and see what comes next,” said Peter Khan, Director of Emmanuel Tagoe. “Emmanuel went 12 laps with Ryan. Emmanuel has been out in the ring longer than Ryan so I think it’s a win. I think we already know that Emmanuel has a chin, he took some big pictures tonight. It was a good fight and Ryan performed really well.”
In the night’s co-main event, “King” Gabriel Rosado (26-15-1, 15 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, was defeated by Shane Mosley Jr. (18-4, 10 KOs) of Pomona, CA, passed majority decision in a 10-round match for the WBA Continental Super Midwest belt.
The fight went the distance as Mosley used his jab to set up his shots, while Rosado became the aggressor. Mosley, Jr. made great use of his footwork and head movement to avoid Rosado’s many powerful punches. Mosley won with scores of 98-92, 97-39 and 95-95.
“They know who I am now,” said Shane Mosley, Jr. “Gabriel is a great champion. We have to see what’s available. Right now 168 is tied up. Canelo has all the belts. Unless he’s vacating or fighting someone else. I mean who would reject Canelo. I went to 168 for a chance. ”
History made history for women’s boxing as Marlen Esparza (12-1, 1 KOs) of Houston defeated Naoko Fujioka of Tokyo (19-3-1, 17 KOs) via unanimous decision and crowned the WBC. , WBA and was crowned Ring Magazine for the first time. World Championship.
The 10-round championship bout was packed with competitive action as both fighters stepped forward and unleashed devastating punches. Esparza definitely uses his legs to dodge some of Fujioka’s attacks. In the end, the referees ruled in favor of Esparza with the scores 100-90, 100-90 and 97-93.
Marlen Esparza said: “I think it’s a really good performance given how she delivers it. “She’s a seasoned boxer, she’s a world champion. I’m proud we did everything we practiced, me and my James Cooper couch.
We’ve done really well and we expect it to turn out that way. You don’t know what a world champion can bring. We had to be patient and see what she had to bring to the table. It wasn’t hard because of the punches but more because she was suffocating.
I’m really grateful that I was able to get this experience not only for women’s boxing but also for my fans and really strengthen the division. I really want the next two belts. ‘La Bonita’ from Argentina is who I want, but I have to let my team decide what comes next. I am happy for the future”.
Azat Hovhannisyan (21-3, 17 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA, stopped Dagoberto Aguero (15-2, 10 KOs) of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, in the second via TKO in a 10-round match hair. Hovhannisyan stopped his opponent with heavy hits that brought him to a stop at the 1:11 mark of the second round. All matches are streamed live. Exclusively on DAZN all around the world.
Azat Hovhannisyan said: “I planned to escalate the war as it continued. “It was just the pace of the second half. I got hot. When I landed the first shot, I knew I was going to hurt him.”
Headline of action in Golden Boy Fight Night on YouTube, with Beto Duran and pride of San Antonio, WBA Flyweight World Champion Joshua Franco calling for the bouts; Former world champion Patrick Teixeira (31-3, 22 KOs) of Sao Paulo, Brazil, plays against Paul Valenzuela (27-11, 17 KOs) of Santa Rosalia, Mexico, in a scheduled 10-round middleweight match. Teixeira was unfortunately sent off in the second half for hitting his opponent in the back with his head. Let Valenzuela be the winner through DQ.
The Golden Boy Fight Night co-main event live on YouTube featured two undefeated fighters, Gregory Morales of San Antonio (13-0.8 KOs) and Katsuma Akitsugi of Hollywood, CA (8-0.1 KOs) in one slapstick match.
Both fighters move forward and engage in an action-packed fight, as each is in the pocket to destroy the other. The 8 featherweight bout ended with Akitsugi’s decisive victory. Akitsugi won with scores of 78-74, 80-72 and 78-74.
“I want to thank my coach and sponsor,” said Katsuma Akitsugi. “I’ve been through a lot and they’ve helped me focus more. I always train hard, there are no days off. So when they called me, I didn’t lose my chance.”
After a long break due to injury, Tristan Kalkreuth (9-1, 7KOs) of Duncanville, TX, stopped Santander Silgado (30-11, 24 KOs) of Panama City, Panama via round KOs spectacular Monday at the 2:15 mark. The heavyweight bout was originally scheduled to last 6 innings.
Tristan Kalkreuth said: “I am very fortunate to be here and back to being the same. “There are so many emotions right now. I feel good. I’m nervous and a little nervous. I’ve been out of the ring for eight months. I was curious to see how my arm would feel. I go in and throw a right hand, feeling is 100.
In a heated tussle, George Rincon (13-0.7 KOs) of Dallas, Texas, defeated Alejandro Frias (13-6-2, 6 KOs) of Tepic, Mexico, via unanimous decision on points. numbers 96-91, 96-91 and 98-89. The 10-round ultralight fight saw some notable moments as Rincon was shoved off the ring and received a headbutt that cost the judges a point from Frias.
“It was clearly my toughest fight to date,” said George Rincon. He’s a very solid fighter, I know that when I go into the fight. But this experience will only make me better. I was able to identify things that I still had to move on. ”
Dallas’ Hector Valdes Jr. (15-0.8 KOs) defeated Daniel Moncada of Mexico City (15-6-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bantamweight super fight. Valdez Jr won by points (80-71), (79-72) and (78-72) via unanimous decision.
Hector Valdez Jr said: “I feel very tired. It was the first fight in more than a year. I hurt him but he was really crafty to come in and hit him. There were punches there but as soon as I threw them he would move a little bit and they would go off track.”
In the first fight of the night, Santos Ortega (7-0, 3 KOs) of Sacramento, CA beat Hollywood, Jesus Martinez of Florida (30-16-1, 15 KOs) by knockout at the 2:15 mark. of the second inning. The match was originally scheduled to be a featherweight six-round bout.
“This is probably the best and most powerful thing I have ever felt,” said Santos Ortega. “I prayed everything went well. He waited too long for that and so did I. I knew I injured his right hand and I just went in. I know he’s done, I feel it.
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