LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2017 – The Forum undercard produced several unlikely winners as fans found their way to their seats and as hardcore boxing enthusiasts watching via RingTV.com online.
Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (10-0, 9 KOs) of Victorville, California had one of his most impressive performances to date, scoring a first round knockout again Mario Macias (27-22-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico. Garcia is quickly developing a fan base in Southern California and it’s easy to see why. He landed a right hand second into the fight putting Macias on the canvas. Macias managed to get up, only to have the same hand land again, this time for good at 1:14 of the round as referee Jack Reiss waved Macias out.
Garcia paid a quick visit to the media section, smiling and asked, “How did you like it?” Still just 18 years old, Garcia is rising up the lightweight ranks quickly. The only thing we don’t know about him is whether he can take a punch. He’s never given an opponent a chance to get near him.
“It felt like a blur. Like a dream that just happened quickly,” said Garcia. Although I wouldn’t rate this as my best performance since I think my last fight against Tyrone Luckey was the best. I want to be on the Canelo-GGG card, and continue to step up the level of opponents I face. Maybe when I turn 20 years old I will start to call out world champions.”
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego via the Philippines was true to his nickname in his strongest peformance in many years, winning by TKO in the eighth and final round over Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (33-11-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico. Referee Thomas Taylor stopped the bout at 18 seconds after a right and left by Gesta added to plenty of acculmulated damage.
In his second fight training this year with Freddie Roach and Marvin Somodio at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, Gesta put Honorio on the canvas in the second round with a left hook. His punches had a lot of snap and he moved the taller Honorio all over the ring, to the delight of his his many fans chanting, “No Mercy” at The Forum.
“It feels great to be back, I am almost at 100% to where I want to be after my surgery,” said Gesta. “With all the rehabilitation and training under Freddie Roach, I am on track to fight for a title very soon. Right now, I just want to keep improving, and keep focused.”
It was the shot in the arm Gesta needed to put him back in the mix in the lightweight division. After two long layoffs over the past four years, the clock is ticking for Gesta. He needs to capitalize on his refreshed skills and book another fight soon.
In a battle of Guadalajara fighters, Diuhl Olguin (11-7-2, 9 KOs) delivered a surprisingly strong performance, winning by unanimous decision over Horacio Garcia (32-3-1, 22 KOs). Olguin knocked Garcia down twice, once in the second round and again in the eighth and final round. Garcia, trained by Eddy and Chepo Reynoso, trainers of Mexican star Canelo Alvarez, managed to survive to the end of the bout. Judges scored it 77-73 X 2, and 76-74. Olguin’s favorite weapon was a vicious upper cut, but he also scored with hooks and body shots.
“I feel very happy about my first win outside of Mexico, I just can’t believe what just happened,” said Olguin. “I wasn’t the favorite, and I had to move up a couple of weight classes to take this fight. I want to start to take on tougher contenders in the sport in my weight class.”
Jaime Arboleda of Panama (10-1, 8 KOs) suffered his first defeat, knocked out by Recky (nope, it’s NOT Rocky) Dular of the Philippines (10-2, 7 KOs) at 2:03 of the second round of their eight round super lightweight bout.
“This was my first fight in California, so it means a lot as I continue to develop my career,” said Dulay. “I’ve been training here in the U.S for about two to three months, so I am ready to fight more here now.”
Less of a surprise, Manny “Chato” Robles Jr. of Los Angeles (13-0, 5 KOs) kept his perfect record intact and his hometown fans happen when the corner of opponent Christian Esquivel of Mexico (29-12, 22 KOs) stopped the bout in their featherweight fight.
Robles, son of respected trainer Manny Robles Senior, had way too much firepower for the journeyman Esquivel, who took the fight on late notice. It was a good decision by his corner. “It was a strange ending, but he was getting a lot of punishment from me,” said Robles. “The referees were actually going to call it after the fifth round finished. I think my preparation allowed me to win each round, and I am glad I got to do that in front of all my friends and family who were cheering me on here at the Forum.”
Fans miss out on a unique experience if they don’t attend the undercard fights and watch the prospects working their way up the rankings. It’s a relaxed atmosphere, quiet enough to hear family and friends cheering and trainers shouting out directions. Sometimes you get to catch a rising star, and you won’t soon forget it if you do.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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