Super Featherweight prospect Ryan Garcia (14-0, 13 KOs), enhanced his already lofty expectations with a first round blow out of Fernando Vargas (33-16-3, 24 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Events Center in Indio, California. In impressive style Garcia patiently awaited his moment which came in the dying seconds of the opener, a combination of a right hook, left uppercut serving its purpose to end the night early for the ever emerging star.
On the night’s undercard, fight fans warmed to a nice little encounter between Jonathan Navarro (13-0, 7 KOs) and Gabriel Gutierrez (5-7, 3 KOs), Both men had their moments early, Navarro just edging ahead in terms of landing the better of the two. Gutierrez was game and willing but much to the confusion of those in attendance, after a combination landed from Navarro in the second, the referee quizzically jumped in to halt proceedings prematurely, leaving fight fans to air their frustration in the form of boos that rang out around the arena.
Elsewhere, Aaron McKenna (2-0, 1 KO) lived up to his billing as a future star with a first-round stoppage of Jose Palacios (1-2, 1 KO). McKenna who is the latest addition to the Goldenboy lineup hurt Palacios with a number of shots which dropped the man from Colorado before ultimately gaining the stoppage he sought in the opening stanza.
In the co-main event of the night, welterweight Eddie Gomez (21-3, 12 KOs) continued the trend of fights ending early with a second-round knockout of KeAndre Gibson (18-2-1, 7 KOs). Gomez unleashed a one-punch KO over a lazy jab from Gibson which dropped his man hard to the canvas, Gibson to his credit somehow made it to his feet but Referee Tony Krebs decided he had seen enough to wave off the contest.
Featherweight Joet Gonzalez (19-0, 11 KOs) went the longest of all participants on the fight card, earning a fifth-round stoppage over Rolando Magbanua (26-7, 18 KOs) of the Philippines. Magbanua remained aggressive throughout but was presented with too much firepower from Gonzalez, uncorking a hard body shot that dropped Magbanua in the fifth, prompting the stoppage 2:06.
Super welterweight prospect Raul Curiel (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a second-round knockout over Quantavious Green (1-2, 1 KO). Curiel a 2016 Mexican Olympian dropped Green twice before the referee stopped the one-sided contest at 1:29 of the second.
Opening up the night with an upset, Eugene Lagos (13-5-2, 8 KOs) put a digit in the loss column of the previously undefeated Emilio Sanchez (16-1, 11 KOs). Lagos landed a right hand that knocked Sanchez out cold after 35 seconds of the second round.
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