Ryan Garcia dominates on his return
How can a judge score a lap for Tagoe?
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 12
Tagoe tries to hold to reach the bell while Garcia still fights as he connects on a left hook. Garcia cracks a left hook to Tagoe’s jaw. How is he standing there? An uppercut to the body of Garcia. It should be a lopsided decision for Garcia. (10-9 Garcia, 120-107 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 11
Tagoe starts the 11 with a left. He has no surrender. An overhand right catches Tagoe’s attention. Another overhand right for Garcia. Right uppercut then right cross from Garcia. Tagoe offers nothing. It provides no threat. (10-9 Garcia, 110-98 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 10
Who would have thought that we would see the 10th round? A left staggers Tagoe. Garcia unleashes a flurry. Tagoe holds on for life. Garcia misses a wild left. Left to Garcia’s body. A knockdown lands for Garcia. I thought Garcia would have ended things. Give Tagoe credit for holding on and trying to get through to Round 11. (10-9 Garcia, 100-89 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 9
Tagoe with a combination to start the ninth. And another from the native of Ghana. The referee warns Tagoe for continued holding. Four-hit combination by Garcia. Tagoe shoots a straight cross. Right uppercut for Garcia. Tagoe lands a hard left hook. A combination from Garcia to end the round. Best round of the fight. (10-9 Garcia, 90-80 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 8
Another overhand right from Garcia with Tagoe nearly missing a left hook. Garcia with a left to the body and just misses the left hook. The reversed right finds the mark for Garcia. Cut straight from Garcia lands on Tagoe’s forehead. (10-9 Garcia, 80-71 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 7
Garcia starts the seventh with another combination to the body. Like Garcia’s game plan. Tagoe misses a slow overhand right. A right stuns Tagoe and knocks him back. Garcia stalks and seeks to close the show. The overhand right connects for Garcia. Three rights and a left to the body by Garcia. Straight down the middle catches Tagoe flush. (10-9 Garcia, 70-62 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 6
Double hit for Tagoe to kick things off in sixth. Two lefts from Tagoe. Combination to the body, finished with a left hook to the side of Tagoe’s head, which jolted him for a moment. A quick three-hit combination from Garcia. Three overhand right, and Tagoe is sort of on his feet. He’s tough as nails. (10-9 Garcia, 60-53 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 5
An overhand right from Garcia starts the fifth. Double left and right to the body of Garcia. A quick shot from Garcia. Slow turn. Not much action. Combination to the body, and Tagoe sticks his tongue out at Garcia. You know these have had their effect. (10-9 Garcia, 50-44 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 4
Round four begins with Garcia hammering another left to the body. There’s a flurry from Garcia, but Tagoe resists and tries his own barrage, but Garcia escapes any damage. Combination to the body, Tagoe hits his chest. A one-two staggers Tagoe, but he recovers. Overhand right in the middle lands again for Garcia. He feels it right now. (10-9, 40-35 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 3
Tagoe comes wanting to fight as he fires a series of punches. Garcia brings Tagoe down and shoots a right which catches Tagoe’s eye. Dig left of Garcia’s body. Could smell that one. Another left hook stuns Tagoe. (10-9 Garcia, 30-26 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; 2nd round
Garcia unloads a right to the top of the head, backs up and throws a right hook to drop Tagoe.
Tagoe hangs on for dear life, trying to survive the round. And he does. It won’t last too long. (10-8 Garcia, 20-17 Garcia)
Garcia-Tagoe; Round 1
A hard right from Garcia, which makes Tagoe smile. A hard shot from Tagoe pushes Garcia back. Garcia fights back with a straight right hand. Hard left to the body. Garcia looks sharp early on. (10-9 Garcia)
Main event time with the return of Ryan Garcia
Garcia returns for the first time in 15 months. Will there be ring rust?
Tagoe said all week that he would show Garcia the “Ghana Pepper.”
Here we are.
Shane Mosley wins tactical fight against Gabe Rosado
The crowd didn’t like the way Mosley fought, but he put up the smart fight against the gritty Rosado. He used his superior boxing to thwart Rosado and take the decision victory.
Ryan Garcia and Emmanuel Garcia go through final preparations
The crowd is entertained
Unhappy with what Rosado and Mosley are providing in the ring, the crowd decided to wave here in the fourth round.
Crowd not happy through two
The crowd is upset with Mosley and Rosado as they want to see more action like the previous two fights. Instead, it’s been more of a technical affair so far, with Mosley having the upper hand.
Main Event Co-Time
It’s time for Garcia’s co-main event against Tagoe as Gabriel Rosado (26-14-1, 15 KOs) takes on Shane Mosley Jr. (17-4, 10 KOs) in super middleweight action. Big fight for Rosado after his thrilling loss to Jaime Munguia in November.
Marlen Esparza becomes unified women’s flyweight champion
A closer fight than the scorecards indicated, as there is no way Esparza will win every round. Indeed, she won the contest, but not by that wide of a score.
A fun, action-packed affair that was unexpected. Interested to see what’s next for the two-belt women’s flyweight title holder.