Ryan Garcia admits fatigue in majority decision win over Carlos Morales


INDIO, CALIFORNIA — Headlining the third main event of his career, Ryan Garcia found himself on the winning side of a unanimous decision against Carlos “The Solution” Morales on the latest edition of Golden Boy Boxing on FaceBook Watch from the Special Events Center at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino.

The opening round not only had both fighters going toe-to-toe, but the audience was seemingly split in terms of cheering sections. Garcia (16-0, 13 KOs), a Victorville, California native, found an opening with a right hand in the third round of action that brought his fans in attendance to their feet. However, Morales, 28, responded back with his own arsenal of punches that had Garcia re-think his aggression for the remainder of the round.

Through the rest of the bout, Morales suffered a bloody nose as a result of Garcia’s straight right and left-hand shots. Nevertheless, Morales found openings to snap the 20-year-old Garcia’s head back, but repeatedly found himself in a series of clinches that halted the momentum. Garcia said after the bout that he felt fatigue from the opening bell, and could not find a reason as to why. The young fighter, who now has over 1 million Instagram followers, kept looking towards the big screen in the middle to late rounds.

“I don’t really get fatigue, like I said. I don’t really have an explanation,” Garcia said in press row following his win. “I just felt fatigue right away.”

As the ending bell sounded, scores of 98-92 (twice) and 95-95 were read in a majority decision for Garcia — who remained undefeated. Garcia stated that he wanted to improve on his head movement in his future fights, as he realized Morales connected on punches that could have possibly been avoided.

Neeco Macias overwhelms Marvin Cabrera into defeat

In a matchup between two undefeated southern California fighters, Neeco Macias completely overwhelmed Marvin Cabrera (8-1, 6 KOs) in a sixth round stoppage victory in the co-main event of the night. Macias, 27, came out at the beginning of each round with pressure and punches that pushed his opponent to take his first professional loss.


Photo: Tom Hogan

Macias (17-0, 10 KOs) had a majority of the fans behind him, as he was fighting out of Palm Desert, California — a local city only ten miles away. Chants of “Rooster, Rooster,” echoed throughout the sold-out Fantasy Springs Special Events Center as each round occured. However, possibly the most intriguing statistic of the night, was that Macias ended the bout with 1007 total punches thrown, and five of those were jabs.

Macias, who says he wants to keep training hard and seeing what’s next, was ultimately glad he attained the stoppage as he knew he was fighting on a Golden Boy Promotional card.

“We were expecting to have to go eight rounds and steal a decision from a Golden Boy fighter at a Golden Boy show,” Macias exclusively told Under The Hand Wraps. “So, it made us bring the best out of me.”

Undercard results:

  • Sergey Lubkovich (9-0, 7 KOs) defeated Juan Ruiz (21-3, 13 KOs) — 2nd round KO
  • George Rincon (5-0, 3 KOs) defeated Daniel Perales (10-13-2, 5 KOs) —
  • Alex Rincon (5-0, 5 KOs) defeated Osbaldo Gonzalez (6-3, 4 KOs) — 3rd round KO
  • Kevin Ventura (10-0, 8 KOs) defeated Eduardo Reyes (9-15, 6 KOs) — Unanimous decision
  • Patrick Teixeira defeated Nathaniel Gallimore — Unanimous decision


About Albert Baker

Writer/Producer/Director of the Under the Hand Wraps documentary series and owner of Albert Baker is currently based in Fresno, California and has been covering boxing since 2014.

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