Joshua Garcia was put to the test in his audition to one day join the Golden Boy Promotions stable.
The 20-year-old from Moreno Valley, California prevailed in the very venue he visited so many times before as a fan, outlasting a determined Christian Lorenzo over four rounds. Scores were 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37 in favor of Garcia, a promising prospect who made his televised debut Thursday evening on DAZN from Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Roberto Diaz, vice president and executive matchmaker for Golden Boy, warned Garcia—who is trained by Manny Robles—that he would be matched aggressively on the show and delivered on that promise. Los Angeles’ Lorenzo (3-4, 1KOs) didn’t give an inch against the unbeaten Garcia, forcing exchanges at close quarters and enjoying success with right hands upstairs.
In the end, it was Garcia’s hand speed and combination punching that caught the eyes of the judges, as he improved to 6-0 (3KOs) with his fourth win of 2022.
Ramon Marquez will celebrate his 19th birthday on Friday but it was his unbeaten opponent who was afforded the opportunity to celebrate. Eric Tudor continued his brilliant first year as a pro with a second-round knockout of Arizona’s Marquez. The undefeated junior middleweight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida scored two knockdowns before forcing the stoppage at 2:41 into round two.
Tudor set the tone early, taking the fight straight to Marquez and landing with right hands upstairs and digging left hooks to the body. It was the body attack that quickly broke down Marquez, who was floored by a left hook to the liver midway through round two.
Tudor had Marquez (5-3, 5KOs) on the canvas moments later, though he was once again able to beat the count. Tudor applied further pressure, landing a left hook to the body and three shots upstairs before referee Thomas Taylor jumped in to stop the contest.
Tudor cruises to 6-0 (5KOs), with all five knockouts coming in two rounds or less. The 20-year-old rookie turned pro in February, with Thursday marking his third straight appearance on the Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN prospect-based series.
Jorge Estrada’s longest fight prior to Thursday lasted just 111 seconds. The unbeaten Mexicali native fought well beyond that, going the distance in taking a four-round, majority decision win over Mexico’s Sergio Gonzalez (6-12-1, 2KOs). One scorecard of 38-38 was overruled by more sensible and matching scores of 40-36 in favor of Estrada (4-0, 3KOs) in their junior middleweight heat.
Headlining the show, 20-year-old lightweight prodigy Floyd Schofield Jr. (11-0, 9KOs) faces faded former title challenger Daniel Rosas (22-5-1, 14KOs) in a scheduled eight-round contest.
STILL TO COME:
Anabel Ortiz (32-5, 4KOs), Mexico City, 108 pounds vs. Maria Santizo (10-1, 1KO), Guatemala City, Guatemala, 106.6 pounds—8 rounds, junior flyweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox