Ryan Garcia drops and dominates Emmanuel Tagoe in successful return


Ryan Garcia dominates in his return

Garcia def. Tagoe via unanimous decision (119-110, 119-110, 118-109).

How can any judge score a round for Tagoe?

Garcia-Tagoe; Round 12

Tagoe tries to hold to make it to the bell while Garcia is still fighting as he connects on a left hook. Garcia cracks a left hook to Tagoe’s jaw. How’s he standing there? An uppercut to the body from Garcia. It should be a lopsided decision for Garcia. (10-9 Garcia, 120-107 Garcia)

Garcia-Tagoe; Round 11

Tagoe starts the 11th with a left. He’s got no quit. An overhand right catches Tagoe’s attention. Another overhand right for Garcia. Right uppercut and then a right cross by Garcia. Tagoe’s offering nothing. He’s providing no threat whatsoever. (10-9 Garcia, 110-98 Garcia)

Garcia-Tagoe; Round 10

Who would have thought we’d see the 10th round? A left staggers Tagoe. Garcia unleashes a flurry. Tagoe’s holding on for dear life. Garcia misses a wild left. Left to the body from Garcia. An overhand lands for Garcia. I thought Garcia would have ended things. Give Tagoe credit for holding on and trying to make it to the 11th round. (10-9 Garcia, 100-89 Garcia)

Garcia-Tagoe; Round 9

Tagoe with a combination to begin the ninth. And another one from the native of Ghana. The referee warns Tagoe for continuous holding. Four-punch combination by Garcia. Tagoe fires a right cross. Right uppercut lands 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 barely misses the left hook. Overhand right finds the mark for Garcia. Chopping right from Garcia lands on the forehead of Tagoe. (10-9 Garcia, 80-71 Garcia)

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Garcia-Tagoe; Round 7

Garcia begins the seventh with another combination to the body. Like the game plan from Garcia. Tagoe misses a slow overhand right. A right stuns Tagoe and moves him back. Garcia is stalking and looking to close the show. Overhand right connects for Garcia. Three rights and a left to the body by Garcia. Straight right down the middle catches Tagoe flush. (10-9 Garcia, 70-62 Garcia)

Garcia-Tagoe; Round 6

Double jab for Tagoe to kick things off in the sixth. Two lefts from Tagoe. Combination to the body, finished by a left hook to the side of Tagoe’s head, which shook him for a moment. A quick three-punch combination from Garcia. Three overhand right, and Tagoe is somehow standing. 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 a right to the body from Garcia. A quick jab from Garcia. Slow round. Not much action. Combination to the body, and Tagoe sticks his tongue out at Garcia. You know those had their effect. (10-9 Garcia, 50-44 Garcia)

Garcia-Tagoe; Round 4

Round four starts with Garcia pounding another left to the body. There is a flurry from Garcia, but Tagoe weathers it and tries a barrage of his own, but Garcia escapes any damage. Combination to the body, Tagoe pounds his chest from him. A one-two staggers Tagoe, but he recovers. Overhand right down the middle lands again for Garcia. He’s feeling it right now. (10-9, 40-35 GarcĂ­a)

Garcia-Tagoe; Round 3

Garcia-Tagoe; Round 2

Garcia begins the second like he did the first, walking Tagoe down and picking his shots. Stiff jab from Tagoe. A one-two wobbles Tagoe.

Garcia unloads a right to the top of the head, steps back, and blasts a right hook to drop Tagoe.

Tagoe is holding onto dear life, trying to survive the round. And he does. This isn’t going to last too much longer. (10-8 Garcia, 20-17 Garcia)

Garcia-Tagoe; Round 1

Garcia applies instant pressure and pounds a left to the body. Garcia feints, and Tagoe misses a looping overhand right. A deafening “Let’s go Ryan” chant here inside the Alamodome.

A hard right from Garcia, which makes Tagoe smile. A stiff jab by Tagoe pushes Garcia back. Garcia returns fire with a straight right hand. Hard left to the body. Garcia looks sharp early. (10-9 Garcia)

Main event time featuring the return of Ryan Garcia

It’s time for the main event as Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) battles Emmanuel Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs).

Garcia returns for the first time in 15 months. Will there be any ring rust?

Tagoe has been saying all week that he’ll show Garcia the “Ghana Pepper”.

Here we go.

Shane Mosley wins tactical fight over Gabe Rosado

Mosley def. Rosado via unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93, 95-95).

The crowd didn’t like how Mosley fought, but he fought the smart fight over the gritty Rosado. He used his superior boxing from him to thwart Rosado and earn the decision win.

Ryan Garcia, Emmanuel Garcia going through final preparations

Crowd entertaining themselves

Since they aren’t happy with what Rosado and Mosley are providing in the ring, the crowd has decided to do the wave here in the fourth round.

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Crowd not happy through two

The crowd is upset at Mosley and Rosado as they want to see more action like the previous two bouts. Instead, it’s been more of a technical affair thus far, with Mosley having the advantage.

Co-main event time

It’s time for the co-main event of Garcia vs. 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 coming off his thrilling loss to Jaime Munguia in November.

Marlen Esparza becomes unified Women’s Flyweight champion

spread def. Fujioka via unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 97-93) to remain the WBC women’s flyweight title and added the WBA belt to her collection of her.

A closer fight than the scorecards indicated, as there’s no way Esparza won every round. Indeed, she won the contest but not by that wide of a score.

A fun, all-action affair that was unexpected. Interested to see what’s next for the two-belt women’s flyweight titleholder.


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