LAS VEGAS – Elijah Garcia is beginning to assert himself in the middleweight division.
Garcia, The Ring’s No. 9-rated middleweight, stopped Armando Resendiz within the eighth spherical within the opening bout of the Showtime Pay-Per-View telecast on the T-Cellular Enviornment.
The 20-year-old Garcia, who resides in Wittman, Arizona, improved to 16-0, 12 knockouts.
From the opening bell, each fighters stood and traded within the pocket. A couple of minute left within the first spherical, the southpaw Garcia related on a right-left mixture that momentarily staggered Resendiz, who was capable of make it out of the spherical.
Resendiz did discover some success in the course of the second spherical after closing the gap between the 2 fighters.
Each continued to commerce within the heart of the ring, however it was Garcia who was capable of join with the more-effective punches to the top of Resendiz.
The tempo slowed because the battle entered the center rounds, however Garcia continued to outbox and outland Resendiz, who tried to make the most of lateral motion, however stored his fingers down, permitting Garcia to attach extra to the top. Garcia continued to maintain Resendiz at distance by peppering Resendiz with repeated jabs to the top.
A couple of minute into the eighth spherical, Garcia related on a proper hook to the physique, adopted by a proper hook to the top, dropping Resendiz to the canvas. Resendiz beat the rely however was met with a barrage of punches. A collection of punches landed to the top of Resendiz compelled referee Tony Weeks to step in and cease the battle at 1:23.
“It was a very arduous battle,” mentioned Garcia after the battle. “Resendiz was actual robust. This was my hardest battle to this point (of my profession).
Resendiz, who resides in Compostela, Mexico, drops to 14-2, 10 KOs. The 24-year-old earned a knockout win over former unified 154-pound world titleholder Jarrett Hurd in his earlier battle on March 4.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He will be reached at [email protected]
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