Ryan Garcia brutal first round KO of Francisco Fonseca


Ryan Garcia maintained his unbeaten record with a stunning first round KO win over Francisco Fonseca on Saturday, his 20th consecutive professional victory.

The lightweight fight at the Honda Center in California only lasted 80 seconds, Garcia brutally knocking out the former world title challenger in the opening round.

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Fonseca attempted a wild right jab, but Garcia dodged the punch with ease, simultaneously delivering a lighting fast hook with his left, striking the temple.

Fonseca instantly dropped to the floor, his head bouncing off the canvas before coming to a motionless halt.

The Costa Rican was out cold, eyes wide and completely stunned.

The referee immediately waved his hands and checked for a pulse as the crowd went wild.

“I was planning for it to go longer, I’m not going to lie,” Garcia smugly told DAZN’s Chris Mannix.

“I’m ready for everyone now. I want everybody. Let’s go.”

Garcia’s record now stands at 20-0, with 17 KOs. The 21-year-old baby-faced assassin is cementing himself as a boxing prodigy, seemingly unstoppable in the ring.

Garcia was pretty happy with the result himself.

“It was a good performance,” Garcia said immediately after the fight. “We caught him with a little fake and caught him with that left hook. I thought the fight was going to go longer. I saw the left hook It was there. I let him get comfortable.”

Fans are now waiting for a fight between Garcia and Floyd Mayweather’s protege Gervonta Davis.

Despite being only 21, Garcia said he wants to be done with the fight game by 2026.

But with skills like he has, there’ll be no arguments but there will be piles of money thrown his way as he gets closer to his deadline.

Garcia has previously spoken about his “ghost punch” before the fight, made famous when he knocked out Romero Duno in November.

“The punch was quick,” Garcia said in a DAZN video.

“A lot of people think it was the right hand that knocked him out. When in matter of fact, it was the quick left hook right around the temple that caught him.

“I guess it wasn’t meant for people to see because I caught him clean with that left hook. If you zoom in and slow it really down, you got to slow it down more than slow motion. I took it frame-by-frame because I knew I caught him. I knew I hit him with the hook, and his whole body disappeared. A lot of people missed that.”

Video footage has also circulated of Garcia practising the “ghost punch” in a fast-paced training session.

Earlier in the co-main event, Venezuelan Jorge Linares toppled Carlos Morales by fourth-round KO.