Live results: Garcia stuns Duarte and wins by 8th-round KO!
Ryan Garcia (23-1, 19 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring Saturday, December 2 in a 12-round super lightweight bout against Oscar Duarte (26-1-1, 21 KOs) from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. DAZN will have full coverage of the fight card starting at 8 p.m. ET.
It’s the first fight for Garcia (23-1, 19 KOs), a 25-year-old from Orange County, California, since his knockout loss to Gervonta “Tank” Davis in their April super fight. He remains the gem of the Golden Box boxing stable, but previous to the fight with Davis, Garcia’s competition was questioned. He has a TKO win over former Olympic gold medalist Olympic Luke Campbell on January 2, 2021, and that fight won him the WBC interim lightweight title. But he moved up in weight to take on Davis. Now he’ll stay at 135 where the division is very deep and Garcia will have to prove he can swim with sharks.
Durate is a rugged, hard-hitting fighter that could test Garcia in the early rounds. He bounced back from a split-decision loss to Adrian Estrella in 2019 to win his next 10 fights by knockout or TKO. Durate is moving up from lightweight for this fight, so he’ll be at a slight size disadvantage, But he will test Garcia’s mettle and an upset win here would breed another potential star in the 135-pound division.
Garcia comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -425 favorite while Durate is a +295 underdog.
Ryan Garcia vs. Oscar Duarte round-by-round results
Round 1: Garcia 10-9
Early right hook to the body from Garcia. Duarte answers back with a left hook upstairs that just misses.
Round 2: Garcia 10-9 (Garcia 20-18)
Garcia on the attack early here, snapping a nice right hand. Duarte still a bit timid and getting a feel for the bout. Late offense from Garcia gives him the nod.
Round 3: Garcia 10-9 (Garcia 30-27)
Slower round, but Garcia certainly has been faster with some solid combinations. Duarte still trying to land the power shot, but Garcia has been covering up well.
Round 4: Garcia 10-9 (Garcia 40-36)
Wheels falling off a bit for Duarte, couple questionable punches has Garcia and his corner calling the ref’s attention. Lighting quick one-two from Garcia puts Duarte on his heels. Yet another good left hook from Garcia.
Round 5: Garcia 10-9 (Garcia 50-45)
Duarte now walking up to Garcia more, but not landing any effective punches. Garcia showing some patience and not letting Duarte’s antics get the best of him. Fight has slowed down a bit. Another sharp combo from Garcia and he seems to sneak in late offense to grab the round everytime.
Round 6: Duarte 10-9 (Garcia 59-55)
Duarte takes his new approach and it’s frustrating Garcia a bit. Making it an ugly fight seems to be in the underdogs favor. Good body work from Duarte and he smothers Garcia time after time. Best work of the night from Duarte.
Round 7: Garcia 10-9 (Garcia 69-64)
Way more calmer approach from Garcia compared to the earlier rounds. Crowd growing bored and craving more action. Here comes Ryan with a nice left and this one hurt Duarte for the meantime.
Round 8: Garcia KO
More boos from the crowd as the once offensive minded Garcia seems to be abandoning any punches. Duarte looks gassed and his effort is showing it. BIG LEFT HAND from Ryan out of nowhere, Duarte dangles toward the ropes and down he goes! What a sweeping left hook and Duarte is seeing cowbells. Ref counts to 10 and this one is OVER!