Golden Boy prospect Ryan Garcia remained unbeaten with a fifth round knockout of Braulio Rodriguez on the Canelo-Rocky card, pretty much dominating the fight before scoring the final right hand.
Official time of the KO was 1:14 of round five.
Garcia (17-0, 14 KO) was coming off of a very tough fight with Carlos Morales in September, but the 20-year-old lightweight looked pretty damn good tonight, dropping Rodriguez (19-4, 17 KO) in the first round on a left hook, staying in calm control against a clowning opponent who was looking to mentally rattle his young opponent.
That never happened, as Garcia kept winning rounds until landing a big right hand in the fifth for the finish. Rodriguez also lost a point in the third round for repeated low blows.
In the end, it was pretty much a blowout. Though Rodriguez played to the crowd quite a bit — and drew a lot of boos for it — he didn’t accomplish much at all in the ring.
“I wanted to show that I can fight and I’m for real,” Garcia said after the fight, adding, “We knew from the weigh-ins when he pushed that he would try to intimidate me, I think that’s what he was trying to do. But I came in here, like, ‘That’s not going to happen.’”
And it didn’t. Garcia outlanded Rodriguez substantially, connecting on 87 of 198 (44%) of his total punches to just 13 of 95 (14%) for Rodriguez. Garcia landed 28 of 80 (35%) power shots, working behind a solid jab, while Rodriguez landed a mere 9 of 33 (27%) of his power punches.