- Ryan Garcia KO-1 Francisco Fonseca (1:20)
- Jorge Linares KO-4 Carlos Morales (2:09)
- Alexis Rocha UD-10 Brad Solomon (100-89, 99-90, 97-92)
- Blair Cobbs SD-10 Samuel Kotey (94-95, 96-93, 96-93)
- Alejandro Reyes UD-4 Nelson Colon (39-37, 40-36, 40-36)
- Bektemir Melikuziev KO-1 Oscar Cortes (2:05)
- Evan Sanchez TKO-2 Daniel Evangelista (1:52)
Round By Round
Ryan Garcia vs Francisco Fonseca
Round 1: Garcia misses on a jab. Fonseca tries a right hand to the body that falls short. Fonseca misses on another right hand. Lead left hook makes a little contact for Garcia. Check hook stuns Fonseca who stumbles back a few steps. HUGE CHECK LEFT HOOK FROM GARCIA PUTS FONSECA DOWN AND OUT! Garcia KO-1.
Jorge Linares vs Carlos Morales
Round 1: Linares comes out pressing and lands a jab upstairs. Now Morales lands one right back. Morales pops a few more jabs that don’t land but occupy Linares’ hands. Straight right lands to the body for Linares. Jab lands upstairs for Linares. Right lands to the body for Morales. Jab lands for Linares upstairs, who then catches a left hook from Morales. Accidential dead clash and Linares has a sall cut already — here we go! Jab lands to the body for Linares, Morales lands a right to the body. Morales 10-9.
Round 2: Linares comes forward and lands a jab upstairs, then another. Lead left hook lands for Linares. Counter right uppercut lands clean for Morales who then tries to jump on Linares thinking he’s more hurt than he was. Linares rattles off a combination and Morales lands a left hook in return. Linares throws three punches and gets in a shot. Short right hand lands over the top for Morales. Jab lands to the body for Linares, then another. Sharp jab lands for Linares. Close round but I’ll edge this to Linares. Linares 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Linares presses forward and misses on a lead left hook. Two punches from Morales don’t land and Linares counters. Now Linares steps forward and lands a couple punches. Jab to the body lands for Linares. Clean left hook lands upstairs for Linares, Morales lands a body shot. Three punches come from Morales to the body and head. Jab lands downstairs for Linares. Right hook lands to the body for Morales. Lead left hook partially lands for Linares. Counter jab lands for Linares at center ring. Short hard right hand land fors Linares and Morales goes down hard! Morales gets up but he’s stunned! Linares 10-8.
Round 4: Morales never saw that shot that put him down. Morlaes comes out popping the jab and then tries a right hand behind it but it doesn’t land well. Jab lands for Morales. Linares goes back downstairs and follows it up with a right hand again. Jab lands hard for Linares as Morales is starting to back up more and more. Morales takes a deep breath and fires off two punches. Clean jab lands to the body for Linares. NASTY COMBINATION LANDS FOR LINARES AND PUTS MORALES DOWN AND OUT! SWINNGGGG LOWWWW, SWEET CHARIOT! Linares KO-4.
Alexis Rocha vs Brad Solomon
Round 1: Rocha pops two jabs and then feints. Two shots land to the body for Rocha. Solomon bounces backwards and takes a jab to the body. Two shots come fro Solomon but he takes a few from Rocha with his back along the ropes. Lead left hook from Solomon doesn’t land. Straight left lands to the body for Rocha. Rocha 10-9.
Round 2: Jab lands to the body for Rocha right away. Solomon takes a step back and looks to counter but can’t keep up with Rocha’s hand speed. Two shots come from Rocha and one touches the body. Rocha comes forward behind two powe punches as Solomon covers up. Solomon misses on a jab, then another. Solomon throws two shots and Rocha covers up this time. Jab lands to the body again for Rocha. Solomon lands a shot to the body, then a left upstairs. Lead left lands for Rocha. Two straight shots land well for Rocha, who then tries to land an uppercut that misses but lands two hard body shots to finish it off. Rocha 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Hard left lands to the body for Rocha to start the round. Rocha pushes forward and misses on a left to the body. Left partially lands for Solomon upstairs. Rocha comes back with a volley of punches. More punches from Rocha strafe Solomon. Straight left partially lands for Rocha, followed by a right hook. Straight left from Rocha falls a little short this time. Right hook from Solomon gets blocked. I still think Rocha is doing more. Rocha 10-9.
Round 4: Straight left lands for Rocha following a jab. Solomon smiles and gets back on the move. Wide right hook from Solomon misses badly. Three punches come from Rocha with Solomon on the ropes. Right hook partially lands for Solomon. Straight left hand lands for Rocha. Right hook from Solomon gets blocked upstairs. Straight left lands to the body for Rocha now before the fighters end up in a clinch. Left from Rocha makes solid contact. Rocha 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Two punches come from Rocha as Solomon covers up. Straight left hand lands for Rocha. Solomon tries to land a short right to the body at close range. Straight left from Rocha falls a little short. Solomon throws a shot but Rocha blocks it pretty well. Left hand to the body falls short. Solomon doubles up on the right hand and partially lands the second. Rocha lands a straight left to the body. ANother left scores to the body for Rocha. Right hand from Solomon scores, then another one partially lands to the head. I’ll put Solomon on the board here just because. Solomon 10-9.
Round 6: Jab lands to the body for Rocha and Solomon goes on the move. Now Rocha lands a clean combination as Solomon bounces off the ropes. Right hand from Solomon makes some contact, then one to the body. Jab upstairs misses for Rocha. Solomon lands a body shot. Left hook lead partially lands for Rocha. Now Rocha gets anohter. Right hand lands to the body for Rocha. Two to the body come from Solomon. Solomon has effectively slowed this fight to a crawl. Solomon 10-9, 56-58.
Round 7: Rocha comes out looking to do damage and goes down to the body with a left hand. Left and right hook dig the body for Rocha. Solomon lands a short straight right. Two more punches land for Rocha downstairs. Now Solomon lands an uppercut on the inside. Jab lands upstairs for Rocha, then a hard right hook and grazing left to follow. Hard right hook lands to the body for Rocha. Solomon lands a right hook of his own upstairs. Jab lands to the body again for Rocha. Rocha 10-9.
Round 8: Rocha and Solomon trade and both land shots on one another to start the round. Straight left to the body makes a little contact for Rocha. Now Solomon partially lands a right hook upstairs. Both fighter collide at center ring and neither land anything clean. Rocha goes to the body with a right hook downstairs. Anohter left and right lands for Rocha but Solomon rattles off a counter assault by throws a few punches. Straight left lands for Rocha. Sweeping right makes contact for Solomon. Solomon 10-9, 75-77.
Round 9: Rocha comes out and throws a jab that misses. Straight left to the body doesn’t land clean for Rocha. Now Rocha throws hooks to both sides of the body. Two more body shots land for Rocha, then another right hook downstairs moments later. Solomon misses on a right hook lead. Straight left falls a little short for Rocha but he manages to land a right hook. Solomon gets in a shot and then steps over. Right hook from Solomon makes partial contact, then one to the body, then a third. Rocha backs off to end the round. Solomon 10-9.
Round 10: Rocha’s corner is not happy with his performance, urging him to turn things around for this final round. Rocha comes out on the attack and lands to the body with a couple punches. Left hook partially lands for Solomon. HARD RIGHT HOOK FROM ROCHA LANDS CLEANS AND PUTS SOLOMON DOWN! Solomon gets up but he’s hurt and Rocha gets smotherered right away. Another shot lands for Rocha. Solomon unsteady on his legs still but holding on pretty well. Clean uppercut counter lands for Solomon! Rocha takes the shot and comes forward but falls into another clinch. Hard body shots lands for Rocha. Solomon takes another lead left upstairs. Rocha 10-8, 96-93.
Blair Cobbs vs Samuel Kotey
Round 1: Kotey comes out stalking right away and puts Cobbs on the move. Cobbs throws a hard shot and then tries one to the body but falls off balance. Cobbs bounces from side to side and Kotey misses on a jab. Cobbs jabs and pivots out the corner before tying up. Cobbs winds up his left and then Kotey goes down on a slip. Kotey pressing again but falls short on a shot. Now Cobbs misses on his return shots. Cobbs lands a left and then a right hand shortly after. Cobbs has been boxing well from a southpaw stance so far. Lead left hand makes contact for Cobbs. Wild left hook misses from Cobbs this time. Now Kotey partially lands a right hand at the bell. Cobbs 10-9.
Round 2: Cobbs on the back foot looking to line up a big shot. Both fighters get tangled and fall to the canvas. Cobbs falls short on a jab. Three jabs come from Cobbs as he works the outside range. Cobbs lines up a big left hand that misses. Straight right hand lands for Kotey upstairs. Cobbs comes with a straight left that makes contact. Cobbs throws down Kotey now. Three punches come from Cobbs that don’t land well. Jab to the body lands for Cobbs. Cobbs is controlling the action at distance. Cobbs 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Sounds like Cobbs’ corner likes what they’re seeing so far. Cobbs lands a left to the body and then gets back to center ring where he tries to work his jab and range. Right hand from Kotey doesn’t make contact. Crowd starts booing and that might gets Cobbs’ attention as he has a penchant for wanting to ‘entertain.’ Straight left hand lands for Cobbs upstairs. Short left uppercut lands for Cobbs this time. Kotey falls short on a few punches before falling into a clinch. Uppercut lands to the body for Cobbs, then Kotey lands one but Cobbs fires back in combination. Four punches come from Kotey but they land on Kotey’s guard. Cobbs 10-9.
Round 4: Cobbs on the move to start the round and after a full lap around the ring he measures with a couple jabs and then starts circling again. The boos come again and Cobbs continues to stay on the outside. Counter left from Cobbs makes partial contact. Right hand from Kotey doesn’t land clean. Kotey presses forward but can’t keep up with Cobbs on his feet. Counter left uppercut lands for Cobbs. Right hand from Kotey lands pretty well this time. Right hand from Kotey falls short to the body. Cobbs throws down Kotey again after the fighters get tangled. Jab to the body makes contact for Cobbs, then a straight left a short time later. Right hook from Kotey makes some contact but it’s not enough. Cobbs 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Both fighters trade and Kotey might’ve landed the better shot this time. Cobbs gets back on his jab land lands two hard shots that strayed low. Cobbs fires two more shots before the referee calls a break. Kotey comes forward and Cobbs meets him with a left to the body. Straight left hand lands for Cobbs. Cobbs tries a hard left hook but can’t quite find the range. Kotey tries another right hand to the body that doesn’t land well. Kotey partially lands a right hook on the inside. Straight left from Cobbs makes contact. Cobbs 10-9.
Round 6: Cobbs trainer wants him to stop boxing so much and start beating up Kotey now. Let’s see. Cobbs tries a jab and then misses on a counter left. Right hook comes from Kotey and now Cobbs is letting his hands fly and he lands a couple hard shots upstairs. Kotey ties to fire back and Cobbs lands an uppercut. Two body shots land for Cobbs. Now Kotey lands a clean right to the body. Counter left lands on the inside for Cobbs. Kotey misses on a sweeping right hook to the body. Cobbs tries a left uppercut to the body but doesn’t land it. Now Kotey lands a clean right hand upstairs. Both fighters trading at close range and I think Cobbs gets in some of the better shots. Right hook lands for Kotey this time. Another hard right lands for Kotey just before the bell. I’ll still give this to Cobbs. Cobbs 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Cobbs pops a few and then moves around the ring. Kotey comes forward but misses on a right hand. Right hook from Cobbs doesn’t land clean. Counter left uppercut lands pretty well for Cobbs. Another both shot lands for Cobbs who tries to work the body on the inside with both hands. Left to the body lands for Kotey now. Right hook misses for Kotey, Cobbs lands a counter. Kotey misses on another right to the body. Cobbs 10-9.
Round 8: Kotey misses on another right to the body but then lands one before taking a counter from Cobbs. Right hand to the body misses again from Kotey. Straight left from Cobbs gets blocked. Three measuring jabs come from Cobbs before the fighters fall into a clinch at center ring. Cobbs dances around the ring and does another couple laps. The crowd boos some more and Cobbs feints like he’s going to come to center ring. Cobbs finally throws two shots to the body and skips to the side. Right hand lands for Cobbs upstairs. Counter left uppercut lands to the body for Cobbs. Cobbs 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Right hand lands to the body for Kotey. Now Cobbs lands a shot and Kotey goes to the canvas, costing Cobbs a point deduction. Cobbs lands a jab upstairs. Kotey rights a right hand upstairs that makes a little contact but Cobbs throws three punches in return. Right uppercut lands for Kotey. Clean right hook lands for Kotey this time. Cobbs runs to the opposite corner and Kotey looks to go to the body with a couple of punches. Left hook lands for Kotey upstairs. Cobbs throws an inefftective combination. Kotey 10-8 with the point deduction.
Round 10: Cobbs looks to work behind his jab and Kotey lands a right to the body. Right hand from Kotey partially lands this time. Cobbs jabs to the body. Cobbs reaches on a left hand that grazes Kotey. Kotey lands a left jab upstairs. Right hook from Kotey backs Cobbs off. Cobbs misses on two punches. Kotey comes forward and throws a flurry and lands a couple body shots. Left gets in for Kotey before the fighters clash heads. Right hand lead scores for Kotey, then another on moments later. Kotey 10-9 but it’s not enough. I’ve got it for Cobbs, 97-92.
Tonight on DAZN with prelims starting at 7 pm ET and the main card at 9 pm ET, Ryan Garcia and Jorge Linares both return to the ring in fights that may or may not set up a meeting between the two later this year, with a pair of welterweight bouts also featured on the card.
We’ll have live updates coming to you from the start of the prelims, and Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call at 9 pm ET for the main card.
Garcia will face Francisco Fonseca and Linares takes on Carlos Morales, a pair of solid veteran opponents for the two lightweight standouts. Both are expected to win, but Linares is never a guarantee even with all his skills, and some feel Garcia is just waiting to be found out.
In welterweight action, prospect Alexis Rocha steps up against veteran Brad Solomon, and the polarizing Blair Cobbs faces Samuel Kotey in the main card opener.
The prelims will feature a return for super middleweight prospect Bektemir Melikuziev, plus three other bouts.
Prelims (DAZN, 7:00 pm ET)
- Alejandro Reyes (2-0, 2 KO) vs Nelson Colon (4-1, 3 KO), lightweights, 4 rounds
- Bektemir Melikuziev (4-0, 3 KO) vs Oscar Cortes (27-5, 14 KO), super middleweights, 10 rounds
- Evan Sanchez (6-0, 5 KO) vs Daniel Evangelista (20-11-2, 16 KO), welterweights, 6 rounds
Main Card (DAZN, 7:00 pm ET)
- Ryan Garcia (19-0, 16 KO) vs Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2, 19 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds
- Jorge Linares (46-5, 28 KO) vs Carlos Morales (19-4-4, 8 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds
- Alexis Rocha (15-0, 10 KO) vs Brad Solomon (28-2, 9 KO), welterweights, 10 rounds
- Blair Cobbs (13-0-1, 9 KO) vs Samuel Kotey (23-2, 16 KO), welterweights, 10 rounds