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Lamont Roach Jr takes WBA title from Hector Luis Garcia by split decision: Full fight video highlights and results

Lamont Roach Jr won his first world title, beating Hector Luis Garcia by split decision

Lamont Roach Jr lands a punch on Hector Luis Garcia
Lamont Roach Jr won his first world title, beating Hector Luis Garcia by split decision
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Lamont Roach Jr won his first world title tonight, capturing the WBA junior lightweight belt with a split decision win over Hector Luis Garcia.

Judges had one card of 114-113 for Garcia, and then cards of 114-113 and 115-112 for Roach. Bad Left Hook unofficially scored the fight 115-112 and 117-110 for Roach on two separate cards.

It was the second world title fight for Roach (24-1-1, 9 KO), who came up short in a 2019 WBO bid against Jamel Herring. It’s the second straight loss for Garcia (16-2, 10 KO), who went up to 135 and was stopped by Gervonta Davis in January of this year.

Roach had been waiting 16 months as a mandatory challenger for the belt, and made this chance count. The fight didn’t have a ton of big action, but did pick up some late, where Roach really took over the fight in the final four or five rounds.

The new titleholder hurt Garcia in the 11th round, and dropped him in the 12th, though the knockdown could have been ruled an accidental shot behind the head.

“It’s been a long time coming. You all see why the fight didn’t happen when it was supposed to, he’s been ducking this work the whole time. I congratulate him, he’s a great champion, but this is my shit,” Roach said.

“He was playing the cat-and-mouse game, he didn’t really want to fight. I don’t know if he felt the power or anything like that, but he was trying to be a tricky guy. I give my hat off to him, he tried to use his range, but it wasn’t enough. ... The game plan was to break him down. I seen he was a quitter — he ain’t quit tonight, he’s a tough motherfucker, but I was on the way. I was gonna get him out of there one way or another.”

“I thought I won the fight, but I respect the judges’ decision. If they take into account that last punch that hit me behind the head, then he did win, but other than that, I think I won the fight,” Garcia said.

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