News December 2011

Rusty Luis Garcia marks American debut with a win

31.12.11

By @livefight

Luis Garcia vs Alexander Johnson

Luis "The Lion" Garcia made his Showtime American debut last night on the Jermain Taylor undercard against tough, but limited Alexander Johnson with a near shut-out win across the scorecards of 80-71 and 80-72 twice.

Showing flashes of sublime skill and silly mistakes at times, Luis certainly showed the vast potential he possesses. But an absence from the ring of over a year since his 2nd round demolition of former world level veteran Byron Mitchell, was certainly evident.

The Cuban, based out of Cork, Ireland for the last few years holds amateur wins over Emilio Correa, the man who pushed James Degale all the way in the Beijing Olympic finals. But 'politics' surrounding the squad saw Correa get the spot.

Now campaigning at Light Heavy, the 24-year old has plenty of raw talent that could see him challenge for a strap in the next couple of years so long as his development steps up a level.

Pressing the action from the opening bell, Garcia picked holes in Johnson (who has often sparred the likes of the Dirrell brothers during camp) and at times made him look silly. But other times his low-left hand saw him take unnecessary shots that more experienced opponents could possibly take advantage of.

Overall the showcase was a success, with many observers impressed. But more work is still to be done in the gym, to improve the flaws he showed before he will be ready for the top flight run.

Garcia improves to 12-0 (9ko) whilst Johnson suffers his first loss and slips to 12-1(5ko).

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