Ryan Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs) showcased his readiness for championship battles with an impressive eight-round victory over the sturdy Oscar Duarte (26-2-1, 21 KOs) from Parral, Chihuahua. In this high-profile event at the Toyota Center, Garcia clinched the WBA Gold Title, thrilling over 10,000 spectators.
Post-fight, Garcia expressed his ambitions, “I’m aiming for a world title. Romero is next on my list.” He reflected on Duarte’s toughness, “I expected to finish him early, maybe in the second or third round, but he was incredibly resilient. This fight with Derrick has given us a solid foundation to build on.”
The co-main event was nothing short of stunning. WBA Lightweight International Champion Floyd “Kid Austin” Schofield (16-0, 12 KOs) needed just 1:51 in the opening round to retain his title against Ricardo “Explosivo” Torres (17-8-3, 12 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico. This fight, slated for 10 rounds and presented in association with Davies Entertainment, saw Schofield bring Torres to the canvas thrice, leading the referee to halt the fight after the third knockdown.
Shane Mosley Jr. (21-5, 12 KOs) secured the WBA Continental Americas Middleweight Title with a technical knockout win over Joshua Conley (17-6-1, 11 KOs) from San Bernardino. In this 10-round scheduled fight, Mosley Jr. patiently worked until Conley had to retire in his corner at the start of the seventh round.
Darius Fulghum (9-0, 9 KOs), in front of his home crowd in Houston, triumphed as the new WBA Continental USA Super Middleweight Titleholder. He achieved a second-round TKO at 0:56 against Pachino “Chino” Hill (8-5-1, 6 KOs) from Davenport, Iowa, in an eight-round scheduled bout. This marked Fulghum’s sixth fight of the year, underscoring his status as one of boxing’s most active prospects.
Asa “Ace” Stevens (6-0, 2 KOs) from Waianae, Hawaii, continued his unbeaten streak in a four-round super bantamweight bout against Dominique Griffin (5-6-2, 2 KOs) from Irving, Texas. The fight concluded with all judges unanimously scoring 40-36 in Stevens’ favor.
Gael “El Terror” Cabrera (3-0, 2 KO), the former Mexican Olympian, wrapped up his bantamweight fight swiftly with a first-round TKO at 2:16 against Alejandro Dominguez (2-1, 1 KO) from Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout, initially set for four rounds, showcased Cabrera’s dominance.
In the super lightweight division, Sean Garcia (6-0, 2 KOs) from Victorville, California, maintained his unblemished record in a four-round fight against Joseph Johnson (3-2-1, 0 KOs) from San Antonio, Texas. Garcia emerged victorious with unanimous decision scores of 40-34, 40-34, and 39-35.
Kicking off the night, Danilo Diez from Cape Coral, Florida (1-0), faced Jose Valenzuela from Puebla, Mexico (2-11, 1 KO) in a four-round welterweight debut. Diez claimed his first professional win with a unanimous decision, impressively scoring 40-36 on all cards.