IT was fast and furious.
Lightweight prospect Ryan Garcia demolished Filipino Romero Duno in just a single round to remain undefeated on Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday, Manila time).
The 21-year-old American, who entered the ring wearing a red cape, sent Duno down on the canvas with a perfectly placed right hand in the first round.
The Filipino, who was supposed to provide Garcia his toughest test yet in his young pro career, tried to get up on wobbly legs but referee Tony Weeks wisely stopped the fight at the 1:38 mark of the round at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Garcia raised his record to 19-0 with 16 KOs.
“It’s kind of what I expected,” he said afterwards. “But all respect to Duno. He came to fight. He came in shape. And he caught me with the overhand right.”
Duno, from Cotabato City, did come out as the aggressive fighter and quickly made a statement by landing that hard right against Garcia.
But it proved to be his only shining moment as seconds later Garcia delivered the coup de grace against the Filipino.
It was the second loss for Duno in 23 fights, with 16 KOs.
The fight was the main undercard in the Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev light-heavyweight bout for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) title belt.