May 23, 2016
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Richmond’s budding boxer Luis Garcia remains undefeated — and incredibly fun to watch.

In another bruising bout at Richmond Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, Garcia wowed a nearly sold out crowd by earning a technical knockout in the fourth round over Gabriel Solorio (1-2-1) to improve to 5-0-1 in his young career, according to Inside the Ropes.

Garcia didn’t have it easy — he took some shots while stalking Solorio but managed to knock his opponent down multiple times before the fight stoppage, the boxing website noted.

His gritty win encapsulated yet another successful night of boxing at the Auditorium, which has been hosting packed boxing events since April of last year thanks to promoter Michael Bazan of SquareVision Entertainment.


Despite unforeseen restroom construction at the auditorium, Bazan said he was overall pleased with Saturday’s fight night.

“Other than the facilities issue, we were very pleased with the event,” Bazan said. “Great crowd, good energy and positive vibes. Let’s keep it going.”

In other results, junior welterweight Moises Benitez (5-0 2KOs) of San Jose defeated Jhonnathan Zamudio (1-3-3) of San Francisco in the co-main event.

Women’s Flyweight Casey Morton (4-0-2) had her best outing as a pro, outboxing the tough Peggy Maerz (2-10-1).

Welterweight Joel Siapno (2-1-1 2KOs) earned a first round knockout of David Cruz (0-2) after returning from a year-long hiatus.

Welterweight Rudy Macedo (2-0 2KOs) earned a first round technical knockout over Elih “The Wolf” Lizama (0-2) of Salinas.

Women’s Olympic alternate Raquel Miller (1-0) needed less than a minute to stop Sara Flores (0-1).

In an upset, Jose Marin (1-0) scored a unanimous decision over hometown favorite Israel Hernandez (0-2-1).

Jose Iniguez defeated Pedro Madriz in the early action of the card. And Daniel Reynoso (0-0-1) and Luis Casillas (0-0-1) fought to a technical draw.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.