Luis Garcia certainly earned his redemption at “Redemption Richmond” over the weekend.
In a hard-fought battle in front of a nearly sold out crowd at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, the Richmond resident bounced back from his first career loss to defeat Julian Bautista.
The victory advances Garcia to the finals of the Square Warriors junior welterweight tournament, according to boxing publication Inside the Ropes.
Garcia (7-1-1 5KOs) won by a narrow margin over Bautista (2-3-1 1KO), the publication reported.
Garcia will next head to the junior welterweight finals to face either Jhonathan Zamudio (1-4-4) or Eddie Diaz (3-6-3 1KO), who fought to split draw Saturday, Inside the Ropes reported. Zamudio suffered an eye injury that may mean Diaz will advance to the finals.
If Diaz advances, that will be Garcia’s true chance at redemption, as Diaz is the boxer who handed him his first and only defeat.
But Garcia is less looking at future fights than examining how to improve beyond this most recent battle. He stated post-fight that he’s still working through a transition in which he changed trainers and relocated his camp closer to Richmond.
In other bouts, fellow Richmond resident Fernando Caro (2-0) defeated Kaz Barney (0-1) of Stockton in a heavyweight bout; Lennard Davis (1-0-2) of Oakland boxed to a draw with Mike Melikyan (1-2-1) of Southern California; Chris Washington (1-0 1KO) knocked out Cesar Lomeli (1-1) in the third round; Jasper McCargo (2-0-1 2KOs) of Richmond fought to a draw with Stephen Austin (0-0-1); Iris Contreras (1-0) defeated Shurretta Metcalf (1-2); Dalia Gomez (1-1) overcame Leesa Daniel (0-1); and Jesus Sanchez (2-1 1KO) edged Moris Rodriguez (5-8-1 3KOs).