Ryan Garcia destroys Emmanuel Tagoe – A round-by-round

Chronicle of his return, which culminated in a dominant performance against Emmanuel Tagoe at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.


Tagoe gave Garcia an early advantage by establishing a distance from the start, giving Garcia the freedom to stalk and punch.


While Tagoe landed a few clean body shots, Garcia was able to establish his cultured quick left hooks and deliver several good single body shots and head jabs, eliciting spontaneous shouts at every turn.



Garcia struggled to develop his signature punch combos due to Tagoe’s constant lateral movement across the ring. His reach advantage, on the other hand, was obvious. Garcia has done enough to earn the round on his tally card despite being undefeated. Garcia knocked Tagoe down in the second round after he suppressed his head with his left and soon followed up with a right punch to compel him to land on one knee. The Mexican-American had previously sent out signals with a quicker approach and more follow-up jabs.


Tagoe was caught on the ropes in one of these times and had to immediately swerve and clinch. Despite having a reach disadvantage, the Ghanaian was able to get in several good body blows and a hook to the head, but he definitely did not take advantage of the few opportunities he had to catch Garcia with his power punch.


In the third, Tagoe activated his left jab and struck a number of times through Garcia’s elevated guard, but it was Garcia who landed several solid punches on Tagoe in a very organized movement.


Garcia was calm and collected, and he would stride forward to respond as soon as Tagoe let go of his left arm. Tagoe struggled to follow his teacher Javiel Centeno’s instruction to release his right hand, which is clearly his most powerful weapon.


Tagoe didn’t even take a step forward to attack in the fourth. However, a few seconds into the first minute, the Ghanaian made an impression when he closed the gap and delivered a three-punch head combination. Garcia’s domination and precise power punches would return. Recognizing that Tagoe was playing it conservatively, he took a step forward and unleashed a barrage of stinging blows, aided by his quick left.


Tagoe raised his hands halfway through the fifth to beg the audience to keep chanting for his opponent — a hallmark tactic he employs to taunt his opponents. Garcia, on the other hand, increased his speed and used more three-punch combos as a result of this. As expected, the former IBO Champion from Ghana barely stepped up and resorted to wandering around. Tagoe was successful in flying through Garcia’s high guard with his left, but he was unable to have a significant impact on the fast-punching Mexican American.


Tagoe couldn’t get any quick ones in between Garcia’s big shots, either. Tagoe had not caused any trouble for Garcia at this point, but he appeared to be in fine shape to travel against many analysts’ fourth KO predictions.


Tagoe attacked at particular points in round six, but he still lost the round because his ‘defend first’ strategy allowed Garcia to be more productive. The latter comfortably struck twos and threes while shutting off Tagoe’s ring space. The seventh and eighth grades were characterized by the same old narrative. Tagoe, on the other hand, had a high point early in the seventh when he caught Garcia on the right side of his face with a quick left hook. This seemed to have fueled the former interim WBC champion’s desire to attack. He pursued Tagoe relentlessly, striking in rapid succession with a combination of punches and hooks.


A bulge over Tagoe’s left eye appeared to be inflamed and necessitated particular treatment during the break, although Garcia appeared to be in good shape.


Tagoe was more stable mid-ring in round nine and produced his most aggressive round. It was louder and captured more of the fight between the two boxers. Tagoe retaliated, but Garcia stayed ahead with speed and power hitting. He was also very accurate. The Mexican-American was unaccustomed to traveling this far in his 21-fight career, and he made it clear that he intended to put an end to it in order to add to his 18 knockouts. That, however, was not the case.


Tagoe took the fight to Garcia in the first round, keeping his hands active but walking to a filthy right. This allowed a flurry of punches to startle Tagoe, causing him to wobble backwards and slip.


Garcia took command once more and continued to punish in a variety of ways.


In this round, Tagoe abandoned his lateral movement, stepped forward more, and countered, but these weren’t enough to worry Garcia, who kept his signature left busy with the odd right jab. Compubox statistics had registered 135 Power punches for Garcia and 50 for Tagoe at this point.


Tagoe showed more aggression in the fourth round, combined with clever clinching after stepping forward to land or trade. Garcia snatched him a couple of times with his trademark hammer punches. Tagoe engaged both hands and pushed hard to counter, but clenching kept him safe.

Ryan Garcia vsEmmanuel Tagoe
Ryan Garcia vsEmmanuel Tagoe

As he bled on his left eye, Tagoe displayed tenacity and determination by stepping forward to punch in the last moments. Garcia, on the other hand, completed a satisfying return with a unanimous decision. Garcia won his 22nd career match with scores of 119-108, 119-108, and 118-109.


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