Roach edges Garcia for WBA 130lb title

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Mandatory challenger Lamont Roach (24-1-1, 9 KOs) dethroned WBA super featherweight champion Héctor Luis Garcia (16-2, 10 KOs) by twelve round split decision on the Benavidez-Andrade card Saturday night at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Roach rocked Garcia in round eleven and dropped him in round twelve to win 114-113, 116-111 on two cards. The third card was 114-113 Garcia.

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  • The knockdown in the 12th was the decisive factor in Roach win.
    The punch that caused the knockdown was also a push.
    Garcia was more active in the early rounds vs. Roach being more active in the later rounds

  • I forgot to put my picks here

    Roach decicion Garcia
    Ergashev ko subriel 10 round
    Charlo Benavides draw
    Benavides close unanimous Dec Andrade

    I know the result of roach -Garcia

    But I had it like this anyway

    • Pretty close, but given Andrade defensive skills, I’d say Andrade by unanimous decision.

  • Super close fight, but that knock down widened the judges’ eyes to tip the scales for Roach.

    Congratulations to Roach.

    Matias vs. Ergashev will cause major heat.

  • I started watching the fight at 11 Round

    And I wonder why roach start running in the last seconds of round 12????

    You gotta capitalize the victory and stop attacking is not good way to win

    Specially when the fight is close

    • He was “runni g” because Garcia came out hard, looking for a knockout.

      Good win for Roach, had him winning by the knockdown point.

  • Didn’t think the fight was that close.. no way Garcia won.. he was in the fight and it was competitive but Garcia was weak, slow, and vulnerable after the 5th.. to me Roach dominated 8-4….and that’s being generous to Garcia.. he looked beaten and was constantly hurt for most of the fight. Garcia didn’t really want anymore…

  • Roach was not that spectacular for my liking, Navarrete and Foster would be great fights to see what he really has
    A fight against Cordina would be a more realistic unification fight I think he can win

  • I did not see the first two rounds. But was somewhat shocked that it was a split decision. If Roach had not knocked Garcia down, he would have only had a draw, and maybe even a loss, as I thought Garcia was doing better in the 12th before he got knocked down.

  • Congrats champ. A reminder once again that records are deceptive and how dangerous these competitors are. 26 fights with 9 KOs and he puts his opponent down twice. Stay dangerous because its not joke in there

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