INGLEWOOD — At 18 he has already found the secret to boxing longevity. Don’t box much.
Ryan Garcia’s career looks like Noah’s Ark. He had won his five previous fights in two, two, two, two and two rounds. He trained hard for this one Saturday night at The Forum, as he ran five hours a day in Las Vegas, sparred fervently in a stuffy gym.
For all that, Garcia barely got his heart rate up. After two knockdowns and 74 seconds, referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight. Garcia’s 10th win became Mario Macias’ 22nd loss.
The only man to go the distance with Garcia is Cristian Cruz last year. That was only a four-round distance.
“People say, maybe you should get more rounds in,” Garcia said. “No, maybe I might get hit with a punch, and why do you want to play with somebody? I love to box, because I think boxing is an art. But if boxing ain’t working, I’m coming at you and I’m going right through
“Tonight the guy was leaving himself wide open. I had to take the shots. If I didn’t I was going to be embarrassed..”
Garcia had enough breath for a banshee scream when he got back into his makeshift dressing room. He is like one of those Pall Mall cigarettes: strong and unfiltered.
In some ways boxing fans can’t wait to see what happens when Garcia grows up. In other ways you hope he never does. He has the essentials to be a champion and a star. There are far fewer stars than champions.
Garcia is a legitimate 5-foot-10 lightweight. He weighed only 131.6 on Friday, well below the 135-pound limit, and came into the ring at 136. “Macias weighed 147,” Garcia said, smiling.
It obviously didn’t matter against Macias, but Garcia has menace in both hands. Since he took up boxing 10 years ago, he has had a knack for the timing, the ability to make each punch significant.
“It’s my precision,” he said. ‘Every time I throw, I hate to miss. It’s like those timing games in the arcades. I win every single time. Guys watch me and they pay me to keep…