Home Boxing News Yoenis Tellez announces arrival with third-round knockout of Sergio Garcia

Yoenis Tellez announces arrival with third-round knockout of Sergio Garcia

Yoenis Tellez (right) and Sergio Garcia. Photo credit: Ryan Hafey/Showtime

Junior middleweight Yoenis ”Bandolero Tellez 6-0 (5) delivered a breakout performance when he knocked out Spanish contender Sergio ‘El Nino’ Garcia 34-2 (14) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

Before the bout questions were asked if the 23-year-old Cuban prospect, who fights out of Texas, was being moved too fast. The answer, as we found out, was a resounding no.

Opening up the Showtime par-per-view broadcast of the undisputed welterweight world title clash between Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford, Tellez weathered the early storm from the vastly more experienced Garcia, 30, finding his range in the third.

A right hand from Tellez put paid to Garcia’s ambitions in the third with the knockout coming at the 2:02 mark. Garcia was Tellez’s first opponent with a winning record.

“Right now my goal is not defined, but I want to face the best 154-pounders that are out there,” said Tellez, who is slated to face Venezuelan puncher Johan Gonzalez 32-2 (32) next in Tacoma, Washington on August 26.

Garcia said his game plan was working until he got caught, adding that he thought he should have been allowed to continue.

“My strategy didn’t change once the fight started,” said Garcia. “My goal was to tire him out and I didn’t get the opportunity to do so. He got me with a good shot and screwed the fight up for me.

“I’m so disappointed. I told the ref that I could keep going, but I guess that’s his job and they are there to stop the fight when they feel it’s right. As a fighter, I’m always going to want to continue and persevere.”

For Tellez, the result was simply the realisation of what they had been working on in camp.

“My trainer Ronnie Shields and my whole team behind me – we worked on this during training camp, especially the right hand, and it came out just the way it was supposed to come out,” said Tellez.

“The finish was the assassin instinct that us Cubans have. As soon as I saw him hurt, I knew it was time and that he was done, so I went for it.”

Co-promoter Luis DeCubas Sr of Warriors Boxing says he recognised Tellez’s talent the first time he saw him.

“The first time I saw Yoenis, he reminded me of the great Jose Napoles and I knew he was a special talent,” DeCubas Sr said.

“He was fighting in Russia against a Russian fighter, broke the guy down and stopped him in two rounds.”

The Garcia fight was Tellez’s coming out party.

“Yoenis took full advantage of the opportunity by destroying a fighter who’d never been stopped before despite facing some very good fighters,” said DeCubas Sr.

“Warriors Boxing and Boxlab Promotions thank PBC and Showtime for presenting this fight, as the boxing world now knows the caliber of fighter Yoenis Tellez is.”