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Ryan Garcia, 130-pound prospect, scores first-round knockout of Fernando Vargas

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Ryan Garcia continues to make quick work of his opponents.

The 19-year-old prospect needed less than three minutes to take out Fernando Vargas in the ESPN main event. Garcia staggered Vargas with an overhand right, then closed in with a chopping right, followed by a left hook that folded Vargas in half as referee Jerry Cantu reached the count of 10.

It was Garcia’s third first-round KO in his last five fights, and the 130-pounder appears ready to step-up in competition. With his good looks and bounds of charisma, Golden Boy Promotions possesses big plans for the Southern Californian.

“I called it, I spoke it into existence,” Garcia said of the early knockout. “I felt nervous because it was my first main event, I was feeling the nerves, but once I lasted my strong jab, I felt good. … He’s kind of short so I had to rearrange my punches.”

Garcia (14-0, 13 knockouts) is still developing, and he’s yet to face any adversity in the ring. Vargas (32-14-3, 21 KOs) has now lost three consecutive fights, and the Mexican wasn’t selected to beat Garcia.

However, Garcia’s talent is clear. He packs a powerful punch and quick, stinging jab. Now, it will be interesting to see how he fares against better foes.

In the welterweight co-feature, Eddie Gomez scored a second-round knockout of Keandre Gibson.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger