U.S. Virgin Islands heavyweight boxer Clayton Laurent Jr. picked up his first professional over the weekend against Mexico’s German Garcia, falling in the third of four rounds at Puerto Rico’s Coliseo Ruben Zayas Montanez.
The first two rounds would have had Laurent ahead. While the two felt each other out briefly in the beginning, Laurent’s aggressive approach, foot work and combinations continued to put him at an advantage until Garcia landed a surprise punch to the face in the third round that put Laurent on the floor.
“I was winning the fight, going into the third round establishing my jab, he was getting tired, I was hurting him with the shots and I just kept applying the pressure,” Laurent said afterward. “The game plan was to wear him down and just start investing in the body, and then slowly take him out if I saw the opportunity. He came ready to fight, though, and even while I felt I was in control, it just takes one punch to change the outcome.”
Laurent’s record now stands at 3 wins and one loss while Garcia now has a five and one record.