HBO Boxing: Garcia Defends title Against Burgos
By Eliezer Garcia, RCM Boxing Correspondent-Ringside
New York,NY (January 26th, 2014)– Mikey Garcia returned to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden to defend his title against Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night. Garcia who is now (34-0, 28 KO’s) manage to go home with a unanimous decision as the judges score card read 119-109, 118-110, and 118-10
From the start of the first bell both fighters seemed to engage into a chess match, as they were aware of each other’s punching power. Garcia is known for starting slow in the early rounds and picking up the pace in the later rounds. In the third Burgos landed a counter jab that almost sent Garcia to the canvas. After the 3rd round, Garcia managed to adapt and controlled the fight through out.
Mikey did seem to have trouble adjusting to the taller fighter, at times looking awkward with his foot work. Unfortunately, for Burgos that wouldn’t help, as Garcia is a more skilled fighter and manage to land effective punches that won each and every round.
Garcia won the fight by landing 29 percent (163-of-567) of his punches. He also landed 24 percent of his jabs (81-of-339) and 36 percent of power punches (82-of-228).
The Highlight of the night didn’t happen until after the final bell when Yuriorkis Gamboa approached Garcia during a post fight interview with Box Azteca.
“I am here to show Mikey that I am not afraid and the people want to see this fight, I am a champion he is a champion let’s make it happen ” said Gamboa
Mikey Garcia didn’t seem to like the approach and replied ” Don’t tell me I am afraid that’s disrespectful. I fight everyone and never turn down a fight. This is a business, sit down with your promoter and I’ll sit down with mine, we’ll take it from there.
The Garcia/ Gamboa fight is a fight that people want to see. There is no contract settled for this bout, but already you can taste the bad blood. From the looks of it seems we are heading towards another great year n boxing.
On the undercard Philadelphia native Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs’) scored a 10th round TKO over the favorite Artur Szpilka (30-1-2, 20KO’s). This co main event manages to steal the spotlight on this night. As both fighters gave a crowd-pleasing performance. Szpilka seemed to be in control in opening rounds as his south paw style seem to throw Jennings off balance and landed good effective left hands. Bryant continue to come in forward and as the fight went into the later rounds managed to knock down Szpilka in the 6th round. The bout ended in the 10th when Jennings caught Szpilka on the ropes with a furious left hook that was felt by the entire arena.
Puerto Rican Prospect Feliz Verdejo (10-0-10 KO’s) stops Lauro Alcantar (8-1-1 KO’s in the first 20 seconds of the first round.
Julian Rodriguez (3-0-3 KO’s) stopped Neyeine Muang 1st round with a left hook to the body.
Albert Machado (6-0-4 KO’s) stopped Nuwan JAyakody in the 2nd round.