Broken-nosed Garcia triumphs
Miguel Angel Garcia knocked down Orlando Salido four times before winning the WBO featherweight title on a technical decision in New York on Saturday night.
Garcia, popularly known as Mikey, finished the fight at Madison Square Garden with a broken nose but won on a technical decision.
A clash of heads in the eighth round resulted in the challenger’s nose being broken and the fight was stopped on the advice of a doctor before the ninth round could start.
Garcia was leading 79-69 on two cards and 79-70 on the third at the time and deservedly became the new champion.
The 25-year-old had knocked the champion down twice in the first round, once in the third and again in the fourth. Each time Salido’s gloves briefly touch the floor as Garcia’s blistering left buckled his knees.
Garcia is still undefeated as a professional. He has now won 27 of his 31 fights by knockout.
The 32-year-old Salido’s record dropped to 39-12-2, with 27 knockouts. He won the IBF featherweight title in May 2010 but soon lost it. He took over the WBO title in 2011.
But after the fight against Garcia he looked like a victim of a traffic accident, with his right eye almost swollen shut.
Earlier, Gennady Golovkin stopped Gabriel Rossado in the seventh round to retain his unbeaten record and his WBA and IBO middleweight titles.
Rosado was cut near the left eye in the second round and was bleeding so badly that his corner eventually threw in the towel.
Golovkin, who is from Kazakhstan, is undefeated after 25 fights, of which he won 22 by knockout. Rosado, who is from Philadelphia, now stands at 21-6; 13.
Roman Martinez, the WBO super-featherweight champion, and Juan Carlos Burgos drew over twelve rounds – 117-111 for Burgos, 116-112 for Martinez and 114-114.
Martinez, a Puerto Rican, improved to 27-1-1; 17. Burgos, a Mexican, dropped to 30-2; 20.