Garcia becomes world champ; Golovkin stoppage; Martinez v Burgos draw
WBO featherweight title challenger Miguel Angel ‘Mikey’ Garcia produced a performance beyond his 25 years to pick up his first world championship and push his record to 31-0.
Dropping champion Salido twice in the first and once in the third and fourth rounds, Garcia cruised to a wide points victory as the more experienced Mexican became more and more frustrated.
Garcia used punch-perfect tactics throughout the fight, stepping in to counter Salido with some flashy combinations and kept on the outside when needed as he racked up the rounds.
The fight came to a premature end though as an accidental headbutt broke Garcia’s nose in the ninth round and predictably, the scorecards handed the Californian a 79-69 (twice) and 79-70 victory.
In chief support, WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin battered brave challenger Gabriel Rosado for six and a half rounds until the Philadelphian was saved by his corner.
The formidable Golovkin, 30, left 27 year-old Rosado bloodied and beaten to extend his unbeaten record to 25-0, with his 22nd career stoppage and further enhance his growing reputation.
Also on the card, Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez remains the WBO super-featherweight title holder after battling to a draw against Juan Carlos Burgos and may now be set for a rematch the Mexican.
The Puerto Rican was handed the decision 116-112, whilst Burgos took another 117-111 and a third judge saw it the same way I did to card 114-114 and allow Martinez to maintain his title status