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Routine for Garcia over Burgos as Jennings halts Szpilka late

Phil Jay 26/01/2014

Mikey Garcia kept a firm grip on his WBO super-featherweight title with a one-sided points victory over Juan Carlos Burgos at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York on Saturday night.

The Californian improved his standout record to 34-0 in his maiden defence of the belt he took from Roman Martinez in November and could now move up the weights again for a clash Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Apart from the second round when Burgos managed to buzz Garcia with a stinging punch, the champion was in cruise control for most of the fight and this led to my card reading 119-109 after twelve rounds.

One of the judges agreed with me as the other two handed in scores of 118-110 for Garcia, 26, to make if four world title wins in a row since defeating Orlando Salido to pick up the WBO featherweight belt.

In chief support, heavyweight contender Bryant ‘By By’ Jennings put Polish opponent Artur Szpilka on the floor twice en route to his 18th win without loss on what was on his HBO debut.

Jennings, 29, proved too powerful for the previously unbeaten 24 year-old and the referee rightly called a halt to the action in the tenth with Szpilka hurt and in no position to continue.

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