3 More Rounds

Garcia thrashes Salka in 2

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Unified junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia made quick work of unheralded Rod Salka at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night in a 10-round welterweight bout.

Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) had some success in the first round, landing his left hooks, but in the second round, a right hand stunned Salka badly and after a late reaction, was finally put on the canvas with a follow-up combination.  Salka was up slowly but still in a daze and another barrage put Salka down again.  This time he got up right at the nine count, but it was all for not as moments later, Garcia landed a nasty left hook that put Salka on his back, his head bouncing off the canvas.  The fight was immediately waved off.

“I came here to purge. I told everybody tonight was going to be the ‘Danny Garcia Show.’ No matter who I fought tonight, they were going to get beat. I was going to purge. I was out to kill,” said Garcia after the fight.

Garcia Salka Fight Night-0007“I didn’t think this was going to be an easy fight. I thought he’d try to box me. But it is not about the opponent. When I am at my best I can beat anybody and I already proved that.”

In the co-featured bout, Lamont Peterson successfully defended his IBF junior welterweight title with a 10th round stoppage of Edgar Santana.  Peterson put together an effective body attack that slowed Santana down as the rounds progressed. Santana did his best to try and land power shots, but was unable to mount much of an offense as Peterson continued building up the points.  In the tenth round, Peterson unloaded on Santana, who had been hurt on numerous occasions and the ringside physician asked for the fight to be stopped.

In the opening bout, Daniel Jacobs picked apart Jarrod Fletcher in a middleweight fight.  Jacobs had Fletcher in major trouble in the opening round but was unable to put him away.  Fletcher took advantage by getting more aggressive as Jacobs took a few rounds off, but finally stepped on the gas as he had Fletcher hurt again in the fifth, before the fight was called off.

One Comment

  1. Bob Bradley

    August 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Salka’s courage is laudable, conspicuous as he challenged himself beyond his abilities. Garcia’s undetectable, as he schemed to redeem himself below his abilities. Redemption remains in Puero Rico, where he lost the fight and formerly deserved repute.

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