By Mariano A. Agmi and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
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In a grudge match, undefeated unified WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs) retained his title with a brutal twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division champion Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia and Judah were kept apart at the final press conference and weigh-in, but nothing could keep them from going at it in the ring. The champion punished Judah for much of the fight, dropping him in round eight and opening a huge gash under his left eye. Judah turned the tables in rounds ten and eleven, and both left it all in the ring in round twelve. Scores were 115-112, 114-112, 116-111.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) successfully defended his WBO Middleweight title with a TKO victory over Fernando Guerrero (25-2, 19 KOs). Quillin knocked down Guerrero in round 7 with a vicious right uppercut and then followed up with a right hook to floor Guerrero once again. The referee, sensingthat Guerrero was unable to continue, called off the fight at 1:30 in round 7. Quillin started the fight strong, beating Guerrero to the punch and perfectly executing his jab. Quillin continued to dominate and eventually dropped Guerrero twice in round 3. Guerrero recovered and turned it into a fight, going toe to toe in a thrilling brawl with Quillin in round 6. Quillin was just too strong and quick for Guerrero and stepped up the pace in round 7 to finish the fight once and for all.
Danny Jacobs (25-1, 22 KOs) continued his comeback after beating cancer, knocking out fellow Brooklyn native Keenan Collins (15-8-3, 10 KOs) in round four of a middleweight bout. Jacobs immediately charged Collins in the opening round, landing hard right hands to the body and a variety of rapid fire punches to the head. Jacobs trapped Collins in the red corner in round four, unloading several unanswered shots punctuated by a left hook that dropped Collins to the canvas. The gritty Collins beat the count, but an uppercut, right hand, left hook combination dropped him again. Collins again made it to his feet, but Jacobs proceeded to unload until referee Shada Murdaugh called a halt to the bout at 2:06 of round four.
In a battle between two Brooklyn fighters, former WBA Welterweight champion Luis Collazo (33-5, 17 KO’s) demolished Miguel Callist (27-9, 18 KO’s) with a TKO in round 5 of their scheduled 8 round welterweight contest. Collazo dropped Callist with a flush right hook and seemed ready to finish him but Callist’s corner had seen enough and pulled out him out. The official time of the stoppage was 1:33 in round 5. Collazo enjoyed success early on in the fight, dropping Callist in round 3 with a series of body punches. Collazo continued to control the pace of the fight, continually landing his jab and finding success with devastating body combinations.
Bronx speedster Eddie Gomez (14-0, 9 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact, winning an 8 round unanimous decision over tough Ecuadorean Luis Hernandez (21-5, 14 KOs). A double jab followed by a right hand dropped Hernandez at the bell to end round one. Another right hand dropped Hernandez in round three, but the bloody Ecuadorean was able to beat the count. Gomez appeared to be the much faster and more powerful boxer, but the outgunned Hernandez fought valiantly throughout the junior middleweight contest. Scores were 80-70 (2x) and 79-71 for the Bronx native.
Brooklyn based Boyd Melson (10-1, 3 KOs) went the distance to defeat Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KOs) in a six round super middleweight contest. Melson won via a unanimous winning on all the judge’s scorecards with 60-53, 60-53 and 59-54. Melson controlled the pace of the fight from start to finish, using his jab effectively and by landing the cleaner shots. Melson dropped Perez in round 5 with a straight left.
Powerful Staten Island light heavyweight “Sir” Marcus Browne (4-0, 4KOs) continued his rise up the rankings, dropping Philly’s Taneal Goyco (4-6-1, 2 KOs) in rounds one and two with right hooks. After the second knockdown, Goyco’s corner advised referee Earl Brown to stop the fight at 0:54 of round two.
Brooklyn’s Zachary Ochoa (4-0, 3 KOs) was too strong and fast for Calvin Smith (2-3), winning a unanimous four round junior welterweight decision over the Alabama native by scores of 40-36 (3x).
Philly native Miguel Cartagena (6-0, 3 KOs) dominated Chicago’s Angel Carvajal (2-1) in a four round bantamweight bout. Scores were 40-36 (3x).
In the opening bout of the evening, D’Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, MD, improved to 2-0 (2), knocking Marcus Clay (2-6) down twice with right hands, the second convincing referee Earl Brown to halt the super middleweight contest at 2:21 of round two.
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