By Matt Richardson and John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer (Garcia-Salido)
Photos: Joel Colon/PR Best (Golovkin-Rosado, Martinez-Burgos, Verdejo-Archambault)
Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) showed he’s a force at featherweight, dethroning WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) via eight round technical decision on Saturday night at the Theatre in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Mikey dropped Salido twice in round one and again in rounds three and four. The bout was stopped after Garica’s nose was broken by a headbutt in round eight, which was ruled accidental. Scores were 79-70, 79-69, 79-69 for Garcia.
Undefeated WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (25-0, 22 KOs) punished “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) for six-and-a-half and got a TKO at 2:46 of round seven. Golovkin cut Rosado over the left eye in round two, and pressured Rosado relentlessly. Rosado was a bloody mess by round six. Rosado’s corner throw in the towel in round seven to protect their super game fighter.
WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KOs) and #1 contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-1, 29 KOs) fought to a controversial twelve round draw. Burgos outworked Martinez and his body attack hurt Martinez repeatedly, but in the end the scores were 117-111 for Burgos, 116-112 for Martinez and 114-114.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Sean Monaghan (17-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a hard fought and bloody eight round unanimous decision over Roger Cantrell (15-3, 8 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 78-74, 79-73.
Hot lightweight prospect Felix Verdejo (2-0, 1 KO) needed just 21 seconds to annihilate Tomi Archambault (1-4, 1 KO). A left hook as all it took.
In a junior middleweight fight, prospect Glen Tapia made short work of Ayi Bruce, stopping him in the second round. Bruce (14-9, 8 KO’s) was dropped with a body shot in the second and was stopped on his feet seconds later after taking a barrage of shots on the ropes. Tapia is now 17-0 with 10 KO wins.
In a cruiserweight battle, Anthony Ferrante (13-4, 8 KOs) violently stopped previously unbeaten Isa Akberbayev (10-1, 7 KOs) in the tenth round. Both men traded knockdowns in a wild first round. They fought on roughly even terms until Akberbayev was cut in the sixth. He was stopped at 1:19 of the tenth after being spectacularly knocked out face first.
In a welterweight fight, Mikael Zewski (18-0, 14 KOs) stopped Brandon Hoskins (16-4-1, 8 KOs) in the fourth round of a scheduled six. Time of the stoppage was 1:42. After Hoskins was knocked down twice in the fourth, the third knockdown was enough to prompt the referee to call the fight off.
In a super middleweight fight, Ronald Ellis (7-0, 6 KOs) easily won a shutout decision against Steven Tyner (3-10-2, 2 KOs). All three judges scored the fight the same at 40-36 for the still undefeated Ellis.