SAN DIEGO – January 19, 2013 – As expected, dominating performances starred in the co-main events at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on HBO’s Boxing After Dark Saturday night. But what was unexpected was the way Mikey Garcia and Gennady Golovkin went about their victories.
In the main event, Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) put on a boxing clinic, dominating Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) from the first bell. Garcia put Salido on the canvas twice in the first round, and again in round three. Garcia was calm, focused and determined. Salido showed toughness but he was outclassed from the first bell. Garcia landed crisp hooks and upper cuts and they landed with power and impact.
Still, Salido continued to hang in despite the punishment. Near the end of round eight, Salido leaned in and slammed Garcia with a wicked head butt, hurting Garcia. As Garcia went to his corner, his nose appeared to be broken. Garcia came out for round nine, but referee Benjy Estevez asked the ringside physician to look at the nose. The doctor wanted the fight to stop, but Estevez had some discussion with the Garcia corner. After trainer Robert Garcia confirmed it had been ruled an accidental head butt and the outcome would go to the scorecards, he agreed the fight should be stopped.
Garcia was winning on points by a big margin (79-70 on one scorecard and 79-69 on the others), so this wasn’t a gamble. Garcia got the unanimous decision. He admitted being disappointed the way it ended, but said he was having trouble breathing.
Some criticism was expressed about Garcia’s team being too willing to stop the fight, instead of letting Garcia continue to try and finish off Salido. Ridiculous. It would have proved nothing. Garcia was winning without question and there was no reason to risk any additional damage to either fighter. It was a good stoppage, if disappointing.
Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin (25-0, 22 KOs) seemed apologetic after his seventh round TKO win over a game Gabriel Rosado (21-6-0, 13 KOs). Golovkin demonstrated his power, which is what the fans want to see from this knockout king. But even more impressive was Golovkin’s ring generalship and his complete command of the way the fight unfolded. This is a fighter that any opponent must respect, and fear.
Golovkin opened a cut over Rosado’s left eye, and eventually blood was everywhere. Rosado’s cut man wasn’t too happy but kept his fighter in the contest. Then Rosado started to bleed from the nose. By the end of six rounds, Rosado’s trainer Billy Briscoe asked him if he wanted the fight stopped. “Nah, don’t stop it. I can see.” This kid is south Philly tough.
But it became too much. The Rosado corner threw a towel into the ring, but referee Steve Smoger didn’t initially see it. The corner then asked the inspector to get Smoger’s attention, and the fight was finally stopped due to concerns Rosado could not see Golovkin’s punches. Rosado’s trainer told Rosado’s father, “I have to stop the fight, he’s going to get hurt.” Another good if disappointing decision by a trainer.
Golovkin apologized, and admitted to HBO’s Max Kellerman he had been ill two days before the bout, threatening a cancellation. He felt he should have taken Rosado out. “I know I can do much more, much better. This chance for me, this is a fight just for my public.” Rosado said of Golovkin, “This man is strong as hell… I just couldn’t see. He is a good fighter.”
The first fight of the evening was one of those headscratchers you get in boxing. Wily Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) was taking junior lightweight title holder Rocky Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KOs) to school. Burgos controlled the fight and used superb body shots to wear down Martinez. Martinez never did any real damage to Burgos.
Throughout the fight, Burgos simply had the look of the winner, with aggressive, strong body language. Martinez looked at the end like he just wanted it all to be over. While expecting the scorecards to end up closer than the fight appeared, it wasn’t just close. It was rule a draw by three inexperienced New York judges. Waleska Roldan had it 117-111 for Burgos; Tony Paolillo scored it 116-112 for Martinez; John Signorile has it 114-114. Martinez retains his belt. Roldan had it right. What a head scratcher.
Meanwhile a few miles up the road at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Conneticut, light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (19-0-1) defeated Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1) with a third round TKO victory. Campillo was considered by many to be a big step up in competition for Kovalev, but Kovalev handled Campillo easily. He scored three knockdowns before the referee finally stopped the fight. Impressive!
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.Gayle can be reached via Google +
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CORRECTION: In the original story, Rosado’s trainer was incorrectly identified. His trainer is Billy Briscoe, not Abel Sanchez who trains Gennady Golovkin.
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