Garcia easily defeats Burgos and now looks ahead

Rich Mancuso

New York- Mikey Garcia may have expected a tougher fight Saturday night at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden against the challenger Juan Carlos Burgos for his junior lightweight title.  A fight that should have been more difficult became an easy 12-round unanimous decision win over for Garcia.

Two of three judges at ringside scored the fight 118-110, a third 119-109 for Garcia who started slow in the first round but was able to dominate the fight from the second round on. Garcia held Burgos to 16 percent landing of his punches and successfully defended the WBO title he won from Orlando Salido in the same building last January.

“Once I found my rhythm and range I was expecting him to do that,” he said about Burgos making him go the distance. “I found my distance, my range and timing.  I have all the skills,” he said. 

Burgos, 30-2, was stunned by a Garcia left hook in the second round and in the following round followed up with a right that also connected. After that, Burgos, who had a slight height disadvantage, was able to stay in the fight but could not connect

There was much speculation prior to the fight as to what the options were for Garcia had he prevailed. In a post- fight interview in the ring, Garcia was asked about a possible move up in weight or defending his title again. The names of Yuriorkis Gamboa and Manny Pacquiao have been mentioned.

On possible fights with Gamboa or Pacquiao , Garcia said, “If they want to sit down and negotiate the fight we will agree on the terms.”  That would be determined as to what is the best option for Garcia. Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum has said that Garcia has that potential to be a superstar in the sport.

A fight with Pacquiao would mean moving to 147, something Garcia has claimed would not be an issue. Garcia remained undefeated at 34-9, 29 KO’S.

In the co man event, Bryant Jennings remained undefeated as a heavyweight and easily scored a 10th round TKO over the previously undefeated Artur Szpilka on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Juan Carlos Burgos junior lightweight title bout.

Jennings used a left to the body that put Szpilka down to one knee briefly in the sixth round.  He continued to go to the body and the head in the seventh round.  He finished round nine with a flurry of punches that also rocked Szpilka. But in the tenth, Jennings rocked with another left that sent him to the canvas.

The finish came with another short right and left to the head that caused referee Michael Ortega to put a halt to the right at 2:22 of the tenth and final round. Jennings improved to 18-0-10 with K0’s while the 24-year old Szpilka, a native of Poland, sustained his first defeat in 17 fights.

Judges at ringside had Jennings way ahead on their scorecard at time of the stoppage. In the co man event,       

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