Story by: Chip Mitchell
Mikey Garcia dominated an uncooperative Juan Carlos Burgos over 12 rounds on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden’s Theatre.
Garcia won by score of 119-109 and 118-110 twice for the first defense of his title at 130 pounds.
The first round started at a fast pace, with Garcia landing a big left hook. The shot put Burgos in cautionary mode and set the tone for a night where survival was the word of choice.
In the second, Burgos timed Garcia coming in with a nice right hand that buckled Garcia’s knees and got the crowd ramped up. However, Burgos wasn’t able to land anything significant and Garcia went to his corner to hear an animated Robert Garcia (his older brother) yell at him for his lack of defense.
Garcia elected to fight the remainder of the bout behind his jab and right hand, keeping the slower Burgos off-balance.
Garcia took away Burgos’s confidence as well as his willingness to brawl. Burgos seemed resigned to finish on his feet rather than chance a knockout by trying to mount an attack.
“His height gave me difficulty,” Garcia said. “I found my range and I found my distance and that was it.”
With the win, Garcia moves 34-0 (28 KOs). Burgos drops to to 30-2-2 (20 KOs).
In the co-feature, Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) scored a 10th round stoppage of talented and previously unbeaten Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs).
For most of the night, it appeared as if both combatants wanted to protect their undefeated records as the action didn’t pick up until late.
However in the tenth round Jennings scored two knockdowns. The second one, a big left hook caused the stoppage and punctuated Jennings claims that he’s a television fighter.
The Theatre was sold out (approximately 4,800) and hopefully Top Rank will continue to bring good cards to New York and other cities in the Northeast. TheFightJournal.com will be there to cover as many events as feasible.