Danny Garcia KOs Rod Salka
Light welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia disposed of opponent Rod Salka in the 2nd round of their scheduled 10 round non-title bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The bout was a no-contest right from its inception. While Golden Boy Promotions initially promoted it as a title bout, the WBC and WBA refused to sanction it as a title fight because of the obvious mismatch. This forced the organizers to relegate the contest into a 10 round affair which was fought at a 142 pound catch weight.
It wasn’t a problem for Danny Garcia, who appeared to have rehydrated to around 160 pounds on fight night. It was a problem for blown up lightweight Rod Salka who had to bulk to at least 10 fight pounds to make this an official fight. But it was over as soon as the first punch was thrown.
Like Target Practice
The 26 year old Garcia ( 29-0 with 17 knockouts ) had an easy first round, methodically chopping Salka (19-4 with 3 knockouts) with ferocious body shots. He took it to another level in the second round and turned it into a dangerous target practice.
Salka went down for the first time with a right hand but just as he got up, Garcia fired away and forced Salka to his knees for the second knockdown. Finally, Garcia landed his famous left hook on Salka’s china, forcing referee Pete Santiago to wave off the bout at the 2:31 mark just as Salka’s corner was about to throw the white towel into the rig.
The knockout was Garcia’s first since 2012, when he knocked out Mexican legend Erik Morales in the 4th round of their rematch for the WBA,WBC and Ring light welterweight titles. It was his sixth straight successful title defense since winning the WBC belt against Morales during their first encounter in 2012. Garcia unified the titles in his next fight by knocking out Amir Khan last July 2012.
Moving Up to 147
Angel Garcia, Danny’s trainer and father, said after the bout that they are definitely moving up in weight to 147 pounds because Danny is “already the best at 140 pounds.” However, he said that if there is an opportunity to fight IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, who also fought and won on the same fight card, they might reconsider.
Danny Garcia also said that he was “all about fighting the best fighters.” He added that he will leave his next bout to adviser Al Haymon, but countered that if “( Lamont ) Peterson wants it, he can get it too.” This probability was affirmed by Golden Boy Promotions Vice President Eric Gomez who revealed that they’ve “talked about it.”
Gomez also confirmed that Garcia is “available and willing to fight Peterson” while Peterson has been calling out Garcia since his last fight against Dierry Jean last January.
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