Mikey Garcia defeats Orlando Salido by Technical Decision round 8 (79-70, 79-69, 79-69)
Mikey Garcia vs. Orlando Salido had an odd ending, but that shouldn't take away from the fight.
In round 8, Salido landed a headbutt (Intentional? Accidental?), breaking Garcia's nose. They went to the score cards at that point, giving Garcia the unanimous technical decision.
Ending aside, this was a shockingly dominant performance from Garcia. The young fighter was put to the test here, taking a huge step up in competition. And he passed that test with ease, dropping Salido twice in round 1, then again in round 3 and again in round 4. Garcia was simply the better boxer tonight, outlanding Salido at every moment. Salido stayed in it and never looked totally out of the fight, but he was absolutely outclassed in this fight. At 31-0, and now a world champion, Mikey Garcia is clearly for real.
Gennady Golovkin defeats Gabriel Rosado by TKO (corner stoppage) Round 7 2:46
Feared Middleweight Gennady Golovkin took on Gabriel Rosado in what ended up being a brutal bloodbath.
This was a story of Golovkin's power and Rosado's heart. From the opening bell, Golovkin used his jab to beat Rosado down, landing power shots throughout the fight. A Golovkin jab opened up a cut in round 2, and he continued the assault over the next 5 rounds, bloodying Rosado up badly. Rosado honestly didn't have an answer for the stronger fighter, but he showed great heart, never giving up, and even having some success in round 5. But by round 7, Rosado's corner had seen enough, wisely throwing in the towel to bring an end to the fight. Post-fight, despite dominating the fight, Golovkin was unhappy with his performance.
Juan Carlos Burgos split draw Rocky Martinez (117-111, 112-116, 114-114)
Juan Carlos Burgos and Rocky Martinez opened the show in a fight that unfortunately ends in a controversial split draw, allowing Martinez to retain his title.
Over the course of the fight, Burgos significantly outlanded Martinez. His body shots were a huge difference maker, as he repeatedly ripped the body of Martinez throughout the fight. After falling behind early, Martinez managed to come back in the middle rounds, turning in a number of very close rounds in there, only to see Burgos step up the pressure in the closing rounds. While there were a number of close rounds, that 116-112 Martinez card is inexcusable. There is just no way to argue that Burgos only won 4 rounds all fight. Bad, bad decision that once again mars an otherwise very good fight.