BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Brooklyn junior middleweight Frank Galarza dropped his man twice in the second and final round of a knockout over Guillermo Ibarra, of Los Mochis, Mexico, on Saturday night’s undercard at Barclays Center.
Spurred on by a nice cheering section, Galarza (9-0-1, 5 KOs) first floored Ibarra (7-2, 4 KOs) with a barrage of blows. When Ibarra rose, Galarza dropped him for good with a right hand, after which referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in to signal the end at the 2:19 mark
The only blemish on the record of Galarza, 27, is a draw with Maryland’s Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (10-0-1, four KOs), a 6-foot-5 prospect, in September. Galarza rebounded from that with a decision over Robert Lopez in December.
Galarza-Ibarra took place on Saturday night’s undercard to a main event featuring 48-year-old former RING light heavyweight and middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins challenging IBF 175-pound titleholder Tavoris Cloud.
The night’s first bout was a battle of 201-pounders, with Steve Bujaj (9-0, 6 KOs), of New York, earning a hard-fought unanimous decision, 40-36 on all three cards, over Zeferino Albino (4-16-3, 2 KOs), of Philadelphia. Bujaj had won three straight fights by knockout.
Next, Brooklyn junior featherweight Claude Staten scored a first-round knockdown and won his professional debut by unanimous decision over Mike Hill (0-2), of New Orleans.
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