RingTV.com has a live round-by-round live update on this page of Saturday night’s non-title 142-pound bout during which RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia scored three knockdowns in the final round of a second-round knockout over Rod Salka at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Garcia (29-0, 17 knockouts) was last in action for a majority-decision victory over the crafty Mauricio Herrera, and was making his third appearance at Barclays Center against Salka, having scored consecutive victories there over Erik Morales by fourth round knockout in October 2012 and by unanimous decision over Zab Judah in April 2013.
In his last fight, Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) dropped previously unbeaten Alexei Collado in the third round en route to an upset unanimous-decision victory.
Garcia had an advantage in overall punches landed (50-to-10), power shots (41-to-8) and jabs (9-to-2) against Salka.
Showtime will broadcast the fight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Garcia vs. Salka
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Referee: Steve Willis
Judges: Don Ackerman, Kevin Morgan and Joe Pasquale
DANNY GARCIA WINS BY SECOND-ROUND KNOCKOUT AT THE 2:31 MARK!!!!
Round 1: Fighters at the center of the ring. Garcia jabs twice early at the circling Salka. Clearly Garcia’s stalking. Jab and two body shots by Garcia. Salka tries to the body by takes a right and left, another right and then a double-left jab to the head and body. Salka circling left by takes a right and then a left to the body. Right and two lefts, the latter to the body by Garcia. Right to the body, left to the body, right to the head by Garcia. Right to the stomach by Garcia. Another hard right to the body by Garcia. Double-jab by Salka. Right, left, right all to the body by Garcia. Left hook by Garcia and then a right. All Garcia. Jabs fall short for Salka, who did well to maintain some distance. Garcia, 10-9.
Round 2: Double-jab by Garcia. Jab to the body by Salka. Left to the head by Garcia. Good exchanges early. Good movement by Salka. Double-jab by Salka. Right to the body by Garcia. HARD RIGHT BY GARCIA WOBBLES SALKA, WHO THEN GOES DOWN FROM A SUCCESSION OF BLOWS. He’s up at the count of eight, but Garcia is on him. Right to the head, two lefts to the body. Hard right and left hook by Garcia. Right to the body. A SUCCESSION OF THREE RIGHT HANDS AND SALKA TAKES A KNEE!!! Salka’s up at the county of nine. SALKA’S GETTING HAMMERED!!! WICKED LEFT HOOK DROPS SALKA FLAT ON HIS BACK!!! REFEREE DOESN’T BOTHER TO COUNT.
IT’S OVER . GARCIA WINS BY SECOND-ROUND KNOCKOUT!!!