Boxing review: Garcia, Jennings win in NYC; Peterson prevails in DC

Boxing Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos
Mikey Garcia wins a unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Burgos of Mexico in New York Saturday. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank.

SAN DIEGO, January 25, 2014 – Mikey Garcia continued his march toward the top of the pound for pound list with a unanimous decision victory over Juan Carlos Burgos (30-2-2, 20 KOs) of Mexico Saturday night in New York City at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The judges scored it 118 -110, 118-110, and 119-109.

Garcia (34-0-0, 28 KOs) employed his winning combination of patience, world-class defensive skills and technical excellence in applying escalating pressure to Burgos. His punch output and connect percentage was nearly double that of Burgos. There was a lot in the bout that aspiring professional boxers should study and emulate.

Was it the most entertaining fight? Perhaps not, as boos were heard from the crowd in The Theater at The Garden during the last round. Burgos is a smart veteran and he wasn’t going to let Garcia knock him out, but he couldn’t penetrate Garcia’s skilled defense. Garcia said after the fight Burgos’ height gave him difficulties at first until he found his range.

For Garcia, the booing didn’t matter. It was another step in his patient climb toward a big ticket fight someday in a higher weight division against a big name opponent, like Manny Pacquiao. Wins like the one over Burgos are what he knows he needs to rack up to get him there.

In the near future, Garcia is likely to face someone like Yuriorkis Gamboa at 135 pounds, although a better fight for fans and Garcia is with super featherweight is with Japanese boxer Takashi Uchiyama (WBA).

Bryant Jennings wins with a last round TKO over Artur Szpilla of Poland.
Bryant Jennings (left) defeats Artur Szpilla of Poland with a late round TKO. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank.

Heavyweight Bryant Jennings (18-0-0, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia got a TKO victory with 40 seconds to spare in the final round of his ten round bout with Artur Szpilka (16-1-0, 12 KOs) of Poland. The two provided an entertaining contest for fans with a nice balance of aggression and smart boxing. Jennings was the more aggressive fighter from the opening bell, and employed skillful body shots to wear down Szpilka. It was a left hook following a right jab set-up that eventually caused the stoppage. It was a good win on all counts for Jennings in his HBO debut. Expect to see him against one of the many heavyweight contenders in the mix again soon.

In a non-televised fight, New York’s own Irish-American fighter Sean Monaghan pleased the Garden fans with a first round TKO win over Matt Vanda (45-16), a last minute replacement. Monaghan’s win wasn’t exactly what he’d hoped for. Vanda suffered a torn left bicep forcing referee Earl Brown to stop the fight with nine seconds left in the first round. The popular Monaghan remained undefeated at 20-0-0 with 13 knockouts. The 32-year-old light heavyweight hopes to secure a fight against a bigger name in this busy division in the near future.

Washington's Lamont Peterson defeated Dierry Jean of Canada in a much needed victory.
Washington’s Lamont Peterson got a much needed victory Saturday over Canada’s Dierry Jean at the DC Armory. Photo: Courtesy Showtime.

In Washington D.C. at the D.C. Armory, native son Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs) won a much needed unanimous decision against Canadian Dierry Jean (25-1-0, 17 KOs). It was competitive fight throughout with the two fighters trading momentum back and forth to the delight of Peterson’s hometown fans. Peterson says he’s had a tough road all his life, rising up from the streets of D.C. and his boxing career has been no different. With the win, Peterson says he’d like to fight Danny “Swift” Garcia at 140 pounds before moving up a weight class to 147 pounds. The DC vs. Philly rivalry could make for an entertaining bout in the realm of possibility.

On the undercard, Jermell Charlo (23-0-0, 11 KOs) defeated a game Gabriel Rosado (21-8-0, 13 KOs). Rosado, a tough competitor who’s been on the short end of a several decisions, suffered a nasty cut above the left eye in the fifth round, which seriously hampered his effort. Although it was ruled the result of a punch, replays indicated it might have been from an illegal head butt. It was virtually identical to the cut opened up in Rosado’s loss to middleweight powerhouse Gennady Golovkin.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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