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Garcia tops Judah, Quillin stops Guerrero
Unified WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion, Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) survived a late surge to claim a unanimous decision victory over former undisputed world welterweight titlist, Zab Judah (42-8, 27 KOs) last Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The judges scored the bout 116-111, 115-112 and 114-112 for the champion.
Garcia, 25, Philadelphia, PA, making the second defense of his unified 140-pound titles he won by knocking out Amir Khan in March 2012, proved once again that he is a skilled technician and a very dangerous puncher. Garcia also proved that he can take a solid punch on his chin and endure pain, as he suffered a laceration down the middle of his forehead. Garcia, trained by his father Angel, proved once again that he has the ingredients to become a terrific fighter.
“I am a true champion and I had to fight through a storm tonight to prove that,” Garcia said. “Judah is the craftiest and strongest guy that I have fought so far. I knew he had a lot of power with the left, but I was able to stand my ground and counter it. My game plan was to try to use the jab, but he was stepping around. He was crafty and he took my jab away so I had to do what I had to do.”
Garcia displayed a dearth of technical proficiency by using his left-jab accurately to set-up his right-hand. Garcia boxed and moved patiently and worked well enough to move away from Judah’s powerful straight-left. Judah, 35, Brooklyn, NY, through much of his career, displayed devastating knockout power in either hand and is widely recognized for his blinding hand-speed. Garcia was very cautious of Judah’s willingness to engage.
Garcia dominated the early rounds and appeared to have Judah ready to take a trip in round five. Garcia badly hurt Judah with a crisp shot to the chin. Garcia continued to beat and punish Judah until he officially knocked Brooklyn’s street champion down to the canvas in the eighth round. Garcia, looking to put to an end Judah’s days as a prizefighter at the highest level of the sport, nearly lost his championships in the process. Judah severely stunned Garcia with a series of punches in round ten. Suddenly, a dominant champion was in the ring with a desperate former challenger with a shot at landing a one-punch knockout blow.
The pace was frantic, as Judah pressed as hard as he could to lift the titles from Garcia. However, the champion was simply too good.
“It’s boxing and things happen,” Judah said. “You win some, you lose some. Danny is a young, tough fighter. I was on my A-game tonight. I worked hard. I had a great training camp and we gave it our best shot.”
Quillin retains middleweight championship
Making the first defense of the title he won at the Barclays last October, ‘Kid Chocolate’ Peter Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) remained undefeated with another multiple-knockdown performance. Quillin sent the Dominican Republic’s Fernando Guerrero (25-2, 19 KOs) packing to the canvas four times, en route to a TKO stoppage at 1:30 seconds into round seven.
The night Quillin won the WBO 160-pound crown, he scored six knockdowns through twelve rounds against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.
“It’s the journey that is the most important,” Quillin said. “I have to thank Fernando for coming up, but he couldn’t do it. I had to do it for New York City. There is no concern when you are trying to stick to the game plan. I believed in what my corner was telling me. I value their opinion and Fernando came. This wasn’t a fight that was made because we thought that I could beat Fernando Guerrero. He came and had the opportunity. I’m very thankful.”
Quillin, a homegrown product of New York City, left the Big Apple to train on the West Coast. Quillin, who didn’t gain any TV exposure while fighting on the East Coast, now fights on SHOWTIME against some very good up and coming fighters.
Quillin added: “I’m inspired by my team. It’s always working to try to do your best. I was working hard to do my best. I put myself through a hard training camp to try to come to this fight and try to look like superman. The sky is the limit.”
Referring to the bad blood between the two fighters, Garcia said, “It’s gone. It’s respect. As you can see, it’s a lot of bad blood. I’ve got cuts. He has cuts. We came here and gave the people of Brooklyn a nice show.”