Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson impress in Brooklyn
Last Updated: 10/08/14 10:39pm
WBA and WBO light welterweight champion Danny Garcia brutally knocked out Rod Salka in the second round of their non-sanctioned fight in Brooklyn.
The fight was not sanctioned by either the WBA or WBO because Salka usually fights as a lightweight and is not in the top 50 at light-welterweight.
And it showed, as Garcia tormented him, flooring him twice in the second round before knocking him out with a crunching left hook.
The referee did not even both to count as Salka crumpled to the ground and Garcia said: “I came here to purge. I told everybody tonight was going to be the Danny Garcia show. No matter who I fought tonight they were going to get beat. I was going to purge."
I don't think he (Peterson) still wants to fight me after watching my performance. We fought similar kinds of opponents and I made a statement.
Garcia on Peterson
Trainer Angel Garcia said: “He did what he was supposed to do. Salka came here to fight. But that's what Danny's supposed to do with these kinds of guys. I'm not talking about Salka. I'm talking about anyone."
After beating Erik Morales and Zab Judah in Brooklyn, Garcia was in no mood to let Salka get in the way of a potential unification fight with Lamont Peterson, who retained his IBF Junior Welterweight title on the undercard.
Peterson had far too much for Edgar Santana, stopping him in the tenth round in a hopelessly one-sided fight.
Garcia was unimpressed: "I don't think he (Peterson) still wants to fight me after watching my performance,” he said. “We fought similar kinds of opponents and I made a statement. He was supposed to come here and make more of a statement. I'm going to keep entertaining. Upsets happen in boxing but they don't always happen."
Peterson said: "The win means a lot to me. Overall, I wasn't that impressed with him. Anyone I fight could hurt me but I feel really good."
Local hero Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs completed his fairytale comeback from life-threatening bone cancer, stopping Australian Jarrod Fletcher in the fifth to capture the vacant WBA Middleweight belt.
Jacobs (28-1, 25 KO) put Fletcher on the canvas in the first round before finishing it late in the fifth.
"It feels so great to win this belt, the greatest moment in my life," Jacobs said. "This was so important to me that I trained smart."