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Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia scored a highlight reel one-punch knockout against Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios Saturday night on Showtime.
Garcia seemed to box well throughout, but Rios was game and kept pressing forward. Garcia was landing at a higher rate but Rios was forcing him back to the the ropes in the mid rounds before getting caught with a perfect lead right hand by Garcia in Round 9 that dropped him hard to the canvas. Rios beat the count, but was on very unsteady legs and referee Kenny Bayless correctly called a halt to the contest. After the fight Garcia indicated that he would like a rematch with Keith Thurman before ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter entered the ring and caused a bit of a melee as he challenged Garcia to a fight.
— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) February 18, 2018
David Benavidez came out firing and took control of his rematch against Ronald Gavril from the opening bell en route to winning a near shutout unanimous victory.
Benavidez’ jab was a key weapon all night, and he put together some spectacular combinations, mixing in uppercuts and left hooks to rock Gavril in the first half of the fight. Gavril never stopped trying though and pressed hard in the final rounds to try and turn the fight around. Official scores were 120-108 and 119-109 x 2.
Devon Alexander looks to have been robbed of victory on Saturday night against Victor Ortiz, with their bout ending as a majority draw on the official scorecards.
Alexander seemed to be more effective and consistent the majority of the rounds against opponent Victor Ortiz, but Ortiz did make a better than expected showing, continuing to press forward and throw shots right through to end of the fight. Both fighters traded power shots in the final rounds to the delight of the crowd in El Paso, TX. Official scores were 114-114 x2 and 115-113 for Ortiz.
‘Saint’ George Groves proved to be the better man on Saturday evening in Manchester as he outclassed rival Chris Eubank Jr. over twelve rounds to win a unanimous decision.
Official scores were 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 all for Groves, who will fight the winner of next week’s Juergen Braehmer vs. Smith fight in the World Boxing Super Series Final, set for May 2018.
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