Garcia batters Salido to remain unbeaten
MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated boxer Miguel “Mikey” Garcia extended his winning streak to 31 fights after battering veteran Orlando Salido at The Theater at the Madison Square Garden in New York City Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Garcia sent Salido to the canvas four times but sustained a broken nose in the eighth round. The fight was stopped, and Garcia picked up a wide points victory via technical decision.
“I didn’t know that my nose was broken, but I felt the pain from the head butt,” said Garcia, as quoted by RingTV. “It was a unanimous decision win and I was beating him up. I was working to keep him off with the jab.”
The judges scored the fight 79-70, 79-69 and 79-69, all in favor of Garcia.
“I had the perfect fight going on,” Garcia said. “And then he drove his head into my face, and I felt the pain. The referee asked for the doctor, and the doctor stopped the fight.”
The 25-year-old Garcia, a teammate of world super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, annexed the World Boxing Organization and The RING Magazine featherweight belts with his victory.
Garcia knocked down Salido twice in the first round and again in the third and fourth as he built up a large lead in the judges scorecards.
Salido was able to make the fight competitive in the fifth round, but for most of the bout he was outclassed by the younger Garcia.
It was Salido’s 12th career loss agains 39 wins and two draws.