Garcia annihilates Salka, Peterson halts Santana, Jacobs KOs Fletcher In Pro's vs Joe's fights

By John DiSanto at ringside

Junior welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) destroyed lightweight “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) in a non-title welterweight bout on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Garcia dropped Salka three times in round two to end it. Time was 2:31. Salka went out on his shield after going toe-to-toe with the much larger Garcia.

Lamont Peterson, Washington, DC, defended his IBF junior middleweight title with a 10th round TKO of Edgar Santana, New York. Peterson, 33-2-1, 16 KOs, scored well with a blistering body attack throughout the fight and landed chopping power shots all night long. Peterson only used his feet to reposition himself and to take an occasional breather. The rest of the time, he stayed in the pocket and chopped away at his rugged foe. Santana, 29-5, 20 KOs, landed as well, but Peterson outworked him in every round. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but the fifth round could have been scored 10-8, given the amount of punishment Peterson dished out. Finally in round ten, with Peterson landing freely to the head and body, the ringside physician signaled that he wanted the fight to be stopped. So referee Pete Santiago halted it at 2:48 of the tenth.

It was bombs away in the first round of the Daniel Jacobs – Jarrod Fletcher vacant WBA middleweight championship fight. Jacobs, Brooklyn, came out fast and dropped Fletcher with a nasty left hook in round one. After that, it seemed that every punch Jacobs threw hurt the Australian, but somehow he made it to the end of the round. In round two, Jacobs appeared to ease off for some reason, instead of going for the knockout.

“When I hurt him in the first round and he didn’t go out, I wanted to pace myself and not get tired,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs kept the upper hand as the rounds ticked by, but didn’t come close to putting his opponent down again. However, in round five, just when Fletcher appeared to be getting brave, Jacobs refocused and went for the kill. A hard left hook softened Fletcher before a pair of rights put him down again. Referee Michael Griffin stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:58 of round five. Jacobs improved to 28-1, 25 KOs. Fletcher fell to 18-2, 10 KOs.

Brooklyn’s Sadam Ali, claimed the vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title with an exciting 10-round split decision over Jeremy Bryan of Paterson, NJ. The fight was a see-saw slugfest, with Bryan hurting Ali in rounds three and four, and Ali returning the favor in the fifth and sixth. The battle quieted for a couple of rounds before Ali dropped Bryan with a beauty of a left hook in round nine. The extra point from the knockdown gave Ali some extra breathing room on the official cards, but one judge still favored Bryan. Judge Tom Schreck scored the fight for Bryan, 96-93, while John McKaie and Robert Perez both liked Ali, 96-93. The win made Ali 20-0, 12 KOs, and earned him that regional title belt. Bryan left the ring 17-4, 7 KOs.

In a feisty junior welterweight bout, Brooklyn’s Zachary Ochoa stretched his undefeated streak to 8-0, 4 KOs, with a 6-round unanimous decision over Luis Cervantes, Palm Springs, CA, 7-8-3. Cervantes was the aggressor throughout, but Ochoa landed the cleaner punches, especially in the first half of the fight. Things got closer in the last three rounds, when Cervantes began landing more, and often kept Ochoa pinned in the corners. In round five, Cervantes was warned for hitting low. When the fighters resumed the fight, Cervantes offered an apologetic handshake, but instead of making peace, Ochoa chose to fire a right to Cervantes’ chin. The Brooklyn crowd loved it. The final two rounds of the fight were gritty, and the best of the bout. When it was over, all three judges favored Ochoa by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.

Anthony Peterson, Washington, DC, the younger brother of world champ Lamont Peterson, scored an impressive first-round KO of Mexican Edgar Riovalle, in their scheduled 10-round welterweight bout. With about 30 seconds remaining in the opening round, Peterson, 34-1, 22 KOs, crushed Riovalle, 37-19-2, 26 KOs, with a brutal left hook. Riovalle fell hard to the canvas and took the full ten count from referee Tony Chiarantano. The time was 2:41.

In a scheduled light heavyweight 10-rounder, Marcus Browne, Staten Island, NY, made quick work of Oakland, CA’s Paul Vasquez. Browne came out swinging and backed Vasquez into a neutral corner with a hard right. A right hand to the body and a left to the head crumbled Vasquez downward and referee Eddie Claudio, immediately stopped the fight at 28 seconds of the first. Browne remained undefeated, 12-0, 9 KOs. For Vasquez, 10-6-1, 3 KOs, it was his second straight loss in the first round.

In a 6-round junior middleweight bout, undefeated Prichard Colon, Orocovis, PR, was extended to the final bell for the first time in his career by Washington, DC survivor Lenwood Dozier. In a workmanlike performance, Colon, 11-0, 10 KOs, won every round against Dozier, 9-7-1, 4 KOs, and although he pressed hard for the KO in the final few rounds, had to settle for three official shutout scores of 60-54.

In the opening fight of the night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, super middleweight D’metrius Ballard, Temple Hills, MD, scored a first round TKO of Barry Trotter, Columbus, MD, to remain undefeated. It was a competitive round before Ballard, 6-0, 5 KOs, trapped Trotter, 2-2, 1 KO, along the ropes around the two minute mark. Ballard hurt Trotter with a volley of punches and kept throwing until referee Tony Chiarantano stepped in to stop it. The time was 2:35 of the first.

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