Garcia wallops Morales at Barclays Center
By Vikram Birring at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 22, 2012) Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
By Vikram Birring at ringside, reporting for DoghouseBoxing.com.
Atlantic and Pacific.
This is the prime location in Brooklyn
for an arena: a stop for numerous New York City subway lines, and
also a stop for the Long Island Rail Road.
This is the location of Barclays
Center, which opened to a week of Jay-Z concerts this month, but the
story of what should have been goes deeper.
The owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers,
Peter O’Malley, sought this location for a new stadium for the team
in the early 1950’s. However, this was against the beliefs of the
power broker, Robert Moses. Moses insisted that the site should be in
Flushing, at the site of what later became Shea Stadium. After years
of haggling with the stubborn Moses, O’Malley gave up and took the
team to California, and ended up taking the New York Giants with him.
More than half a century later, real
estate magnate Bruce Ratner built a basketball stadium at the site,
after years of lawsuits and political struggle. It will now be the
home of the Brooklyn Nets, who relocated from East Rutherford, New
History is a lens
into lessons learned, and this one took over 60 years to come to
Photo © Vikram Birring, Doghouse Boxing
October 20 was the
first sporting event at the arena, unless the Harlem Globetrotters
are to be recognized as competitive, although the squad rarely loses.
event was odd, a Puerto Rican from arch rival Philadelphia against a
Mexican from Tijuana. Erik “El Terrible” Morales vs. Danny
“Swift” Garcia was a slightly intriguing fight, but had the
feeling of been there, done that.
It was expected to
be a blowout, and was exactly that. Morales (52-9, 36 KO) had some
success in the early rounds, landing occasional punches and making
Garcia (25-0, 16 KO) miss, but at the end of the third round, Garcia
struck gold. He walloped Morales with a right hand, staggering him.
The scene in the
fourth round was tragic. Garcia whacked Morales with a left hook so
hard and precise, that it sent Morales’s body spinning 180 degrees
and on the canvas. His corner immediately hopped in the ring and the
bout was stopped by referee Benjy Esteves at one minute, twenty-three
Bensonhurst’s own Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi won a
controversial split decision over young Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano.
After out boxing him in the early rounds, Cano (25-2-1, 19 KO) began
to land damaging blows to Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO) throughout the
bout, culminating with an eleventh round knockdown from a vicious
right cross. At the end of the night, the question was would
Malignaggi’s constant jabbing win him the bout or would it be
Cano’s occasional power shots? The judges agreed with the former
and awarded the hometown fighter the decision, 114-113 twice, and
109-118. The crowd rained vociferous boos at the decision.
Chocolate” Quillin gave the fight of his life to win the WBO
Middleweight Title from Frenchman via Cameroon Hassan N’Dam
N’Jikam. N’Dam (27-1, 17 KO) rocked Quillin (28-0, 20 KO) in
round three with a right hand, sending saliva flying. Quillin walked
back to his corner with a slightly discouraged facial expression. In
round four, Quillin rocked N’Dam with an uppercut, and dropped him
with a lethal left hook. Another left hook stunned N’Dam, and then
another dropped him once again. After the sensational round,
Brownsville’s Mike Tyson stood up and applauded the round. In the
fifth round N’Dam tasted the canvas again twice, via a left hook
and right hand, respectively. He survived the round, and slowly
worked his way back into the fight.
Quillin began to
throw less and less punches, and N’Dam simply outworked him. By the
twelfth, it appeared that N’Dam had a chance to salvage the fight
due to his work rate, but then was dropped again by a left hook. He
rose, only to hit the floor a sixth time with a few seconds left.
The decision was
elementary, as Quillin won 115-107 on all three cards. Devon Alexander
(24-1, 13 KO) won a snoozer against Randall Bailey (43-8, 37 KO),
enraging a bloodthirsty audience. He circled and boxed Bailey, who
looked for the one hard punch that never landed. Scores were 116-110,
115-111, and 117-109.
(32-5, 16 KO) W UD 8 vs. Steve Chambers (24-2, 6 KO)
(23-1, 20 KO) W KO 1 vs. Josh Luteran (13-2, 9 KO)
(35-1-1, 18 KO) W UD 6 vs. Brandon Hoskins (16-3-1, 8 KO)
(10-1-1, 4 KO) D Jason Thompson (5-6-2, 4 KO)
Eddie Gomez (11-0,
8 KO) W TKO 2 vs. Saul Benitez (1-3)
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