Perhaps we’ve become a bit spoiled, but Mikey Garcia’s latest performance failed to live up to the massive hype that has surrounded him since a banner 2013 placed him firmly in the pound-for-pound conversation.
Garcia (33-0, 28 KO) pounded out a tactical, and at times lackluster, unanimous decision over veteran challenger Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Scores were 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109.
Bleacher Report scored the contest 118-110 for Garcia.
In the first two rounds, Burgos seemed to frustrate Garcia by staying on the outside, boxing at distance and refusing to give him many openings to counter. The Mexican challenger even rocked Garcia with a hard left hand in the closing seconds of the second frame.
But it would be his only real moment in the fight.
Garcia returned the favor in the third, hurting Burgos with a hook that had him holding on. That punch seemed to change the entire course of the fight, as Burgos went into pure survival mode from that point on and refused to engage.
Far too often, Garcia seemed content to allow his opponent to remain on his bicycle, and he seemed to lack the killer instinct he showed with such devastating effect in stopping Orlando Salido, Juan Manuel Lopez and Roman Martinez last year.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, unbeaten heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings scored his most impressive victory to date, stopping Artur Spzilka in the 10th round of a competitive fight.
Jennings (18-0, 10 KO) was in control for most of the fight, using hard, accurate combinations to keep his foe on the defensive. He landed the cleaner, thudding blows throughout the fight and scored a knockdown in the sixth round with a body shot, before closing the deal with a devastating left hook in the 10th round.
Spzilka rose from the knockdown, but was clearly out on his feet, prompting the referee to call a halt to the contest.