Rod Salka had no business in the ring with WBA light welterweight champion Danny "Swift" Garcia.
That was made painfully obvious when Garcia blasted Salka into next week with a left hook from hell in the second round. ESPN's Dan Rafael delivers the result and some hashtag sarcasm in response to the less-than-competitive card:
Referee Steve Willis didn't even bother to count as Salka crumpled to the mat. It was the third time Salka had gone down in the round, and Garcia came away with a decisive KO victory.
To say the outcome was expected would be the understatement of the year. According to Odds Shark, the champion was a minus-5000 favorite to win. Garcia stated the obvious after his win:
After the fight, though, Twitter took aim at Garcia for taking on such an overmatched opponent:
So seriously, how much does Danny Garcia move up on the PFP lists. I mean, thats the important thing... #boxing— Steve Kim (@steveucnlive) August 10, 2014
"Im all about fighting the best fighters," Danny Garcia after beating a 33-1 underdog on Rod Salka.... #boxing— Steve Kim (@steveucnlive) August 10, 2014
Danny Garcia got paid $700,000 for fighting a sparring partner! Let that sink in...........— LaceupBoxing (@LaceUpBoxing) August 10, 2014
In the first round, it was clear Garcia's power would be a problem for Salka. Even when he didn't land flush, Salka's body seemed to move as if it was being pounded by an opponent a weight class above him.
In the decisive round, Garcia initially dropped Salka with a hard right hand that left the challenger's equilibrium on the fritz. Salka had the wherewithal to kneel down and wait for an eight-count before rising to his feet. He wouldn't be there long.
Another barrage dropped him to a knee for the second time.
Finally, a left hook that looked a lot like the one that Garcia landed on Amir Khan in 2012 put Salka's lights out for good.
Garcia has aspirations of climbing the pound-for-pound list and possibly taking on Floyd Mayweather Jr. at 147 pounds. Truthfully, fights like this one won't do much for his stock with the public.
Coming off a controversial win over Mauricio Herrera in his last bout, Garcia hasn't been stringing together impressive performances. What can he do to get back into boxing fans' good graces?
Facing IBF champion Lamont "Havoc" Peterson in a unification bout is the most logical step.
I want to see Danny against Lamont Peterson. I think that would be a hell of a fight. What u think @SHOsports— Andre Berto (@AndreBerto) August 10, 2014
Peterson had his own easy night against Edgar Santana during the co-feature on Saturday night's card. Havoc came away with a 10th-round TKO victory when the ringside doctor halted Peterson's brutal dismantling of Santana.
Per the Showtime broadcast, Peterson made his desire to face Garcia known, but it's unclear whether that's a fight Swift and his team wants.
When Garcia was asked if Peterson would be next, per the Showtime broadcast, he deferred to his manager Al Haymon. That seems to be the most common response from fighters posed with "who's next" questions these days.
As for Salka, this is a career-changing loss. His future may not be in boxing.
It's hard to find a more lopsided comparison of talent within the same ring. Assuming he is OK—as he seemed to be moments after the knockout—he should be thankful he wasn't seriously hurt.
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