Fight to the finish at Barclays
Garcia survives epic bash with Brooklyn's 'Super' Judah
Danny “Swift” Garcia remained unbeaten after successfully defending his unified lightweight titles for a third time with a unanimous decision victory over Brooklyn’s own Zab “Super” Judah on Saturday night before a vociferous crowd of more than 13,000 fight fans at Downtown’s Barclays Center.
The 25-year-old Phladelphian also learned an extremely valuable lesson during the third, and by far most exhilirating, night of championship boxing on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues: Never underestimate a tried and true warrior when he’s down.
Garcia, who dominated most of the 12-round bout, floored Judah with a vicious straight right in the eighth round, leading many in the crowd to believe the 35-year-old former five-time world champion in two weight classes was on his way to the latest in a series of unimpressive defeats to superior opponents.
But buoyed by the hometown crowd, and perhaps his own sense of ring mortality, the fighter formerly known as the “Brooklyn Flash” summoned up the energy to take it to his younger adversary, rocking Garcia in rounds 10 and 11 before the two bloodied pugilists fought valiantly to the bell in Round 12.