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Danny Garcia stopped Erik Morales at 1:23 of the fourth round Saturday night to retain his WBC and WBA super lightweight belt in the first boxing event at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Garcia (25-0) beat Morales for the second time this year, though this one was much easier than the unanimous decision he won from the 36-year-old in Houston on March 24. After a quiet opening two rounds, Garcia began getting the best of Morales with a series of body blows in the third
Garcia continued firing blows at Morales in the fourth and ended it quickly it for this 16th career knockout. He hit Morales on the right side of the head with a sharp left hook, and climbed the ropes in triumph while awaiting the official announcement.
The 24-year-old Philadelphia native had his second fourth-round knockout in three months. On July 14, he stopped Amir Khan in his first title defense.
Morales (52-9) failed two random tests this month because of the diet supplement clenbuterol. He blamed the results on tainted meat, then passed a third test this week and remained on the card.
Morales, who has held the super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and junior welterweight titles, was fighting for the first time on the East Coast and lost for third time in his last four fights.
The fight marked the return of championship boxing to Brooklyn for the first time in more than 80 years and the card had a Brooklyn feel to it. Leading into the main event was an undercard featuring Brooklyn natives Paulie Malignaggi and Peter Quillan, who each won their fights.
According to Showtime boxing analyst and historian Steve Farhood, these were the first title fights in Brooklyn since Aug. 5, 1931, at Ebbets Field when light-heavyweight champion Maxie Rosenbloom retained his title with a 15-round decision over Jimmy Slattery.
Brooklyn natives Mike Tyson and Zab Judah were in attendance along with Nets point guard Deron Williams.
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by Mick Akers Danny Garcia made sure his second go-round with the 36-year-old Erik Morales didn’t go a full 12 rounds as was the case earlier this year, as Garcia utilized his potent left hook once again, knocking Morales out in Round 4. Seemingly using Morales as a high-paid sparring partner, Garcia had his way [...]
Boxing returned to Brooklyn in triumphant fashion with four world title fights capped off by Danny Garcia’s (25-0, 16 KO’s) fourth round knockout of Erik Morales (52-9, 36 KO’s) to defend his Unified Super Lightweight World Championship in front of more than 11,000 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday night.
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Updates. With AP Photos. By DAN GELSTON AP Photos He's the lone champion in a market loaded with sports stars. Just don't look for Danny Garcia anywhere near the complex that the four city pro teams call home. Forget even finding him training in a state-of-the-art gym with cameras trailing him before every workout.
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