Venue: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: Saturday, November 12th, 2016
March’s showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 19KOs) was never in danger as Garcia scored a 7th round stoppage over journeyman, Samuel Vargas (25-3-1, 13KOs). Garcia controlled the fight from start to finish. A chopping right hand caused Vargas to perform a backflip that would have done Simone Biles proud. Vargas was able to answer the 10 count but never recovered. Garcia continued to batter Vargas until Vargas’ corner mercifully called an end to the fight in the 7th round.
In a one-sided showcase of boxing dexterity, Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13KOs) sailed to a TKO victory against opponent, Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan (35-4, 18KOs). Hurd’s thudding right hand hit “Jo Jo” to his core, time and time again, never giving the replacement fighter, a chance to set his rhythm. “Swift” crunched Dan’s “Jo Jos” with a low blow in the 3rd, sending him to his knees in a painstaking display of aggrieved emotion. Dan’s trainer, Howard Grant, put a stop to the punishment, throwing in the towel at 1:08 of the 6th round.
The lightweights took center stage in a bombastic first round of action. Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (31-1-1, 22KOs) delivered a river-rushing assault, out the gate. Within the first minute, he threw a Malay of head and body shots, clearly showing off clinic- sharp poise. Not to be outdone, and before the round would end, Omar Douglas (17-1, 12KOs), discharged a left hook to the body, sending Fortuna to the mat. As the fight progressed, both brawlers would be warned several times to ‘Keep it clean’. Fortuna is constantly seen smothering Douglas’ punches by tying him up. The 7th and 10th rounds, the fighter’s antics leave them both eating gravel, in a tangled mess on the mat. In an eye popping finish, The Dominican rising star, “El Abejon”, would pull out the win. Scores cards: 96-93 x2, 95-94