Former unified light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) scored a 9th round stoppage over fellow American Paulie Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The unbeaten Garcia, who has now moved up to welterweight, punished former two-division world champion Malignaggi with his hard shots from the start and cut him over the right eye.
Any punch that Malignaggi did land, Garcia shook them off and continued his assaults. Malignaggi tried to box and move but he could not keep Garcia off him or avoid his punches.
It always seemed only a matter of time before he would stop Malignaggi. In the 9th, Garcia unleashed a flurry of shots with his opponent against the ropes and the referee intervened at 2:22 of the round.
Garcia said: “I feel strong, I feel good. 147 is where it’s at. I felt a lot stronger.”
Malignaggi said: “I’m probably not fighting again. I felt like if I couldn’t put up a great performance tonight then it would be my last.”
Also on the card, WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) stopped former world champion Sergio Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) in the second round.
In a action-packed first round, American Jacobs dropped his countryman with a hard right hand. When Mora got back up, Jacobs, sensing his opponent was hurt, went for the early finish but while he was on the attack, Mora connected with a left hook that dropped him. However, Jacobs recovered well and soon took charge. He landed a right hook to the head in the second round that sent Mora down for the second time. Mora had landed awkwardly on his right ankle and when he limped back to his feet, he was clearly too injured to continue and the referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the round.
Jacobs becomes the first fighter to stop Mora, although it was due to injury.
“I wanted to stop him,” said Jacobs. ” I think he knew what the outcome was going to be a few rounds later.”