Brooklynites Mike Tyson and Zab Judah were among the close to 12,000 people who attended the fight card at Barclays Center Saturday. In the main event, Danny Garcia knocked Erik Morales out, and possibly into retirement, with a left hook that nearly sent him out of the ring in the fourth round. With the victory, Garcia retained the WBA Super, WBC and Ring Magazine Lightweight titles.
The evening wasn’t short on excitement. Morales was almost unable to participate, as it took three drug tests for him to actually pass one. In earlier bouts, one fighter was able to fend off cancer and his opponent, and in another, a boxer who was once homeless was able to raise a title above his head.
In perhaps the most controversial fight of the night, Brooklyn native Paul Malignaggi won a split decision over Pablo Cesar Cano. Two of the three judges had the fight very close, 114-113 for Malignaggi, while a third judge scored the fight 118-109 in favor of Cano.
New Yorker Peter Quillin was able to win the WBO Middleweight title in a 12-round win over Hassan N’Dam. Quillin dominated the fight early, knocking N’Dam down six times in the fight, but was unable to put his opponent away. Quillin, also known as Kid Chocolate, broke down after winning the title, having defeated homelessness as well.
Danny Jacobs had the most impressive victory of the evening, defeating cancer, which forced him into a temporary retirement for 19 months, and his opponent, Josh Luteran, with a first-round knockout.
In other bouts on Saturday, Devon Alexander was able to defeat Randall Bailey in a match for the IBF Welterweight title, a fight that was less than exciting to the crowd, who showed displeasure with the boos.
In the first fight of the evening, Boyd Melson and Jason Thompson battled to a draw. In later action, Eddie Gomez knocked out Saul Benitez in the second round, and Dmitriy Salita won by unanimous decision over Brandon Hoskins. Finally, Luis Collazo won an eight-round unanimous decision over Steve Upsher.