Orlando Salido Livid: Garcia's Corner Was Ready To Quit!

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Mikey Garcia would’ve fought through a broken nose early Sunday morning, but he wasn’t required to do so.

Garcia instead won the WBO featherweight title from Orlando Salido by technical decision in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, where their scheduled 12-round fight was stopped due to Garcia’s broken nose. Garcia knocked down Salido four times and was way ahead on all three scorecards when the fight was stopped after eight rounds.

The fight went to the scorecards because Garcia’s injury was caused by an accidental head-butt during the eighth round. By then, judges Don Ackerman (79-70), Julie Lederman (79-69) and John Stewart (79-69) gave Garcia all but one round apiece.

“We went up to check him and his nose was very broken,” said Dr. Robert Pollofsky, one of two New York State Athletic Commission physicians who examined Garcia after the eighth round. “He couldn’t breath and it was too dangerous to continue to have him fight like that. So we made the decision to stop the fight.”

Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., dropped Mexico’s Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs, 1 NC) twice in the first round and once apiece in the third and fourth rounds, but Salido protested the stoppage at ringside after losing the 126-pound title he won from Juan Manuel Lopez.

“I never felt that the head-butt was strong enough to do that much damage,” Salido said. “I felt I was getting to him and I felt when I saw his corner, they were ready to quit. They were ready to stop the fight. … In the seventh round, I felt like I was getting to him. I had five rounds to get this guy and I felt that I was on my way.”

The 25-year-old Garcia disagreed after recording the biggest victory of his career, albeit anticlimactic.

“I didn’t know [my nose] was broken,” Garcia said, “but I felt the pain from the head-butt. It was a unanimous decision win and I was beating him up.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shogunofharlem1 on 01-21-2013

[QUOTE=heavyweight74;12939360]if its 1 thing that you can say about boxing in this past year is that crazy sh*t happens. broken jaws, headbutts, broken noses, devastating KO's. all that. Mikey was definitely dominating but Salido was getting closer. who knows what…

Comment by heavyweight74 on 01-21-2013

if its 1 thing that you can say about boxing in this past year is that crazy sh*t happens. broken jaws, headbutts, broken noses, devastating KO's. all that. Mikey was definitely dominating but Salido was getting closer. who knows what…

Comment by Shogunofharlem1 on 01-21-2013

[QUOTE=jsfd26;12935657]Gave up? Wanna explain? He kept on coming and started finding himself some success as the fight went on. As for Salido, don't worry bro you can at least sleep at night knowing you came to fight. Probably can't say…

Comment by tank17211 on 01-20-2013

[QUOTE=mattr;12935625]All them clean shots the steroid taking Salido shipped have clearly made him very delusional. He was getting his ass thoroughly kicked.[/QUOTE] Really was he??

Comment by panicchaser on 01-20-2013

[QUOTE=vacon04;12936996]IDK how people can keep defending the stoppage. A few months ago 90% of guys here on boxingscene were crucifying Ortiz for not going on with a broken jaw. Now García can't continue with a broken nose and guys are…

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