By "Bill "Two Scoops" Emes
Rod Salka (19-4, 3KOs) knew WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia would be the bigger and the stronger man last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Moving up from 135-pounds, he was a massive underdog coming into a fight with Garcia, at a catch-weight of 142-pounds. Garcia was reportedly, according to his father/trainer Angel Garcia, around 155-pounds in the ring.
The size difference was evident and the power was too much for Salka to handle. The underdog knew it was going to be a long night after catching Garcia with a few flush punches, and the champion walked right through them without blinking an eye.
"He's a big strong guy. I got caught with a shot and that was that. I knew he was the bigger, stronger guy so I wasn't surprised [at how much bigger he was]," Salka told BoxingScene.com.
"Whenever I got caught with a shot I was trying to fight back, that was stupid. I should have moved, covered up, maybe held him. I knew I wasn't going to go ten rounds and not get caught with anything. I didn't expect it to be like that."
"After the first round, I didn't feel that he had that crazy power like that. And I even felt that I could even see his shots coming. As soon as I thought that, in the next round I got caught with a shot that I didn't see coming. I landed a couple of shots but they had no effect on him, he walked right through them."