New York, New York City - Theater at Madison Square Garden - The live HBO telecast began with a controversial decision between Yuriorkis Gamboa (28-2, 17 KOs) of Miami, Florida and Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey.
Despite a deducted point for holding in the tenth, Gamboa was declared the winner by majority decision after ten hard-fought rounds.
The scorecards varied widely for this bout. One referee scored the contest 94-94. The other two judges scored the fight for Gamboa 95-93 and 96-92.
Afterwards, Sosa made it clear that he felt he was the rightful winner.
"I was a fun fight. I took some breaks but I thought I did enough to win. I know I did enough to win the fight. I didn't get hurt at all during the fight. I spar with middleweights so that was nothing," Sosa said.
Also on the card, Grozny, Russia native Bakhram Murtazaliev (11-0, 9 KOs) kept his stoppage streak alive with his seventh straight knockout over Carlos Galvan (16-6-1, 15 KOs) of Antioquia, Colombia at 1:31 of round five.
After the fight Murtazaliev said, "The fight went as it went. I didn't think my opponent would be in the ring that long. He has a big heart. All respect to him."
When asked about fighting at Madison Square Garden he added, "It looked like what I dreamed all my life. I'm not that famous a boxer, but I want to say thank you to all my fans. I promise more exciting fights in the future."
After a 14-month layoff Brooklyn's own Frank "Notorious" Galarza (18-2-2, 11 KOs) made his triumphant return to the ring with a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Jaime Herrera (15-5-1, 8 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois. Herrera suffered a cut over his left eye in the fifth round but managed to finish the fight. The judges scored the fight 78-74, 80-72 and 79-73 all in favor of the hometown hero.