In the main bout of a night of championship boxing at the Barclays Center Saturday night, Danny Garcia stopped Erik Morales at the 1:23 mark in the fourth round to hold on to his WBC and WBA super lightweight titles.
Garcia beat Morales for the second time this year. The first he won in a unanimous decision on March 24. After a quiet opening two rounds Saturday night, Garcia began getting the best of Morales with a series of body blows in the third.
Garcia ended Morales' night in the fourth round, giving him his 16th career knockout. After hitting Morales on the head with a sharp left hook, Garcia climbed the ropes in triumph while awaiting the official announcement that the fight was over.
On the undercard, Brooklyn native Paul Malignacci defeated Pablo Cesar Cano of Mexico in a split decision. Malignacci, who received a bad cut over his left eye, didn't care for the judge who ruled in favor of his opponent, taking him to task in the post-fight press conference.
And in another fight on the card, Peter Quillin, an undefeated middleweight who now fights out of New York City, become the first American boxer since Kelly Pavlik in 2010 to be crowned middleweight champion of the world, thank to a unanimous decision over defending champion Hassan N'Dam of Cameroon.
However, it took all 12 rounds for Quillin, who could not put the champion away for good despite delivering 6 knockdowns.
According to Showtime boxing analyst and historian Steve Farhood, these were the first title fights in Brooklyn since Aug. 5, 1931, at Ebbets Field when light-heavyweight champion Maxie Rosenbloom retained his title with a 15-round decision over Jimmy Slattery.
Brooklyn natives Mike Tyson and Zab Judah, along with Nets point guard Deron Williams, were among the 11,112 fans in attendance.