Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) showed he is a championship fighter even at the age of 38. After being knocked down, he came on at the end of the fight and hurt Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) in the tenth, before the young champion earned a unanimous decision, 116-111 114-112 115-112.
Judah himself was hurt in the middle of the fight, and had a bad cut under his right eye the rest of the way. Even so, he managed to win the last three rounds on all the judges' scorecards, but it was too little too late.
The pre-fight build up was full of trash talk and several wild incidents, but the fight held up to the hype as the two warriors made it a memorable night of boxing.
After the fight, Garcia said that his arms tightened up a bit at the end, which is why he lost the last three rounds. However, he dominated the middle of the fight, and there was no doubt at the end that Garcia deserved the victory.
In a post-fight interview, Garcia said he was a young fighter and still learning.
On the undercard, Peter Quillin retained his middleweight title, defeating Fernando Guerrero, who gave his all after surviving two knockdowns in the second round to make a fight of it. But Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) was to quick and to smart for Guerrero (25-2, 19 KOs), and eventually won by TKO in the seventh round.
Brooklyn's Danny Jacobs, who is making a comeback after surviving cancer, improved his record (25-1, 22 KOs) by knocking out Keenan Collins in the fourth round in a one-sided fight.