Danny Garcia was the biggest winner on last night's undercard (and maybe on the entire show), but Carlos Molina also captured a world title for the first time, and Pablo Cesar Cano scored a career-best win on the PPV broadcast as well.
Garcia (27-0, 16 KO) did damage to Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO) over 12 rounds and simply was too good for him, showcasing a solid game plan, all-around skills, good power, and a disciplined approach en route to a successful title defense on points, with nobody disputing the winner.
"I'm the champion of the world," said the proud Philadelphia native. "The champion of the world isn't scared of anyone. If you can make it out Philly you can make it out of anywhere.
"The only way to slow him down was to go down to the body and throw combinations upstairs. I just let my hands go."
"I only had one eye for half of the fight but, it's no excuse," Matthysse said. "He fought a great fight. He's a great champion and we knew he wasn't intimidated by my punching."
Molina (22-5-1, 6 KO) beat Ishe Smith (25-6, 11 KO) by split decision in the evening's NyQuil-sponsored fight, winning the IBF junior middleweight title. In the pay-per-view opener, Cano (27-3-1, 20 KO) was too strong for a very game Ashley Theophane (33-6-1, 10 KO). With losses from Smith and Theophane, the Money Team fighters did go 0-2 before Floyd on the pay-per-view, but they also were matched against legitimately tough foes, which is what deserves more attention than the losses.
Also scoring wins last night on the off-TV portion of the card were Christopher Pearson (9-0, 8 KO), Ronald Gavril (7-0, 5 KO), Luis Arias (7-0, 3 KO), and Lanell Bellows (6-0-1, 5 KO).
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