Welterweight veteran Roberto Garcia opened up tonight's PBC on Spike broadcast with an eight round win over James Stevenson, coming off the canvas in the first minute to use quantity over quality down the stretch en route to the win.
Garcia won on scores of 77-74, 78-73, and 78-73. BLH had it 76-75 Garcia, as yours truly had some sort of, like, existential crisis trying to decide if a couple of clean shots from Stevenson and some avoidance were better than Garcia's ineffective aggression. But over the final rounds, with Stevenson clearly gassed out and unable to do much at all, Garcia definitely took over the fight.
Garcia (37-3, 23 KO) was dropped about 50 seconds into the fight on a right uppercut, after having been caught with a left uppercut really early in the fight. But those two shots were the only ones in the fight that seemed to bother Garcia at all, as he kept coming forward and throwing at Stevenson (22-2, 15 KO), whose fatigue was quite obvious in the last few rounds, as he nearly spat out his mouthpiece on a couple of occasions.
It may not have been the prettiest win, but it was a win, and the 35-year-old Garcia moves forward, as he tries to get in the mix in an extremely crowded welterweight division.