Dominican junior middleweight Carlos Adames’ first fight with trainer Robert Garcia had the result they hoped for, with Adames stopping Galarza in the fourth round on the Crawford-Khan prelims at Madison Square Garden.
Adames (17-0, 14 KO) dropped Galarza (20-3-2, 12 KO) with a left hook, but Galarza got up. Adames, seeing that Galarza’s legs weren’t quite back under him, went for the finish, pouring on big pressure.
Adames landed repeated shots, Galarza didn’t fight back, and referee Benjy Esteves Jr stepped in to stop the fight at 1:07 of the fourth round.
It’s a nice win for Adames, probably the best of his pro career thus far, and sets him up to keep climbing the ladder at 154 pounds. The top fighters in the division — Jarrett Hurd, Erislandy Lara, Tony Harrison, Jermell Charlo, Jaime Munguia, Dennis Hogan by association of having deserved a win over Munguia, etc. — are almost all with different promoters and on different platforms, but he still needs at least a couple more fights before he’s ready for all that, anyway.