Former featherweight and super featherweight title holder Mickey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) vs Elio Rojas (25-2, 14 KOs) full fight video result recap, replay July 30, 2016.
Final match-up result
Elio Rojas (139lbs) 4 time knockdown by Mikey Garcia (139lbs) at round 3, round 4 and round 5 until Rojas surrender.
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Garcia, also a former featherweight titlist, wound up in the long layoff because of a protracted legal battle over his contract with former promoter Top Rank, with whom he was unhappy despite being on the verge of his first seven-figure purse and getting a strong push from the company. The case was settled a few months ago and Garcia became a free agent, enabling him to return to face Rojas on a one-fight deal with promoter Lou DiBella and Showtime.
Considering the layoff, Garcia looked dialed in from the outset in an explosive performance.
Referee Eddie Claudio appeared to miss a knockdown in the first round when Garcia landed a right hand to the body and Rojas went down to the mat. Claudio, however, ruled it a slip.
In the third round Garcia scored two big knockdowns that were unmistakable. He drilled Rojas with a chopping right hand that sent him to the canvas midway through the round and then landed another right hand on the button moments later that dropped Rojas again.
Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs), 28, of Riverside, California, continued to paste Rojas (24-3, 14 KOs), 33, of the Dominican Republic, with shots in the fourth round, eliciting chats from the crowd of “Mikey! Mikey!”
In the fifth round, Garcia planted Rojas face first with a left hand and then dropped him again with a right uppercut-left hook combination. Rojas, fighting for only the second time in four years, beat the count but Claudio waved it off at 2 minutes, 2 seconds.
One of the reasons Garcia, who may go down to lightweight to pursue a title shot, probably looked as sharp as he did was because he stayed in his brother and trainer Robert Garcia’s gym throughout the layoff, sparring with many of the talented fighters who work there.
“I think it’s too soon to make an assessment (on where I’m at) but I do feel just as good (as before the layoff),” Garcia said.