However, when he managed to stay upright, Salido was often effective, especially with his right hand and it had the potential to be an exciting fight. That all came to a sudden end in the eighth round though when Salido followed through after a punch and nailed Garcia in the nose with his head. As far as punches go, Garcia landed exactly twice as many as Salido at 148 to 74. However, the 32-year-old Salido threw more at 406 to 383, but landed just 18 per cent of them compared to Garcia’s 39 per cent.
The 25-year-old Garcia said he couldn’t breathe properly after being butted, but admitted it was accidental. Still, it was a little odd for a pro boxing match to be stopped due to a broken nose, especially since it wasn’t bleeding. The doctor visited Garcia between rounds and then advised referee Benjy Esteves to stop it and go to the scorecards. The doctor, Robert Polofsky, claimed that it would have been dangerous to let the fight go on since it would be hard for Garcia to breathe through the broken nose.
Salido said he had a problem recovering from the early knockdowns and Garci’as lateral movement and speed were hard to deal with. He added that he got used to Garcia’s style as the fight wore on and was starting to perform a lot better until the headbutt took place. Garcia said he’s seen Salido knocked down before and he just keeps getting back up and tries even harder because he has a tremendous desire to win. However, the four knockdowns were just too much to come back from this time and with the bout ending with four more rounds to go, Salido ran out of time.
Garcia said he’s give Salido a rematch, but there probably won’t be much public demand for one or television interest.
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