Fight Night: Sat, Jul 30, 2016 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Garcia vs Rojas

Former two-division champion Mikey Garcia was sharp after a 2½-year layoff, scoring four knockdowns on his way to a fifth-round TKO of Elio Rojas.
Garcia vs Rojas Round by Round Fight Summary. Rounds are displayed numerically as columns. Each row will display one of the following: W for win, L for loss, KO for knockout, or TKO for technical knock out. An empty column means that data is not available.
Fighter Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Garcia No data available No data available No data available No data available
Rojas No data available No data available No data available No data available

Highlights

  • –Elio Rojas used his jab and movement to outbox Mikey Garcia over the first two rounds, and landed a solid right hand late in Round 2.

  • –Garcia dropped Rojas midway through Round 3 with a left hand, and then floored him again 30 seconds later with a straight right.

  • –Garcia delivered a combination of punches in Round 5 that sent Rojas diving across the canvas, then finished him off seconds later with a potent left hook.

After 30 months without a fight, Mikey Garcia needed just two rounds before he started to look like his old self.

Garcia scored four knockdowns of former 126-pound champion Elio Rojas as he earned a fifth-round TKO in their 140-pound bout.

Garcia, a former world champion at 126 and 130 pounds, was competing for the first time since he decisioned Juan Carlos Burgos in January 2014 due to a prolonged legal battle with his former promoter.

Rojas was fighting for just the second time since losing a 126-pound title bout to Jhonny Gonzalez in April 2012, and for the first time since outpointing Robert Osiobe over eight rounds in August 2014.

Even so, the 33-year-old Dominican outboxed Garcia over the first two rounds, moving well as he worked mainly behind his jab.

Garcia, a 28-year-old Southern California native, began to find the range midway through Round 3 as he dropped Rojas with a right hand-left hook combination before again sending him to the canvas 30 seconds later with a straight right.

Rojas retaliated with some good shots over the next couple of rounds, but Garcia was seemingly unfazed as he continued his attack.

The end came in Round 5 as Garcia delivered a potent combination of punches that sent Rojas diving prone to the canvas, then finished him off seconds later with a solid left hook that sent Rojas backward and down.

Rojas rose to beat the count, but referee Eddie Claudio waved an end to the bout at the 2:02 mark.

It was the first time Rojas was stopped in his career.

Garcia improved to 6-0 with five KOs in his career against current or former world champions.

Mikey Garcia and Elio Rojas

Mikey Garcia (left) proved too powerful for Elio Rojas with a fifth-round TKO Saturday night in their 140-pound bout in Brooklyn, New York. (Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions)

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