- Roberto Garcia took a big uppercut from James Stevenson to go down around the 2:10 mark of the first round.
- Garcia was immediately back in the fight, pressing the action as he walked Stevenson down through most of the fight.
- Even though Stevenson got chippy at the end of the third round, tackling Garcia from behind, he didn’t show that fire in the later round. Gassed and trying to survive, Stevenson rode out the eight en route to a unanimous decision.
James Stevenson took the fight against Roberto Garcia just two weeks before the April 24 showdown at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. It showed.
Stevenson came out aggressive in the first and landed a vicious uppercut to put Garcia on the mat less than a minute into the round, but the flash knockdown didn’t faze Garcia as he battled back to take clean control of the fight.
The aggressor throughout, Garcia ground down Stevenson until the latter kept a wide berth in the eighth and final round rather than try to battle his way back into the contest.
In the end, Garcia came out ahead on all three cards, 77-74, 78-73 and 78-73.
- Garcia vs Stevenson