LAS VEGAS (AP) — Danny Garcia defended his WBC and WBA 140-pound titles with a unanimous decision over Argentina's Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night, remaining unbeaten with a gritty comeback victory.
Carlos Molina claimed Ishe Smith's IBF 154-pound title belt with a dull split-decision victory, and welterweight contender Pablo Cesar Cano won a split decision over Ashley Theophane at the MGM Grand Garden on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bout with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Garcia (27-0) spent several rounds feeling out Matthysse's impressive power before rallying in his fourth title defense, even knocking down Matthysse in the 11th round.
The fight turned in Garcia's favor when Matthysse's right eye swelled shut in the seventh round, allowing the Philadelphia fighter to pepper his power-punching Argentine opponent with left hooks and combinations.
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