Mikey Garcia of Oxnard has now won world titles in two weight classes, thanks to a wicked left hook to the body that knocked out Rocky Martinez of Puerto Rico in the main event at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The fight was televised by HBO.
Garcia, now 33-0 with 28 knockouts, was decked in the second round. But by the time the eighth arrived, he was in full control of the fight. When he nailed Martinez with the left hook, Martinez went down and stayed slumped over on his knees, never making an attempt to rise as he was counted out.
A terrific shot to the liver typically leaves the victim unable to move the lower half of his body for a short period of time.
Martinez (27-2-2) was attempting to make the second successful defense of his title, which now belongs to Garcia, who also has won a featherweight title.