Galarza Overcomes Strong Test from Garcia at Boricua Invasion I
Team Puerto Rico welterweight Kenny "Battlestar" Galarza (15-1, 14 KOs) overcame the tough challenge of fellow Puerto Rican Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs) by winning a 10-round split decision last night at Boricua Invasion I at Roseland Ballroom in NYC.
Fighting in the main event, Galarza's hard punching, especially early, was the difference in a good action fight that went back and forth. Garcia came on strong in the later rounds, but time ran out on his comeback. The scores were 96-94, 97-94 Galarza and 96-94 Garcia.
"It was a tough fight," admitted Galarza post-fight. "Garcia is a veteran with a lot of experience and I give him a lot of credit. He fought well."
"Kenny showed a lot of toughness in the face of adversity tonight," said Galarza's co-promoter, Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions. "I think Garcia had a number of veteran tricks up his sleeve tonight and Kenny stayed tough, landed the harder punches and gutted it out. I was happy with his performance against a very difficult opponent."
Galarza had trained for the bout with fellow Team Puerto Rico welterweight Thomas Dulorme. "I'm happy with the decision because I really worked hard for it and I know I earned it."
Tonight's second half of the special tribute to Puerto Rican boxing at the Roseland Ballroom, Boricua Invasion II, will feature three more members of Team Puerto Rico: featherweight Luis "Orlandito" Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Dat Nguyen; junior middleweight Jonathan "Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) vs. Richard Gutierrez for the NABA and WBO Latino Youth Middleweight Championships; and light welterweight Jorge "Machito" Maysonet Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs); plus a special off-TV appearance by Puerto Rico-born light welterweight Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn.
The main bouts of Boricua Invasion II will be broadcast live on ShoBox: The New Generation at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Tickets for Boricua Invasion II on Saturday, June 11 are priced at $200, $150, $85, and $55 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Saturday, doors will open at 7:00 pm and the action starts at 7:30.
For VIP Package tickets to both nights, please call DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577.
The Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 West 52nd Street in New York City.
All bouts are subject to change.
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