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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Garcia stops Morales in fourth

By Michael Woods

Danny Garcia closed the first boxing show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with a bang, dropping and stopping Erik Morales in Round 4 of their rematch from a March match. Garcia, a 24-year-old from Philly, nearly took off the Mexican's head on Saturday with a left hook which came as Morales was throwing his own.

Danny Garcia
Danny Garcia
Garcia, who holds two 140-pound crowns, looked to be taking out frustration on Morales, who put the fight in doubt when he tested positive, twice, for clenbuterol, which can be used to lose weight and is a banned substance in boxing. The NY State Athletic Commission OK'd Morales to fight despite that, because it conducts its own tests on fight night, pre- and post-fight.

The end came for Morales at 1:23 of the fourth; a cornerman of his hopped in the ring when he saw the future Hall of Famer fall face first into the ropes. Ref Benjy Esteves called for a TKO then.

Morales spoke afterward: "I'm OK. I was prepared to come in and get it done, but I couldn't do it. I just couldn't move. Time passes by and this is an early sign that it's probably over. This will be my last fight in the United States. I want to go back for one more fight in Tijuana."