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Thursday, December 13, 2012
MSG to host title fights Jan. 19

By Michael Woods

New York-area boxing fans have been blessed with a bounty of product to soak in the last couple months, and can enjoy the same in the first part of the New Year. The Theater at Madison Square Garden will host three world championship fights on January 19, as Orlando Salido puts his WBO feather crown up against Mikey Garcia, heavy-handed Gennady Golovkin, who holds the WBA middleweight crown, risks it versus Gabriel Rosado, and Rocky Martinez defends his WBO junior lightweight title against Juan Carlos Burgos.

The six battlers have a combined record of 170-18-3 (123 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 89% and a victory by knockout ratio of 72%.

Top Rank is putting on the attraction, showing off their fare in a region that has been home to more and more Golden Boy Promotions events. The Oscar De la Hoya-led outfit debuted boxing at the Barclays on Oct. 20, staged the Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout tussle on Dec. 1 at MSG, and comes back to Barclays on Feb. 9. If this surge of fight cards comes as a result of turf skirmishes, between Top Rank and Golden Boy, and MSG and Barclays, boxing fans are the beneficiaries.

Tickets are available for the tri-title fight night now.

Arguably, most eyes will be trained on Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs), a native of Kazakhstan, now training in Big Bear, Calif. On September 1, he made his U.S and HBO debuts, successfully defending his title against No. 3-rated Grzegorz Proksa via a fifth-round TKO. Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA., is something of a late bloomer, a throwback banger who scoffs at backing up. He'll be the underdog, but win or lose, we assume he will help make the faceoff a scorcher.

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