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Philadelphian Danny Garcia brutalizes an unqualified Rod Salka in Brooklyn

Unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia knocked “Lightning” Rod Salka onto Queer Street in the second round Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Danny Garcia could have seriously injured Rod Salka.
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In a criminal mismatch, Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) dropped the 31-year-old Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) three times and the bout was mercilessly halted at 2 minutes, 31 seconds of the decisive frame after “Swift Danny” floored “Lightning” with a savage left hook.

A ballooned lightweight who is not even ranked in the top 70 of that weight class, Salka possesses feathery fists and a weak résumé.

Hence, as a 50-1 underdog, WBA and WBC sanctioning bodies wouldn’t allow Salka to compete for Garcia’s belts.

Despite the substandard adversary, Garcia was aggressive and relentless and treated Salka like a punching bag.

Essentially, considering such insane circumstances, Garcia couldn’t have looked better this weekend in Gotham’s most populous borough.

"I came here and did what I was supposed to do," said Garcia, 26, who was featured on the cover of the December 2013 issue of The Ring magazine.

"Puerto Rico was an off night for me. This was Danny Garcia at his best. Anyone would have gotten knocked out tonight."

Garcia has trumped solid pugilists Lucas Matthysse, Zab Judah, Erik Morales, and Amir Khan and he’s determined to become Puerto Rico’s next legend in the squared circle.

Perhaps “anyone would have gotten knocked out.”

Nevertheless, without “an off night,” Danny Garcia should immediately reenter the gym and begin preparing to face a more qualified opponent before 2015.

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