Mikey Garcia stops Rocky Martinez in 8th

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Associated Press

Posted on November 10, 2013 at 1:06 AM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Mikey Garcia stopped defending champion Rocky Martinez 56 seconds into the eighth round Saturday night to take the WBO junior lightweight title.

The 25-year-old Garcia, from Oxnard, Calif., floored Martinez with an uppercut, sending the Puerto Rican fighter to the canvas for the first time in his career.

Garcia improved to 33-0 with his 28th knockout. Martinez dropped to 27-2-2.

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