Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Tyron Brunson and Ismael Garcia fought to split-draw in an extremely boring eight-round middleweight affair Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.
Garcia (10-0-2, 4KO’s) came into the contest feeling pretty good about himself going forward, but did not display the skill that helped him reel off 10 straight to start his career. In fact, Garcia’s game plan seemed to be more passive then aggressive, as he boxed cautiously throughout the content. Brunson (23-6-2, 22KO’s) did not fare much better, as he followed Garcia around the ring, reluctant to throw his heavy hands — heavy hands that produced 22 knockouts in his career.
The 29-year-old Garcia, who had the edge in height and reach, used his jabs as he tried to set the tone. However, he never really let his hands go and really seemed very disinterested in engaging his opponent.
What was billed as an exciting fight and fan friendly fight on paper, turned into a complete disgrace as both fighters seemed content with just showing up and collecting a paycheck during the middle rounds.
In the eighth and final round, Brunson woke up and began pressing the action. He was able to connect on a right hand that scored several times in the stanza, as Garcia’s left eye began to swell up. However, the action was minimal and the bell sounded, ending a very disappointing contest.
By the way the scores looked, it appeared that the judges were sleeping most of the bout. Two of the official judges scored the bout 78-74, one for Garcia and the other for Brunson. The final judge, John Poturaj saw the fight a 76-76.