1991-06-01 Meldrick Taylor w pts 12 Luis Garcia, Radisson Resort, Palm Springs, California, USA - WBA

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1991-06-01 Meldrick Taylor w pts 12 Luis Garcia, Radisson Resort, Palm Springs, California, USA - WBA. Referee: Lou Moret. Scorecards: 118-112, 115-113, 114-117. Taking on the unbeaten Garcia (146¾) in his first defence proved more difficult for Taylor (146¾) than those around him imagined, the Venezuelan putting up a great fight. The lanky Garcia, who turned out to have an excellent left jab, certainly knew how to use it to his advantage. He had also won 17 of his last 19 fights inside the distance. Although Taylor was always one step ahead he could never take it easy as the hardy Garcia was always likely to counter him. However, the champion had that extra bit of class that won it for him.