2005-08-13 Alejandro Garcia w pts 12 Luca Messi, United Centre, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WBA

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2005-08-13 Alejandro Garcia w pts 12 Luca Messi, United Centre, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WBA. Referee: Pete Podgorski. Scorecards: 117-110, 119-108, 117-110. Making his first defence, Garcia (154) suffered from a slow start when dropping the first two rounds to the hard-working Messi (151) before eventually finding the room to jab and work the body. With challenger always in the thick of it, in the seventh he hurt Garcia with a solid right only for the latter to come right back with heavy rights of his own to drop him for ‘eight’. Although Garcia was less effective from there on in, claiming to have broken his left hand in the second, he did more than enough to win the decision.