NEW YORK -- Mikey Garcia won a unanimous decision over Orlando Salido to take the WBO world featherweight title Saturday night.
The fight was stopped after the eighth round when an accidental headbutt by Salido broke Garcia's nose near the end of the round. Garcia won by scores of 79-70, 79-69 and 79-69.
Even before the accidental head butt, Garcia (31-0) was dominating the fight, having knocked Salido down four times before it was stopped. Salido (39-12-2) failed to retain the belt that he won two years ago from Juan Manuel Lopez and lost for the first time in six fights. By the time the fight ended, he had swelling under his right eye.
Garcia set a dominating tone right from the start as he knocked Salido down twice in opening round. Garcia knocked Salido down with a hard right cross halfway through the round and then dropped him again with a sweeping left hook just before the bell.
After Salido survived the second round, he went down for a third time midway through the third when Garcia used his uppercut. That sent Salido off-balance to the point where his glove touched the canvas.
Garcia recorded another knockdown midway through the fourth by getting Salido to run into a left jab.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.