Bally’s Atlantic City Casino & Resort – Two undefeated heavyweights put it all on the line, but Moses “Thunderhands” Johnson (9-0-1, 7 KOs) won against Elvis Garcia of Mexico (12-1, 9 KOs) in all action, an exciting affair that was up for grabs until the final bell. Johnson won by majority decision with scores of 76-76 and 77-75 twice.
This is an important fight in the careers of both fighters and a chance to take a big step forward in the heavyweight division. From the opening bell, there was a quick contest in the middle of the ring. Both fighters had their moments, showing passion, skill and strong knockouts.
“It’s all heart,” said Johnson, 30, of Huntington, NY. We’ll get there. We’ll be back in the gym on Monday.
“I can’t lie, I thought the two rounds were close, but I knew I had gas in me and I knew I had more heart than him. It’s tough. I feel like he’s close, but I must have reached him.
Garcia outshot Johnson in both punches (209-191), but Johnson impressed the judges with his bodywork as 82 of his 191 landings were body shots. Garcia landed an average of 26 of 67 punches per round and landed 46 percent of his power while Johnson landed 24 of 72 punches per round and 39 percent of his power.
“I was really upset with the goal,” Garcia said. “I think I did a lot more than that. What he does is sit on top of me and put his weight on top of me and try to stop me from moving. I hurt him a lot more. I saw his eyes widen at times and he was stumbling. I would love to fight him again and I will be back.”