By Tim Smith
Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland
There is an empty feeling that comes with not getting what you feel you have rightly earned. Juan Carlos Burgos knows that feeling all too well.
When Burgos fought Roman "Rocky'' Martinez for the junior lightweight championship at Madison Square Garden last January the match ended in a controversial draw. Burgos was fighting on the undercard of the main event involving Mikey Garcia and Orlando Salido, who were battling for the featherweight championship.
Garcia defeated Salido for the featherweight title and launched himself on a path toward stardom. After moving up in weight, Garcia did something that Burgos couldn't. He relieved Martinez of the junior lightweight title with an eighth round knockout.
A year later, Garcia and Burgos are back at the place where their paths diverged. The two will meet in a 12-round match for Garcia's 130-pound belt in the main event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 25, airing 9:45 ET/PT on HBO's Boxing After Dark. Bryant Jennings, a Philadelphia heavyweight contender with a record of 17-0 with 9 KOs, will take on Artur Szpilka of Krakow, Poland (16-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round match as the evening's co-feature.