Danny Garcia To Make Super Welterweight Debut On July 30


Danny Garcia will end an 18-month break from the sport on July 30.

The 40th fight of the 34-year-old’s career is to take place Jose Benavidez Jr at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn according to Mike Coppinger.

Facing Benavidez will mark the beginning of Garcia’s stint at super welterweight after unifying the super lightweight division in 2012 and adding the WBC welterweight title to his résume four years later.

The Philadelphian has a 6-2 record at the Barclays and will be a heavy favourite against Benavidez.

Garcia’s opponent doesn’t quite have the all-star list of opponents on his record but was the first defence for WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on the champion’s home turf. After a fiery build-up Benavidez took ‘Bud’ into the final round before being knocked out, the only loss on his record to date.

Last time out Garcia challenged Errol Spence Jr for the WBC Welterweight title but lost on points in December 2020. Benavidez failed to impress against Francisco Emmanuel Torres last November and could only manage a majority draw having weighed in at 158lbs.