Danny Garcia makes a highly-anticipated return to action this Saturday night, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, against fringe contender Ivan Redkach, coming off his shock stoppage win over Devon Alexander in six rounds.
Former unified light-welterweight champion Garcia was originally in the running to face IBF and WBC titlist Errol Spence, before the latter’s freak car accident in October.
Now, with Spence temporarily on the sidelines, Philadelphia’s ‘Swift’ will be headlining a PBC card also featuring former unified light-middleweight titlist Jarrett Hurd’s return against Francisco Santana, in addition to undefeated super bantamweight Stephen Fulton’s defence of his IBO strap against Arnold Khegai.
As someone who has arguably been both the beneficiary and the victim of questionable decision verdicts throughout his career, Garcia therefore will surely be looking to deliver the same kind of explosive statement as he did last April against the tricky veteran Adrian Granados.
After rejecting an offer from Top-Rank to face their welterweight starlet Terence Crawford, Garcia instead elected to face the stubborn, battle-tested Granados and impressed with a dominant showing; nonchalantly marching forward and dropping the Chicago native multiple times en-route to a seventh-round stoppage victory.
The win over Granados came less than a year after dropping a close decision to Shawn Porter for the vacant WBC title in September 2018. Although Redkach will be taking inspiration from the spate of upsets that have taken place in recent times, including his own, expect Garcia – no doubt painfully contemplating what might have been, last time in Brooklyn – to produce a no-nonsense performance, putting his potent left hook to good use and dispatching of Redkach with relative ease.
Article by: Navi Singh
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