Former two division Boxing world champion Danny Garcia made his long awaited return to the ring tonight after losing for the first time in his career last year. Garcia took on Brandon Rios in what turned out to be an exciting and brutal affair. Here are the highlights.
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Danny Óscar García (born March 20, 1988) is an American professional boxer. He is a former two-weight world champion, having held the unified WBA (Super), WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal light welterweight titles between 2012 and 2015, and the WBC welterweight title from 2016 to 2017. García was born in North Philadelphia to a mother from Bayamón, Puerto Rico; and his father Ángel García, originally from Naguabo, Puerto Rico, who was also a boxer. Danny’s father introduced him to boxing, taking him to Philadelphia’s Harrowgate Boxing Club when he was ten years old, which was the minimum age allowed by local law for a minor to train. Ángel has since been Danny’s primary boxing coach. Having been raised in the city with the second-largest Puerto Rican community in the United States, Danny identified with his heritage, stating early in his career the desire to become the “next great Puerto Rican fighter”. García admired Boxing Hall of Famer Carlos Ortiz as his favorite boxer and considered Ortiz’s fight against Lenny Matthews in Philadelphia among the most memorable he had ever witnessed. García finished his amateur career with 107 wins 13 losses.
García made his professional debut on November 17, 2007, at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey against Mike Denby. He opened up by throwing power shots, but it was a short right that sent Denby to the canvas. Another right put Denby down again in a neutral corner. García moved in for the knockout, and sent Denby down for the third and final time with a right-left combination. After the third knockdown, the referee waved the bout over. His next fight took place on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.–Ricky Hatton superfight on December 8, 2007, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. García defeated Jesús Villareal by second-round technical knockout. On January 11, 2008, at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, García defeated Marlo Córtez by second-round knockout. With precise accurate punches, he disabled Cortéz, dropping him with a left hook early in the second round, forcing the referee to stop the contest. On March 15, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, García fought Charles Wade. He utilized his speed and quickness to get close to Wade before blasting him with a left hook to knock him out.
In his fifth professional fight, García fought Guadalupe Díaz, on April 19, 2008, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. He hurt Díaz early in the fight with a barrage of punches. The referee was forced to stop the fight after Díaz was on wobbly legs. His next fight took place on May 3, 2008, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California against Julio Gamboa. García was in command of the fight, using his fast hands and good power to win by unanimous decision. On the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins–Kelly Pavlik fight for the world middleweight championship at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, García stopped Dean Nash by technical knockout after three knockdowns in the third round.