Sport Danny Garcia full of confidence after convincing victory over Jose Benavidez Jr.
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The former two-division champion is ready to begin his new journey at 154 pounds on Saturday in BrooklynThe 12-round junior middleweight bout headlines Premier Boxing Champions tripleheader (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, a building in which Garcia has headlined eight times before, including the first boxing card the venue hosted in 2012.
Danny Garcia left the ring on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn with a convincing victory and a lot of confidence.
A vintage version of the former two-division titleholder schooled Jose Benavidez to win a majority decision in his 154-pound debut and first fight since he was outpointed by welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. 19 months ago.
Judge Waleska Roldan turned in an absurd 114-114 card but the other two judges got it right, 117-111 and 116-112 for Garcia.
The Philadelphian, who spent his time off learning to cope with anxiety and depression, proved to himself that he’s still the Danny Garcia fans have known for a decade-plus.
Danny Garcia looks sharp in victory over Jose Benavidez Jr. in debut at 154 pounds
Danny Garcia gave a vintage performance in his debut at 154 pounds. The former two-division titleholder outclassed Jose Benavidez Jr. to win a majority decision on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Two judges scored it for Garcia, 117-111 and…The former two-division titleholder outclassed Jose Benavidez Jr. to win a majority decision on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“I felt good,” he said at the post-fight news conference. “A lot of people questioned me because I was off a year and half. They thought I wasn’t coming back. The loss with Spence, it was a dull performance. But I know it was because I wasn’t there mentally. And I know if I’m there mentally and physically, I know no one can beat me because I proved that before many times.
“… [The] Danny Garcia who believes in himself 100%, no one can beat him no matter who doubts him. I know I’m that the guy. I had to go through all that mental self to find myself and reenergize myself, and now I’m back”
Garcia (37-3, 21 KOs) admitted that he doubted himself even during the walk from his dressing room to the ring.
Then the opening bell rang and he quickly settled into a groove, dominating Benavidez (27-2-1, 18 KOs) with his elite skill set and activity. According to CompuBox, he outlanded his foe in every round and 233-117 overall.
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What time is Danny Garcia vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. today? Schedule, main card start time for 2022 boxing fightGarcia made his pro debut in 2007 after winning a U.S. national champion in 2006. In 2012, he beat Erik Morales for the WBC light welterweight title. In his next fight, Garcia beat Amir Khan to win the WBA and The Ring light welterweight titles. In 2016, he beat Robert Guerrero for the WBC welterweight title.
“I was a little nervous, I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I had days where I felt, ‘Yo, I’ve been out of the ring a little bit. Am I still going to be the same?” I know the way I was sparring, the way I was working out in the gym that I was physically ready. I just had to be mentally ready.
“It felt great just walking out of that tunnel, seeing my pics on the wall at Barclays center and all my fans cheering for me. So it was definitely motivating.”
Garcia reiterated at the post-fight news conference what he said immediately after the fight, that he would like to face Keith Thurman or Erislandy Lara.
Thurman handed Garcia his first loss, a split decision in 2017. He presumably would have to move up from 147 pounds for the fight now that Garcia has transitioned to 154. Still, Thurman’s message to Garcia was, “Be careful what you wish for.”
“Danny Garcia can never pass the Keith Thurman test,” he said. “I beat that boy with bone spurs. You see, I wasn’t even at my best. Look, man, my IQ is even higher, his feet are slow like a flat tire. Be careful what you wish for you silly Philly boy.
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Former two-division titleholder Danny Garcia will make his debut at 154 pounds against Jose Benavidez Jr. on Saturday at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York (Showtime). Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) last fought in December 2020, when he was…Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) last fought in December 2020, when he was outpointed by unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
“This is not a game, it’s not Street Fighter, but I will still hit you with that yoga fire.”
Lara owns the WBA’s secondary middleweight title, which Boxing Junkie doesn’t recognize. However, it’s attractive to Garcia, who seemed to dismiss Tony Harrison even though Harrison called him out.
“Like I said I’ll fight anybody,” he said. “It just gotta make sense for me. I’m not saying [Harrison] is not a big name. He was a champion, he’s proven himself. Like I said, I want to fight Keith Thurman again. Even Lara, who has a WBA belt. We can fight at a catch weight.
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