Danny Garcia Returns In February
Two-division world champion Danny Garcia returns to the ring to take on former world champion Brandon Rios in a welterweight showdown on Saturday, February 17th from the Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas.
In the co-featured bout, David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez will defend his Super Middleweight World Championship for the first time against Ronald Gavril in a rematch of their September 2017 bout in which Benavidez won the vacant title by split decision.
“I’m excited just to get back in the ring,” said Garcia, who was reigning world champion for the better part of six years dating back to his win over Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2012 through March 2017.
“I needed the time off to recuperate and let my body heal.”
Garcia held world championships at super lightweight and welterweight and has fought the likes of Zab Judah, Kendall Holt, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie Malignaggi and Lamont Peterson among them. Four of his five opponents in the welterweight division were world champions and 10 of his last 14 opponents were world champions or former world champions.
“I was the reigning champion for six years, so I needed the rest,” continued the 29-year old Philadelphia fighter. “I’m ready to kick off the year in style and take over the welterweight division.”
In his last fight, a welterweight clash of world title holders, Garcia lost via split decision to now unified 147-pound world champion Keith Thurman.
“What’s interesting in this fight with Brandon Rios is our styles. We both like to come forward. This kind of matchup will bring out the best in both of us. I’m excited to be back in Las Vegas. I’ve had some of my best performances and some of my biggest fights there. I beat Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan in Vegas. You fight in Las Vegas, you’re a superstar,” added Garcia.
Rios has fought many of the top welterweights including names like Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. Rios scored 25 knockouts in his 34 wins. In his last fight he scored a TKO victory over Aaron Herrera on June 11.
“I’m excited to prove my critics wrong again,” said Rios. “I’m bring a ‘Bam Bam’ Rios slugfest to my fans. Danny is a great fighter, but I will beat him just like I have beat others in the past. I am focused and will make this a classic Mexican-Puerto Rican battle!”