Week 13 hard calls
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You know the cycle. Boxing is forever a rotation of « Boom, Lull, Dead and Boom » as stars spin in and out of the sports landscape. This is the story of many fighters too: they boomed early in their careers, rose to the championship ranks, and had their careers declared dead if they suffered a loss or two.
As boxing begins another boom – heavyweight, lightweight and welterweight full of talent and exciting fights – Danny Garcia seeks to revive his own career and get back into the ranks of world champions for the first time since 2017 when he faced WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. . on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
After starting his career 33-0 and taking the WBA welterweight crown – including a long tenure as junior welterweight champion – Garcia lost a split decision to Keith Thurman in March 2017. The loss felt like something approaching karma after Garcia arguably won a gifted decision over Lamont Peterson and Mauricio Herrera. Two fights later Garcia suffered a decisive loss and Shawn Porter had to decide for the then vacant WBC welterweight belt.
After Porter’s victory over Garcia, Errol Spence Jr. . entered the ring and threw a challenge on the winner, which Spence won by separate decision in one of the best fights of 2019.
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With Spence and Terence Crawford top welterweight stars and Thurman, Porter and Manny Pacquiao in the limelight, Garcia has felt like the odd man in a crowded and competitive 147-pound scene.
The rebound from Porter’s defeat with wins against Adrian Granados and Ivan Redkach didn’t bring Garcia back into greater boxing consciousness, but he was the man Premier Boxing Champions took on Spence after Spence defeated Porter, a fight complicated by Spence’s terrifying high-speed crash and global pandemic.
« I picked Danny Garcia because he’s a tough opponent with a granite chin. He’s always in tough hand-to-hand combat. He’ll get the best out of me, « Spence said at a recent virtual media training session. « If I were to catch up I would not be as focused or committed as I am now. I know Danny’s dad is pushing him to take my belts in my hometown. So I stay focused to make sure that doesn’t happen. «
Garcia was once able to be the man who made the harvest. Now he has become the chosen one. But he’s got the opportunity he’s been waiting for: the chance to step into the ring with one of the pound-for-pound elites of boxing and rise to any number of huge cash fights.
Furthermore, beating Spence would potentially land Garcia in the 2020 Fighter of the Year discussion. It’s the power of a great win in boxing, the chance to regain every moment of momentum and prestige that was lost in defeats to Thurman and Porter.
Obviously, getting that profit is a big question. Garcia has never been such an outcast as he is when facing Spence. Currently, Garcia is a 350 underdog at William Hill Sportsbook, despite having questions about Spence’s health following his car accident. Without these questions, Spence would probably be even more preferred.
Garcia says he’s not focused on the odds, his losses, or the form Spence will be in for the fight. He’s training for the best version of Spence and preparing for a great future.
« Everything I’ve done in the past really means nothing, » Garcia told Yahoo Sports. « I have to go in there on [Saturday] and this is my new future. «
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