At 31 and at the peak of his physical prime, former two-division champion Danny Garcia was hoping to close 2019 by taking his commercial value to the next level as a pay-per-view headliner.
Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs), who knocked out Adrian Granados in spectacular fashion on national television in April, was never quite able to capitalize on the momentum to get there, however. First, talks with Mikey Garcia for an August bout fell apart. Garcia then entered the ring following Errol Spence Jr.’s September unification win over Shawn Porter only to see their plans for a January bout disengage after Spence was charged with DUI in an automobile accident.
The new year has spawned a new strategy for Garcia to land a spring PPV date against either Spence or fellow welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. To get there, Garcia is hoping to impress against another southpaw on Saturday when he faces Ivan Redkach (23-4-1, 18 KOs) in Brooklyn, New York (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET).
Garcia vs Redkach Tale of the Tape
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Danny Garcia vs. Ivan Redkach – welterweight, 12 rounds
Jarrett Hurd vs. Francisco Santana – super welterweight, 10 rounds
Stephen Fulton vs. Arnold Khegai – super bantamweight, 12 rounds
Patrick Harris vs. Clay Burns – lightweight, 8 rounds
Keeshawn Williams vs. Gaku Takahashi – welterweight, 8 rounds
Lorenzo Simpson vs. Antonio Louis Hernandez – middleweight, 6 rounds
Kenny Robles vs. Rickey Edwards – super lightweight, 8 rounds
Steven Torres vs. Dakota Witkopf – heavyweight, 4 rounds
Rajon Chance vs. Akihiro Nakamura – super bantamweight, 4 rounds