By Tré Berry III🖊️
(Photo capture credited to Amanda Westcott)
Former Welterweight Titlist 🇺🇸Danny “Swift” Garcia (36-2-0, 21KO👊) made for an easy nights work, dissecting 🇺🇦Ivan Redkach (23-5-1, 18KO👊) through the length of the fight and leaving no doubts as to who the superior fighter was in this contest at Garcia’s second home away from home at the Barclays Center in 🏟️Brooklyn, New York. For Redkach, it was a tough pill to swallow (more on that to be spoken of) in accepting the truth as he had no answers for what Garcia brought to the ring with him on Saturday night.
January 25th, 2020 | The DSG/Redkach Fight Recap
Whenever you are watching or analyzing a Danny Garcia fight, you are guaranteed three things, A) that you are going to see a lot of fighting from the mid-range, B) You will see a counter punching clinic inside of that range, and C) He will methodically take his time in exercising his gameplan. One of the things that I will like to focus on is Danny’s underrated 🧠boxing IQ, which also played a major role in this fight as well at the other components. Redkach typically likes to fight in the mid-range as well, so he was woven in to what DSG likes to do most, and he had the Ukrainian fighter at his mercy. Danny outsmarted and outmaneuvered Redkach, finding the precise timing needed to land the counter-left hook and cross forcefully, constantly mixing it up so that Redkach couldn’t get a beat on what Danny was looking to come with.
By the middle rounds, Redkach’s yellow hair was starting to turn orange from all the blood that started to accumulate on his face as Garcia was beating him to a bloody mask. Redkach would continue trying to land his power, often taking the 50/50 risk of taking one to give one, but in those instances, he got the wear of the worst as he was continuously rocked while Garcia took the bombs well that did land from Redkach, further supporting Garcia stature as realistically having one of the 5 best chins in all of boxing.
A BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE🍎 A frustrated man is a desperate man, and a desperate man will go to any lengths to try to inflict damage, and a bizarre moment came to fruition in the 9th round when a resource-depleted Redkach sunk his teeth in Garcia’s neck and bit him. It was done on the opposite side of 🗣️Referee Benjy Esteves Jr., so he didn’t see it, but of course Garcia was naturally taken aback by being bit, yet it still didn’t take him off his game as he kept his head and continued to serve Redkach a cold-platter of punishment. The knockout didn’t come for Danny, but he didn’t exactly need it as he dominated the bulk of the 12 rounds. With respective scores of 📝118-110, 117-111, 117-111, DSG cruised to a decision and left the Barclays Center with a victory, that victory being the 6th as a headliner at the venue since its inception.
SHOOTING FOR THE STARS?🌠 It is abundantly clear as to why Redkach was chosen for this fight, being a southpaw fighter. It served as decent preparation as Garcia is targeting 2 of the true elite fighters in the Welterweight division, who are both southpaws themselves – that being Unified WBC/IBF World Titlist 🇺🇸Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr., and legendary WBA World Titlist 🇵🇭Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. He is well in line to receiving one of these major shots next, and Garcia, while in his prime, would like to get the best match-ups that he could possibly get, and he would certainly get that as both Errol and Manny are universally recognized as being 2 of the 3 best Welterweights in the world. With fear of Garcia falling to the middle of the pack in terms of the upper echelon of the division, these are the fights he needs to try to change the narrative to elevate his status, and of course with hopes of winning his 2nd Title (5th overall) in the division.
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
January 20th, 2020 | The Return of an Accomplished Former Champion – DSG to Take on Ivan Redkach
On 🗓️January 25th, former ♛RING Junior-Welterweight Champion & Welterweight Titlist 🇺🇸Danny “Swift” Garcia (35-2-0, 21KO👊) returns, and he will be making his return against upset-minded Ukrainian 🇺🇦Ivan Redkach (23-4-1, 18KO👊) in a Welterweight contest. Philadelphia native Garcia (who opened as the 🏟️Barclays inaugural boxing headliner in 2012) will return to his second home, looking to put up a strong performance to once again catapult him back into Title contention, while Redkach is looking to expand on momentum of his last victory, which was what got him this shot here at one of the Welterweight divisions most well known names.
We last seen DSG back on April 20th of 2019 when he dismantled and disposed of stern contender 🇺🇸Adrian “Tigre” Granados, becoming the first boxer to knock out the stubborn Granados in his career, and stopping him cold in his tracks. Garcia at the age of 31 is still well within the realm of his prime, and he wants to get back to the big stage for a shot at more hardware. His last shot at a Title was a fight prior to Granados when he fought the rugged 🇺🇸”Showtime” Shawn Porter for the vacant WBC Welterweight Title. It was a very good fight, but Garcia drew the short straw that night as Porter unveiled some new wrinkles to his arsenal and took advantage of some of Garcia’s technical shortcomings to outpoint him for a Unanimous Decision.
Danny Garcia was on schedule to get a mega fight against undefeated 🇺🇸Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr., who now has the WBC belt that Garcia once targeted, and also the IBF belt, however plans were scrapped of course after Errol’s nasty car crash that sidelined him late last year with some questions about his health and availability going forward.
Instead, Garcia would like to receive a re-match against one of the two fighters he has lost to in his professional career, that being the aforementioned Shawn Porter, and/or 🇺🇸Keith “One Time” Thurman, who he dropped a Split Decision against in March of 2017. Keith Thurman is currently on the mend recovering from hand surgery, so there is some flexibility as to what direction Garcia may want to go in, but first things first, Ivan Redkach is not showing up just to lay down. He is looking to make Garcia work, and propel himself into the next level of the Welterweight division, so Garcia needs to be ready and prepared for the challenge.
January 20th, 2020 | Ivan Redkach Laying the Chips on the Table
Ivan Redkach has a lot of energy, and he brings that into the ring consistency, fight in and fight out. He packs a quality punch, and that was evident in what was his breakout victory in his last fight against 🇺🇸Devon Alexander on June 1st of 2019. Alexander may be a little long in the tooth, but he had developed some momentum in the last couple outings despite what the official record states, and Redkach put a major halt to his plans after flooring him 3 times and officially getting the knockout. Banking off the impressive victory on his behalf, he walks into this understanding that not only is Garcia in his prime as opposed to Alexander, but also realizing that this is easily his most difficult fight to date. It is unlikely he can pull this contest off in his favor, but anything can happen when you have power at your disposal, which Redkach has, but Garcia packs plenty of punching power as well, so 🗓️Saturday January 25th on 📺Showtime Boxing, we will see how this pans out and what will come of it.