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Angel Garcia spent his earliest childhood years starving and running shoeless through the streets of Naguabo, a small town on Puerto Rico’s east coast.
This week in PBC Jabs, host Jordan Hardy takes a look at 147-pound champion Danny Garcia’s upcoming fight in his hometown of Philadelphia, and division rivals Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr. weigh in on the non-title bout.
Danny Garcia has accomplished a lot in the last six years, including knocking off seven former world champions and earning titles in two weight classes. One thing he hasn’t done? Fight in his beloved hometown of Philadelphia. That’s about to change.
Win vs Robert Guerrero
Jan 23, 2016 • Staples Center, Los Angeles
Danny Garcia WINS against Robert Guerrero by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Paul Malignaggi
Aug 01, 2015 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Danny Garcia WINS against Paul Malignaggi by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Lamont Peterson
Apr 11, 2015 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Danny Garcia WINS against Lamont Peterson by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Rod Salka 19-3-0
Aug 09, 2014 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Rod Salka by KO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Mauricio Herrera 20-3-0
Mar 15, 2014 • Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Danny Garcia WINS against Mauricio Herrera by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Lucas Martin Matthysse 34-2-0
Sep 14, 2013 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Lucas Martin Matthysse by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Zab Judah 42-7-0
Apr 27, 2013 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Zab Judah by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Erik Morales 52-8-0
Oct 20, 2012 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Erik Morales by KO in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Amir Khan 23-0-0
Jul 14, 2012 • Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Amir Khan by TKO in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Erik Morales 52-7-0
Mar 24, 2012 • Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Erik Morales by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Kendall Holt 27-4-0
Oct 15, 2011 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Kendall Holt by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Nate Campbell 33-7-1
Apr 09, 2011 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Nate Campbell by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs John Figueroa 7-8-3
Feb 25, 2011 • Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, California, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against John Figueroa by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Mike Arnaoutis 22-6-2
Oct 08, 2010 • South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Mike Arnaoutis by KO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Jorge Romero 17-2-0
Jul 30, 2010 • Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Danny Garcia WINS against Jorge Romero by TKO in Round 9 of 10
Win vs Christopher Fernandez 18-9-1
May 07, 2010 • South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Christopher Fernandez by TKO in Round 7 of 10
Win vs Ashley Theophane 25-3-1
Feb 26, 2010 • Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Ashley Theophane by SD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Enrique Colin 28-6-2
Dec 02, 2009 • Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Enrique Colin by KO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Oscar Leon 28-9-0
Aug 22, 2009 • Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Oscar Leon by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Pavel Miranda 18-3-0
Jun 12, 2009 • HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Pavel Miranda by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Humberto Tapia 14-9-1
Apr 11, 2009 • Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Humberto Tapia by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Cristian Favela 28-14-4
Feb 28, 2009 • Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Cristian Favela by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Luis Alfredo Lugo 10-5-1
Dec 06, 2008 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Luis Alfredo Lugo by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Adan Hernandez 14-5-0
Nov 22, 2008 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Adan Hernandez by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Deon Nash 5-5-0
Oct 18, 2008 • Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Deon Nash by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Tyrone Wiggins 9-22-0
Sep 13, 2008 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Tyrone Wiggins by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Julio Gamboa 28-12-2
May 03, 2008 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Julio Gamboa by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Guadalupe Diaz 4-2-1
Apr 19, 2008 • Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Guadalupe Diaz by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Charles Wade 4-4-0
Mar 15, 2008 • Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Charles Wade by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Marlo Cortez 2-3-1
Jan 11, 2008 • Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Marlo Cortez by KO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Jesus Villareal 1-2-1
Dec 08, 2007 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Jesus Villareal by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Mike Denby 0-0-1
Nov 17, 2007 • Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Danny Garcia WINS against Mike Denby by KO in Round 1 of 4
Armed with one of boxing’s best left hooks, Danny Garcia established himself as the sport’s consensus 140-pound champion before becoming a two-division champion with a 147-pound world title in 2016. Trained by his father, former boxer Angel Garcia, since he was 10 years old, the Philadelphia-born Garcia appears well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming the “next great Puerto Rican fighter.”
For his second professional bout, then-teenager Garcia was buried on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Ricky Hatton fight in Las Vegas in 2007.
Nearly six years later, Garcia was on another Mayweather undercard in Las Vegas, but under much different circumstances.
Garcia entered his fight against Lucas Matthysse as the 140-pound world champion, and won by unanimous decision to cap a dazzling stretch of seven straight victories over current or former world champions.
It was the type of success he and his father/trainer, former boxer Angel Garcia, had aspired to since they first walked into a Philadelphia boxing gym when Danny was 10 years old.
Amateur career and pro debut
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Garcia has long wanted to become the “next great Puerto Rican fighter” and appears well on his way to achieving that goal.
After an impressive amateur career in which he went 107-13 and won the 2005 U.S. under-19 national championship and the 2006 U.S. national amateur title, Garcia made a dominant pro debut, knocking Mike Denby down three times in a first-round knockout in November 2007.
Victory over Morales
Garcia, nicknamed “Swift,” knocked out his first five opponents within the first two rounds, including a second-round TKO of Jesus Villareal on the aforementioned Mayweather-Hatton undercard in December 2007.
Garcia won his first 22 fights (with 14 KOs) to set up a March 2012 bout with legendary Mexican boxer Erik Morales, who won world titles in four different weight classes.
Garcia claimed the 140-pound championship by winning a unanimous decision over Morales, who had been stripped of the title for exceeding the weight limit.
Victory over Khan
Garcia next took on another champion, Amir Khan, who entered the July 2012 fight in Las Vegas as a 4.4-to-1 betting favorite.
After a slow start, Garcia caught Khan with a left hook that sent the Englishman to the canvas in the third round.
Garcia then knocked Khan down twice more in the fourth round to earn a TKO victory.
Garcia vs Matthysse
In an October 2012 rematch with Morales, Garcia connected with a lethal left hook in the fourth round that knocked out the Mexican great and sent him into retirement.
Garcia defended his titles with a pair of 12-round unanimous-decision victories over Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse in 2013, resulting in the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association naming him the city’s pro athlete of the year.
Despite being the champion, Garcia was the underdog in his title defense against Matthysse, who had gained 32 of his 34 victories by KO.
Garcia closed Matthysse’s left eye in the seventh round, and floored the Argentine for the first time in his career in the 11th after taking a direct shot to the chin that knocked out his mouthpiece.
Continuing to roll in 2014
Garcia successfully fought twice in 2014.
He won a 12-round majority decision over Mauricio Herrera to defend his championship in Puerto Rico in March.
Garcia then annihilated Rod Salka in Brooklyn, New York, in August in a nontitle bout, knocking him down three times to gain a second-round KO.
Winning a slim decision over Lamont Peterson
Garcia made his Premier Boxing Champions debut against Lamont Peterson in Brooklyn, New York, on April 11, 2015, in a bout televised live on NBC.
Garcia tried to press the action early, but Peterson used his defense and mobility to stay away from the Philadelphia native.
Peterson became more aggressive as the fight progressed, but Garcia did enough in the first half of the bout to win a slim majority decision.
Two of the three judges scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Garcia, while the other scored it 114-114.
According to CompuBox, Garcia landed 173 of 589 punches (29 percent) while Peterson connected on 170 of 494 blows (34 percent).