In his first bout since losing his perfect record, the former two-division world champion reminded the boxing world of his top-notch pedigree with a highlight reel knockout.
If Danny Garcia was still feeling a little down heading into his first bout since losing his perfect record last February, the mood changed quite swiftly inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
While the former two-division champion nicknamed “Swift” was easily in control against Brandon Rios—his first fight back since dropping a close split-decision to Keith Thurman in a welterweight world championship unification fight in March of 2017—the Philadelphia native quickly reminded the boxing world of his top-notch pedigree.
Garcia caught Rios with a huge counter right hand that sent Rios flat on his back. Rios beat the count, but was clearly wobbly on his feet, forcing referee Kenny Bayless to halt the contest at 2:25 of the ninth round.
"I just noticed when I was getting my punches off he was standing right in front of me and I just let it go. As soon as I got the fight in the middle of the ring where I wanted I landed good shots. I was just letting my hands go and the punch landed,” Garcia told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray.