Danny Garcia WBC and WBA light welterweight World champion SIGNED Everlast glove.
Danny Garcia vs Amir Khan - Highlights 2012
Danny García (born March 20, 1988) is an undefeated American of Puerto Rican descent and the current Ring Magazine, WBC and WBA (Super) Light Welterweight Champion.
García was born in North Philadelphia ("North Philly") to a mother from Bayamón, Puerto Rico and Ángel García originally from Naguabo, Puerto Rico, who was also a boxer.
It was his father who introduced him to boxing, taking him to Philadelphia's Harrowgate Boxing Club when he was ten years old, the minimum age allowed by local law for a minor to train. García Sr. has since been his primary boxing coach. Having been raised in the city with the second largest Puerto Rican community in the United States, García identified with his heritage, stating early in his career the desire to become the "next great Puerto Rican fighter".
Garcia admired Boxing Hall of Famer Carlos Ortíz as his favorite boxer and considered Ortíz's fight against Lenny Matthews in Philadelphia among the most memorable he had ever witnessed.
* 2006 U.S. national champion
* 2005 Tammer Tournament champion
* 2005 Under-19 national champion
García made his professional debut on November 17, 2007, at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey against Mike Denby. He opened up by throwing power shots, but it was a short right that sent Denby to the canvas. Another right put Denby down again in a neutral corner. García moved in for the knockout, and sent Denby down for the third and final time with a right-left combination. After the third knockdown, the referee waved the bout over.
His next fight took place on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.-Ricky Hatton superfight on December 8, 2007, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. García defeated Jesús Villareal by second round technical knockout. On January 11, 2008, at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, García defeated Marlo Córtez by second round knockout. With precise accurate punches, he disabled Cortéz, dropping him with a left hook early in the second round, forcing the referee to stop the contest.
On March 15, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, García fought Charles Wade. He utilized his speed and quickness to get close to Wade before blasting him with a left hook to knock him out.
In his fifth professional fight, García fought Guadalupe Díaz, on April 19, 2008, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
He hurt Díaz early in the fight with a barrage of punches. The referee was forced to stop the fight after Díaz was on wobbly legs.
His next fight took place on May 3, 2008, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California against Julio Gamboa. García was in command of the fight, using his fast hands and good power to win by unanimous decision. On the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Kelly Pavlik fight for the World middleweight championship at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, García stopped Dean Nash by technical knockout after three knockdowns in the third round.
He survived a tough fight with Ashley Theophane in February 2010, coming away with a split-decision victory. García knocked out faded contender Mike Arnaoutis in four rounds later in the year. In his next contest held in April 2011, he defeated former lightweight titlist Nate Campbell. On August 15, 2011, García won the vacant NABO Jr. Welterweight belt in Los Angeles fighting on the HBO PPV undercard of Hopkins vs. Dawson, on a split decision over former champion Kendall Holt.
Garcia vs Morales I
In his first World title contest García faced Mexican legend and Ring Top 10 Light Welterweight, Erik Morales, for the WBC Light Welterweight World Championship in another chapter of the infamous "Puerto Rico vs. Mexico" boxing rivalry. He began the fight slowly, which Morales used to his advantage and injured his nose. As the fight progressed, García gained control, scoring a knockdown in the eleventh round before receiving a unanimous decision in his favor. The scores granted by the judges were 118–111, 117–110 and 116–112.
Garcia vs Khan
On 14 July 2012 in the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Danny Garcia met 1–7 favorite and WBA Super World Light-Welterweight Champion Amir Khan for a title unification bout with Garcia holding the WBC Light-Welterweight title. Khan came into the fight as the Ring No. 3 ranked Light Welterweight. The fight got off to a bad start for Garcia as Khan seemed much too fast, Khan cruised through easily dominating the first 2 rounds of the fight. But in round 3, with 35 seconds left after Khan had been dominating the round, a counter left hook by Garcia badly hurt Khan and sent him crashing to the canvas. When the action resumed there was only 10 seconds left and Khan barely made it out of the round. But Garcia finished the job in round 4, sending Khan down twice more prompting referee Kenny Bayless to intervene and stop the fight, giving Garcia a 4th round TKO victory over Amir Khan and handing him the WBA World Light-Welterweight Title.
Garcia vs Morales II
Garcia's next fight was a rematch against legendary Ring Top 10 Light Welterweight, Erik Morales. The fight took place on October 20, 2012, in Brooklyn. Danny Garcia retained his WBC, WBA (Super) & The Ring Light Welterweight titles by knocking out Erik Morales with a thunderous left hook in the fourth round. Here is how FOX Sports described how Danny Garcia knocked out Erik Morales:
"Morales is dancing in the opening seconds but is that because he's got a second wind or because he still doesn't know where he is. He did head to the wrong corner at the end of the last round.
This is a bad omen folks. Garcia is tapping Morales' guard with his left hand, literally telling Morales where the next shot is going to come. After four taps, Morales decides it's time to get aggressive. Bad move. Garcia blasts Morales with a left hook that launches Morales through the ropes. You can see it in Morales' eyes, he's not getting back up. KO for Garcia."
Garcia vs Judah
Danny Garcia faced off against thirty-five year old Zab Judah on April 27, 2013. Garcia out-boxed Judah for the majority of the fight, landing powerful shots that stunned Judah and eventually scored a knockdown in round 8 with a straight right hand to the head. However, Judah came back in the tenth round and landed the majority of the punches thrown by either fighter, right through to the twelfth and final round.
Despite this, Judah's late success wasn't enough to secure victory; as all of Garcia's success throughout and early and middle rounds, as well as the knockdown he scored in the eighth round, was enough to earn a (unanimous) decision victory. Garcia later stated after the fight that Judah was the toughest and most craftiest fighter he's ever faced.