Danny García

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Danny García
Real name Danny Oscar García
Nickname(s) Swift
Rated at Light welterweight
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Reach 68.5 in (1.74 m)
Nationality American
Born (1988-03-20) March 20, 1988 (age 27)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 29
Wins by KO 17
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0

Danny Oscar García (born March 20, 1988) is a American professional boxer of from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and fights at light welterweight. He is the reigning WBC, WBA (Super), and Ring Magazine champion in his weight class.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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".[2] 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.

Amateur highlights[edit]

  • 2006 U.S. national champion
  • 2005 Tammer Tournament champion
  • 2005 Under-19 national champion[3]

Professional career[edit]

Light Welterweight[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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[edit]

In his first world title contest, García faced Mexican legend and Ring Top 10 Light Welterweight, Erik Morales, for the WBC Super Lightweight 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.[9] The scores granted by the judges were 118–111, 117–110 and 116–112.

Garcia vs. Khan[edit]

On 14 July 2012 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Garcia met Amir Khan, who was the #3 ranked light welterweight by The Ring. The fight was a title unification bout, as Garcia's WBC title and Khan's WBA Super title were both on the line. Khan entered the fight as a heavy favorite, with betting odds at 1-7 in his favor.

The fight got off to a bad start for Garcia as Khan seemed much too fast for him. Khan won the first two rounds and was well on his way to winning the third, but with twenty-nine seconds left in the round Garcia countered a Khan combination with a left hook that caught his opponent with a left to the neck and dropped him to the canvas. Khan rose to his feet quickly but had been hurt by the punch, and referee Kenny Bayless took an extra few seconds after administering the standing eight count to make sure that Khan could continue. Garcia resumed his attack and nearly finished off Khan, who was saved when the bell rang to end the round. Eight seconds into the fourth Khan, now on unsteady legs, could not withstand a barrage of punches from Garcia, who was now taking control of the fight. Garcia kept pounding away at Khan, who lost his balance and touched the canvas with his gloves, thus forcing Bayless to administer another standing eight count as a fighter is considered down once any body part of his other than his feet touch the ring after a punch.

Khan tried desperately to rally and stay in the fight. However, with forty-eight seconds left in the round Khan was smacked senseless for a third time. This time, Khan got up quickly and appeared to have recovered from the barrage of earlier and told Bayless he was okay to continue. Bayless, after considering Khan's position, decided that the champion had taken enough punishment and stopped the fight, awarding a technical knockout victory and the WBA Super championship to Garcia.[10]

Garcia vs. Morales II[edit]

Garcia's next fight was a rematch against 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[edit]

Danny Garcia defeated Zab Judah by unanimous decision (115-112, 114-112, 116-111) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 27, 2013.[11]

Garcia vs. Matthysse[edit]

Garcia was a 2-1 underdog going into his fight against Lucas Matthysse on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez superfight September 14, 2013.

Nevertheless, Garcia stood firm and fought a mature fight. Matthysse won several of the early rounds, putting heavy pressure on the champion by utilizing speed and punching power. In the middle rounds, Matthysse sustained an injury to his right eye from a Garcia flinch, to which Garcia targeted the eye throughout the remainder of the fight, subsequently taking the lead on the scorecards and closing the challengers eye. In the eleventh round Matthysse landed a punch that knocked out Garcia's mouthpiece, but Garcia turned the tables and knocked Matthysse down in the 11th round with a four-punch combination. Garcia was docked a point in the final round for low blows, but the last round was very competitive with both champion and challenger trading big shots. Garcia took the unanimous decision (115-111, 114-112 and 114-112), giving Matthysse his first decisive loss. This fight also clarified that Garcia's chin is capable of taking big shots, as it was widely touted before the fight that Garcia would not be able to absorb the huge punching power that Matthysse is famous for.[12]

For beating Judah and Matthysse, Garcia was named 2013 Boxer of the Year by Stiff Jab.[13]

Garcia vs. Herrera[edit]

Garcia retained his titles in a highly disputed majority decision win over Mauricio Herrera.[14]

Premier Boxing Champions[edit]

On January 14, 2015, NBC announced a partnership with Premier Boxing Champions to air premium fights on network television. It was announced that Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson would fight April 11, 2015 on NBC primetime.[15] The fight will be at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.[16]

Professional boxing record[edit]

29 Wins (17 knockouts), 0 Losses[17]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A United States Lamont Peterson N/A 12 2015-04-11 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York Non title fight. Catchweight: 143 lbs.
Win 29–0 United States Rod Salka KO 2 (10), 2:31 2014-08-09 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York Non title fight. Catchweight: 142 lbs.
Win 28–0 United States Mauricio Herrera MD 12 2014-03-15 Puerto Rico Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico Retained WBC & WBA Super Lightweight titles.
Retained The Ring Junior Welterweight titles.
Win 27–0 Argentina Lucas Matthysse UD 12 2013-09-14 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC & WBA Super Lightweight titles.
Retained The Ring Junior Welterweight titles.
Win 26–0 United States Zab Judah UD 12 2013-04-27 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York Retained WBC & WBA Super Lightweight titles.
Retained The Ring Junior Welterweight titles.
Win 25–0 Mexico Érik Morales KO 4 (12), 2:39 2012-10-20 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York Retained WBC & WBA Super Lightweight titles.
Retained The Ring Junior Welterweight title.
Win 24–0 United Kingdom Amir Khan TKO 4 (12), 2:28 2012-07-14 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC Super Lightweight title. Won WBA Super Lightweight
& vacant The Ring Junior Welterweight titles.
Win 23–0 Mexico Érik Morales UD 12 2012-03-24 United States Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas Won WBC Super Lightweight title.
Win 22–0 United States Kendall Holt SD 10 2011-10-15 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won vacant NABO Light Welterweight title.
Win 21–0 United States Nate Campbell UD 10 2011-04-09 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 20–0 Puerto Rico John Figueroa KO 2 (8), 0:52 2011-02-25 United States Four Points by Sheraton, San Diego, California
Win 19–0 Greece Mike Arnaoutis KO 4 (10), 1:05 2010-10-08 United States South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 18–0 Mexico Jorge Romero TKO 9 (10), 1:16 2010-07-30 Mexico Moon Palace, Cancún, Quintana Roo Won Interim WBC Youth Welterweight title.
Win 17–0 United States Christopher Fernández TKO 7 (10), 1:18 2010-05-07 United States South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 16–0 United Kingdom Ashley Theophane SD 10 2010-02-26 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Win 15–0 Mexico Enrique Colin KO 2 (10), 0:55 2009-12-02 United States Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Won Interim WBC Youth International Light Welterweight title.
Win 14–0 Colombia Oscar León TKO 3 (6), 2:59 2009-08-22 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Win 13–0 Mexico Pavel Miranda TKO 2 (8), 0:56 2009-06-12 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win 12–0 Mexico Humberto Tapia UD 8 2009-04-11 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 11–0 Mexico Cristian Favela UD 8 2009-02-28 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Win 10–0 Mexico José Alfredo Lugo UD 8 2008-12-06 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9–0 United States Adan Hernández UD 6 2008-11-22 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8–0 United States Deon Nash TKO 3 (6), 2:59 2008-10-18 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 7–0 United States Tyrone Wiggins TKO 1 (4), 1:04 2008-09-13 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 6–0 Nicaragua Julio Gamboa UD 6 2008-05-03 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 5–0 United States Guadalupe Díaz TKO 1 (6), 1:53 2008-04-19 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4–0 United States Charles Wade TKO 1 (6), 0:43 2008-03-15 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3–0 Mexico Marlo Cortéz KO 2 (4), 1:07 2008-01-11 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Win 2–0 United States Jesús Villareal TKO 2 (4), 2:28 2007-12-08 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 1–0 United States Mike Denby KO 1 (4), 1:08 2007-11-17 United States Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey Professional boxing debut.

Honors and awards[edit]

He was named the 2013 Philadelphia Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.[18][19]


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  2. ^ TSS Prospect Watch: Danny Garcia. Thesweetscience.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-26.
  3. ^ "USA Boxing – DANNY GaRCIA". Archived from the original on 2008-02-15. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  4. ^ Scharmberg, Rick (2008-01-15). "Garcia Hammers Denby". Fightnews.com. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  5. ^ Aranda, Ramon (2008-01-15). "Danny Garcia Continues to Shine". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  6. ^ Aranda, Ramon (2008-03-17). "Danny Garcia Dazzles Fans at Pacquiao-Marquez Undercard". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  7. ^ "Boxing Prospect Danny Garcia Wins on Calzaghe vs. Hopkins Undercard". SaddoBoxing.com. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  8. ^ Slater, James. "Hot Prospect Danny "Swift" Garcia Advances To 6–0 With Points Win Over Game Julio Gamboa". East Side Boxing. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  9. ^ Dan Rafael (2012-03-25). "Garcia outlasts Erik Morales to win title". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  10. ^ Garcia TKO's Khan in fourth round ant & Tate won 1000$ Fox Sport.
  11. ^ Stiff Jab — Brooklyn Boxing: Danny Garcia & Peter Quillin Win
  12. ^ Danny Garcia defeats Lucas Matthysse by unanimous decision - ESPN
  13. ^ Stiff Jab — Stiff Jab 2013 Boxer of the Year: Danny Garcia
  14. ^ Garcia vs. Herrera: Winner, Scorecard and Analysis | Bleacher Report
  15. ^ Premier Boxing Champions series to air on NBC | Premier Boxing Champions
  16. ^ Barclays Center to host Garcia-Peterson - Dan Rafael Blog - ESPN
  17. ^ Danny Garcia : Boxer. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-26.
  18. ^ "PSWA’s 110th annual Sports Awards Dinner: Who is going to be there?". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  19. ^ "Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet: Notable sports celebrities were out in force at the Hyatt in Cherry Hill". Liberty City Press. February 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 

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Awards and achievements
Title last held by
Erik Morales
WBC Super Lightweight Champion
March 24, 2012 – present
Preceded by
Amir Khan
WBA Super Lightweight Champion
Super Title

July 15, 2012 – present
Title last held by
Manny Pacquiao
The Ring Light Welterweight Champion
July 15, 2012 – present
Lineal Light Welterweight Champion
September 14, 2013 – present