Danny García

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Danny García
Real name Danny Oscar García
Nickname(s) Swift
Rated at Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)
Reach 68 12 in (174 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1988-03-20) March 20, 1988 (age 28)
Pennsylvania, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 32
Wins by KO 18
Losses 0

Danny Oscar García (born March 20, 1988) is an American professional boxer. He is the current WBC welterweight champion, having previously held the WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring magazine and lineal light welterweight titles.[1]

Early life[edit]

García was born in North Philadelphia to a mother from Bayamón, Puerto Rico and Ángel García originally from Naguabo, Puerto Rico, who was also a boxer.[2] 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".[3] 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[4]

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.[5] 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. 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] On the undercard of the Bernard HopkinsKelly 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, Khan[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.[10] 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.

Khan seemed the faster of the two early, but Garcia pretty quickly found a way to catch many of Khan's punches and was clearly finding the range with his own. Khan won the first two rounds and could have been 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 Khan on 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, appeared to have recovered from the barrage 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. Garcia won the WBA (Super) and vacant The Ring Light Welterweight titles.[11]

Garcia vs. Morales II, Judah[edit]

Garcia's next fight was a rematch against Ring Top 10 Light Welterweight, Erik Morales. The fight took place on October 20, l2012, in Brooklyn. Danny Garcia retained his WBC, WBA (Super) & The Ring Light Welterweight title's 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: TV "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."

Danny Garcia defeated Zab Judah by unanimous decision (115-112, 114-112, 116-111) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 27, 2013.[12]

Garcia vs. Matthysse, Herrera[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. With the victory, Garcia won the vacant Lineal Light Welterweight title.

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

Garcia retained his titles in a disputed majority decision win over Mauricio Herrera.[14] The official scorecards read (114-114, 116-112, 116-112[15]). The fight aired on Showtime and was the first fight for Garcia in his parents homeland of Puerto Rico. Showtime commentators Al Bernstein, Paulie Malignaggi, and Steve Farhood scored the fight in favor of Mauricio Herrera, but the judges scored it for Garcia, with one card at draw.[16] Herrera's jab consistently scored and he was viewed by onlookers as the slightly busier fighter.[17]

Premier Boxing Champions Garcia vs. Peterson[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.[18] The fight was at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.[19] The highly anticipated bout between Garcia and Peterson took place at a 143-pound catch weight and was a non title bout. Both fighters had something to prove as Garcia was coming off an extremely tough fight with Mauricio Herrera and Peterson was still reeling from a knockout loss to Lucas Matthysse in 2013. In the early rounds Peterson was very defensive and attempted to frustrate Garcia with his awkward style. Garcia was the busier fighter the first four or five rounds throwing and landing more punches although having trouble landing clean punches on Peterson. Both boxers took turns setting the pace, Garcia landing combinations and heavily to the body, Peterson jabbing and landing clean single power punches. Peterson's size and athleticism allowed him to stay in the fight even in the face of waves of serious Garcia body blows. Peterson looked strong going into rounds 10, 11, 12, but gave away round ten completely. Garcia maintained a steady attack in the last three rounds of the fight while Peterson began coming forward and throwing everything he had (possibly suspecting he was trailing). Despite a very strong showing by Peterson, Garcia was awarded a majority decision by scores of 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.[20] Both Peterson and Herrera showed that Garcia's left hook, while accurate and relentless, will not alone lead him to a welterweight Championship. Ringside observers commented that Peterson may have outweighed Garcia by 15-20 lbs at fight time.


Premier Boxing Champions Garcia vs. Malignaggi[edit]

On August 1, 2015, Garcia made his 147lbs Welterweight debut against Paulie Malignaggi at Barclays Center, Brooklyn in a Premier Boxing Champions fight shown on ESPN. Garcia won the fight with a ninth round Technical Knockout at 2:22 of the round.[21] Garcia pushed the pace early, walking through Malignaggi's jab and firing to the head and body with both hands, particularly the right. Malignaggi was cut above his right eye by the third round and had a large welt beneath the right eye in the sixth, having been bludgeoned by several huge shots from Garcia. Malignaggi was still taking a beating at the 2:22 mark of the ninth, when referee Arthur Mercante Jr. wrapped him in his arms to signal the end, beating Malignaggi's corner, which was about to throw in the towel.[22]

Premier Boxing Champions Garcia vs. Guerrero[edit]

On November 24, 2015, it was announced that Garcia would be facing Robert Guerrero on January 23, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles in a PBC fight expected to be broadcast on FOX which will be the first ever major PBC event to be broadcast on the network.[23] Garcia won by unanimous decision 116-112 scored by all judges becoming the new champion.

Professional boxing record[edit]

32 fights, 32 wins (18 knockouts), 0 losses
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 Win 32–0 United States Robert Guerrero UD 12 Jan 23, 2016 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC welterweight title
31 Win 31–0 United States Paulie Malignaggi TKO 9 (12), 2:22 Aug 1, 2015 United States Barclays Center, New York, City, New York, U.S.
30 Win 30–0 United States Lamont Peterson MD 12 Apr 11, 2015 United States Barclays Center, New York, City, New York, U.S.
29 Win 29–0 United States Rod Salka KO 2 (10), 2:31 Aug 9, 2014 United States Barclays Center, New York, City, New York, U.S.
28 Win 28–0 United States Mauricio Herrera MD 12 Mar 15, 2014 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico Retained WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring and lineal light welterweight titles
27 Win 27–0 Argentina Lucas Matthysse UD 12 Sep 14, 2013 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring light welterweight titles;
Won vacant lineal light welterweight title
26 Win 26–0 United States Zab Judah UD 12 Apr 27, 2013 United States Barclays Center, New York, City, New York, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring light welterweight titles
25 Win 25–0 Mexico Érik Morales KO 4 (12), 2:39 Oct 20, 2012 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring light welterweight titles
24 Win 24–0 United Kingdom Amir Khan TKO 4 (12), 2:28 Jul 14, 2012 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title;
Won WBA (Super) and vacant The Ring light welterweight titles
23 Win 23–0 Mexico Érik Morales UD 12 Mar 24, 2012 United States Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBC light welterweight title
22 Win 22–0 United States Kendall Holt SD 12 Oct 15, 2011 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental light welterweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Nate Campbell UD 10 Apr 6, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 Puerto Rico John Figueroa KO 2 (8), 0:52 Feb 25, 2011 United States Four Points by Sheraton, San Diego, California, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Greece Mike Arnaoutis KO 4 (10), 1:05 Oct 8, 2010 United States South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Jorge Romero TKO 9 (10), 1:16 Jul 30, 2010 Mexico Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancún, Mexico Won WBC Youth interim welterweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States Christopher Fernández TKO 7 (10), 1:18 May 7, 2010 United States South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United Kingdom Ashley Theophane SD 10 Feb 26, 2010 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Enrique Colin KO 2 (10), 0:55 Dec 2, 2009 United States Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Won WBC Youth International interim light welterweight title
14 Win 14–0 Colombia Oscar León TKO 3 (6), 2:59 Aug 22, 2009 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Pavel Miranda TKO 2 (8), 0:56 Jun 12, 2009 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Humberto Tapia UD 8 Apr 11, 2009 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Cristian Favela UD 8 Feb 28, 2009 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Mexico José Alfredo Lugo UD 8 Dec 6, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Adan Hernández UD 6 Nov 22, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Deon Nash TKO 3 (6), 2:59 Oct 18, 2008 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Tyrone Wiggins TKO 1 (4), 1:04 Sep 13, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Nicaragua Julio Gamboa UD 6 May 3, 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Guadalupe Díaz TKO 1 (6), 1:53 Apr 19, 2008 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Charles Wade TKO 1 (6), 0:43 Mar 15, 2008 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Marlo Cortéz KO 2 (4), 1:07 Jan 11, 2008 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Jesús Villareal TKO 2 (4), 2:28 Dec 8, 2007 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Mike Denby KO 1 (4), 1:08 Nov 17, 2007 United States Borgata, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
New title WBC Youth Intercontinental light welterweight champion
December 2, 2009 – July 2010
Title next held by
Steve Claggett
Title last held by
Canelo Álvarez
WBC Youth light welterweight champion
Interim title

July 30, 2010 – October 2010
Title next held by
Aslanbek Kozaev
Title last held by
Lucas Matthysse
WBO Inter-Continental light welterweight champion
October 15, 2011 – January 2012
Title next held by
Ruslan Provodnikov
World titles
Title last held by
Érik Morales
WBC light welterweight champion
March 24, 2012 – July 11, 2015
Title next held by
Viktor Postol
Preceded by
Amir Khan
WBA light welterweight champion
Super title

July 14, 2012 – September 11, 2015
Title last held by
Manny Pacquiao
The Ring light welterweight champion
July 14, 2012 – August 10, 2015
Title next held by
Terence Crawford
Lineal light welterweight champion
September 14, 2013 – August 10, 2015
Title last held by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
WBC welterweight champion
January 23, 2016 – present

Honors and awards[edit]

He was named the 2013 Philadelphia Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.[24][25]


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