Garcia vs Redkach: At 31 and at the height of his physical heyday, former two-division champion Danny Garcia hoped to close 2019 by raising his commercial value to the next level as a pay-per-headliner.
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Garcia (35-2, 21 by knockout), who in April effectively knocked out Adrian Granados on national television, was unable, however, to capitalize on the impulse to get there. First, negotiations with Mikey Garcia about the August bout failed. Garcia then entered the ring after Errol Spence Jr.’s September victory over Sean Porter to see their plans to exit the battle in January after Spence was charged with DUI in a car accident.
The new year spawned a new strategy for Garcia to set a spring date for the PPV against Spence or welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. To get there, Garcia hopes to impress another southpaw on Saturday, when he will meet with Ivan Redkach (23-4-1, 18 KOs) in Brooklyn, New York (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET).
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Just a short drive from his hometown of Philadelphia, Garcia made Barclays Center a second home ever since he helped open the boxing arena in 2012 with an impressive knockout in the Erica Morales Hall of Fame in their rematch. Fight Redkach marks his eight appearances in Brooklyn in so many years.
“It’s a dream,” Garcia told the State of Combat Podcast CBS Sports last week. “I never thought that I would have such a big market in which my fans always go out and support me. We want to fight pay-per-view, so we wanted to fight the right guy. It’s just not gone, so now we are here and we just need to prepare for the next big fight. “
Redkie, a 33-year-old native of Ukraine who is training under the leadership of Shane Mosley in Los Angeles, comes to grips with a series of victories in three fights and gives no illusions about the type of battle that pressure fighters plan to create from all sides.
“I want all Danny Garcia fans to come out because you will see a great fight and you will be met in the family of Ivan Redkach,” Redkach said. “Training with Leo Santa Cruz was a great motivation. I’m going to knock out Danny Garcia. This is the plan. Simply”.
Redkach has a history of creating exciting fights, including the fighter of the year in 2017 with John Molina Jr., in which both fighters reached the canvas before Redkach was stopped. Last June, he successfully made his debut in the 147 pounds weight category, thrice throwing former champion Devon Alexander on the road to TKO.
“He is a left-handed fighter, and we wanted the left-hander to work,” Garcia said. “We feel that he is a strong fighter, he is coming to the battle, and he is going to give us a good, hard fight. We wanted someone to push me and make me fight, and I feel like this is the guy who does it. ” “
Despite the fact that Garcia throughout the fight claimed that he did not look past Redkach, despite the big business that awaited him in case of victory, Redkach seemed to enjoy his role as a living loser.
“The victory over Devon Alexander was important because he was a well-known rival. The victory in the form in which I catapulted me to where I am now, ”Redkach said. “Danny was mistaken if he thought it was a mood. I’m going to give everyone a great fight, and we’ll see what happens on [Saturday]. ”
If Garcia had his choice regarding his next opponent, if he passed Redkach, he would not hesitate to name the 41-year-old Pacquiao, who participated in the 2019 renaissance campaign with the PPV victories over Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman. Garcia went through a phase of chasing the big one, but failed in the past, including in 2013, when his frustrated victory over Lucas Mattiss did not lead to the Floyd Mayweather battle he hoped for.