Danny Garcia to Return against Brandon Rios
Published: December 21, 2017
The long-awaited return of former two-division champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) is now no longer a mystery. The Philadelphia fighter will step back in the squared circle against former lightweight world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs). The bout will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on February 17 live on premium cable channel Showtime.
Garcia has been out of the ring since last March when he faced Keith “One Time” Thurman in a rare welterweight title unification bout. That night Garcia suffered the first clear defeat of his career losing by split decision. There were many rumors about whom Garcia would face next. There were talks of a fight with former welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter that never materialized. At the age of 29, Garcia is still in his prime in one of the best divisions in the entire sport.
Rios comes into the fight with Garcia with little to lose at this point of his career. For the last few years, Rios has been relatively inactive only fighting once in 2017 and missing all of 2016. In his previous bout, Rios defeated the tough Aaron Herrera stopping him in the seventh round with a body shot. The former lightweight champion has a chance to makes waves in the welterweight division with a victory over Garcia. Since Rios’ stoppage loss to Timothy Bradley in 2015, he has been out of any talks of fighting for a world title. A win over Garcia could put the popular brawler in line for title shots against Thurman or Errol Spence Jr.
While Garcia-Rios was not the fight fans were looking to see Garcia step in the ring against in his return, Rios has always provided exciting action fights. The styles of both men could make for a memorable night of boxing in Las Vegas. The match has the potential to be another substantial chapter in the historic rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico.
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