Garcia fights Redkach Jan 25th
By Bill Tibbs
Philly’s own two-division world champion Danny “Swift” García (35-2, 21 KO’s) takes on Ukraine-born, California-residing Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach (23-4-1, 18 KO’s) in a 12-round WBC welterweight title eliminator this Saturday, January, 25, live from Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia is kicking off 2020 looking to pick up the win against Redkach that, he hopes, will put him in a position to challenge for one of the welterweight titles held by WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr, WBO champion Terence Crawford or WBA champion Manny Pacquiao.
All three of those fights would be attractive options for any of those champions who themselves are looking to line themselves up for the biggest fights out there.
Things are a toss-up in the division right now with Spence looking for a late spring, or early summer, return after being involved in a huge car crash. Manny Pacquiao currently has MP Promotions boss Sean Gibbons beating the drums for a fight with either former P4P king Floyd Mayweather or UFC star Connor McGregor.
In reality, neither fight would have much impact on the boxing world as Mayweather would more than likely retire again right after the fight, if they could even coax him back. And, McGregor would be handled easily by Pacquiao, even at age 41. Both events would do huge business and play out as major entertainment events.
Those multi-million-dollar marquee side-shows aside, Crawford, Pacquiao or Spence would welcome a fight with former champion Garcia who owns wins over Amir Khan, Zab Judah, Erik Morales, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie Malignaggi and Robert Guerrero.
Garcia has been champion on and off since 2012 when he beat Mexican legend Erik Morales. His only 2 losses came against champions Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman and he comes into his latest Barclay’s assignment off an April 2019 KO of Adrain Granados.
Garcia will certainly be at home at the large, Brooklyn-based arena having fought there 7 times already in his 13-year career.
In recent interviews it is clear that while Garcia has a lot of respect for the hard punching Redkach he is probably looking at this fight as the next step to the fights he really wants with the previously mentioned Pacquiao, Crawford or Spence.
However, all plans to get a title shot against one of the division’s big names will be on hold if he is upset by Redkach; and Garcia is well aware of this.
“I’m very excited to be headlining another Showtime card and to go back to Barclays Center, my home away from home,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to step in the ring in Brooklyn and give fans the Danny García show. I watched a few of Redkach’s recent fights and he had a great knockout win over two-time champion Devon Alexander.
So, I know he’s a tough fighter and competitor who I expect to bring the best out of me, and he’s someone who deserves this opportunity,” continued Garcia. “But January 25 is tax season, so I’m going to have to tax him and pay him with a reality check.”