Danny Garcia continues his winning ways in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night with a victory that reminded many of an infamous Mike Tyson boxing match.
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, continues to host top-notch boxing matchups since it’s opening almost eight years ago. The first match at the venue featured a young Danny Garcia making waves in boxing as a future leader of the sport for years to come. Empire Writes Back was on hand for the arena’s latest chapter in boxing history.
In 2020, Garcia is still a legitimate star in the boxing world packing in 8,217 on Saturday night for his headlining matchup with Ivan Redkach. The non-title bout promoted by PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) in the welterweight division drew many fans from the Philadelphia area to support their own. Garcia was greeted to a hero’s welcome as he entered the ring in his traditional masked warrior style.
"“I want to thank God, said Garcia after winning by unanimous decision, “I want to thank team Garcia and all my fans in Brooklyn who came out to see me fight. Thank you."
Garcia’s victory featured an odd moment reminiscent of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield’s infamous second bout. Tyson bit a chunk out Holyfield’s ear forever, cementing a gruesome visual into the minds of boxing fans for a lifetime. Redkach provided the same odd offense with a bite of his own on Garcia, prompting the now 36-2 champion to respond with the unique comparison.
"“He bit me. He said ‘Mike Tyson’ when he bit me. I said ‘Ref, he bit me.’ I thought I needed stitches or something. That’s my first time ever getting bit in a fight. Things happen though. I’ve been in a street fight before, so I did it all.”"
"“I thought the referee was gonna stop it because I felt like I was punishing him, said Garcia, “He’s a tough guy, he hung in there, I wanted to get the KO, but I didn’t get it. I feel like I boxed smart, and I feel like that’s what I needed after this layoff. I really wanted the knockout bad, but I’ll accept this.”"
As for Garcia’s future, there are plenty of possible options for the 31-year old to capitalize on in the new year. The two fighters constantly mentioned are Errol Spence and Manny Pacquiao, each with big fight appeal.
"“Either or (Spence or Pacquiao) either of those fights I would like to have said Garcia, My style looks great with both fighters.”"
Garcia is seeking a mega fight on pay per view as he realizes the momentum is there now to make a bigger splash in the division.