When Danny Garcia makes his 154-pound debut against Jose Benavidez Jr. on July 30, he will be in pursuit of his third world title.
It was announced this week that Garcia’s fight against Benavidez will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Despite fighting in a new division, Garcia will find comfort in his boxing home away from home. This will be Garcia’s ninth fight inside the Barclays Center.
Garcia competed as a junior welterweight and a welterweight in his previous eight fights at the Barclays Center. Garcia competed in the first boxing card at the Barclays Center in October 2012 and he will look to put on another memorable performance.
July 30 will pose an interesting challenge for Garcia as he will be taking on a former welterweight title challenger in Benavidez. This will be Benavidez’s second contest in the junior middleweight division.
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Benavidez is likely going to remain above 147 pounds for the rest of his career. He brings a skill set that fits the 154-pound division and will be a unique fight against Garcia.
Experience will be the most important factor in this fight because it favors Garcia. Garcia was a world champion in two weight classes from March 2012 until March 2017.
Not having to cut seven additional pounds will benefit Garcia’s power. Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) has noteworthy power and his speed will transfer over to the junior middleweight division. His last stoppage win came in April 2019 against Adrian Granados as a welterweight.
Garcia’s resume speaks for itself. He has wins over Ashley Theophane, Erik Morales, Amir Khan, Zab Judah, and many more. Even in defeat, Garcia had solid outings in his three losses to Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, and Errol Spence Jr. Garcia put his best foot forward in those bouts and came up short.
His first test in this new division will be against Benavidez, but if he can get through Benavidez, he will be in talks to fight for a junior middleweight world title. At 34 years old, Garcia still has time on his side to claim another world championship. The junior middleweight division is ruled by Jermell Charlo, who is the undisputed world champion. Garcia could find himself in future world title eliminator bouts with a chance to fight Charlo or another world champion at 154 pounds.
His path to another welterweight world title closed on him after his most recent loss to Spence in December 2020. With the shift in focus, Garcia can restart a winning streak and take on the biggest fights in the junior middleweight division.