After a lengthy layoff that dated back to December 2020, Danny Garcia will make his comeback on Saturday night. Garcia will move up to the junior-middleweight division this time around. Jose Benavidez Jr., his opponent, has lost only to Terence Crawford. However, he has only fought once since then. He is coming off a draw to Francisco Emanuel Torres. Danny will make his return to a place he is familiar with, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Showtime Tripleheader can be viewed on the SHO app or on the network. It features two undercard bouts and two live streaming bouts on Showtime’s YouTube Channel. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on boxing.
In what could be called Act III of Danny Garcia’s career, can Danny Garcia make a splash in the 154-pound weight division? Danny has already fought elite boxers in 140 and 147. But is it realistic for Danny to face a top-level guy at his third weight? Although boxing is full of politics, we can get rid of that one because of the quality of his junior middleweight opposition. Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions have invested much in 154 since 2016. Although it may not be the best tier in terms of the number of elite boxers, the division has provided fans with many great matchups and upsets on the way to crowning Jermell Charlo the current king.
It is always important to determine if a boxer has the power to carry his weight up. Danny Garcia was clearly not as powerful at welterweight as he was at 140. Garcia still had plenty of power at 147, a weight class in which he competed for a long period. Danny’s side is arguing that the weight drain of dropping to welterweight is a problem and the possible effects on a fighter’s body during training camp. It is possible to train full strength and not lose any weight. We will not know how successful Danny is as a junior middleweight until he meets a top-10 man, which he will not be doing this time around.
Jose Benavidez has two wins over Francisco Santana and Mauricio Herrera, aside from a disappointing performance against Crawford. Both fights were very competitive, regardless of scorecards. This boxing podcaster believes that he lost one. Given the time away from the ring, it’s difficult to predict which Jose Benavidez will be in the ring Saturday. This name seems to be a good one for Danny Garcia to test out a new weight class, considering his absence from the sport. You can expect some round-to-round action or within the rounds during the first portion of the fight. Check out the top new sportsbooks for betting on boxing.
Danny Garcia should be able to catch Jose Benavidez using a counter shot via left hook when it lands. This will make the fight more interesting. If Jose Benavidez is too strong, Danny Garcia should be able take down Benavidez with power shots to his head and body.
My Official Prediction: Danny Garcia by Unanimous Decision or Late TKO
Undercard: Ali Eren Demirezen and Adam Kownacki will be fighting in what should be a good slobber-knocker. Crossroads fights can sometimes create such urgency in fighters that it makes the television screen scream. Let’s hope we get that in the co-feature. Rances Barthelemy, a veteran fighter at 140, is the opener. It’s a great test for Gary Antuanne Russell, a rising contender. Barthlemy has been criticized for his style in recent years. However, it was his boring fight against Robert Easter Jr. that made him look a little sloppy. Russell can now benefit from facing Rances, an experienced fighter who may present problems by taking away a strength and forcing Russell to adapt.
Side Note: Check out Chris Billam Smith vs. Isaac Chamberlain on Saturday. This is a close-matched bout on paper. You can also stream Vito Mielnicki against Jimmy Williams and Sergiy Devyanchenko against Joshua Conley on YouTube before Showtime’s Tripleheader.
Written by Chris Carlson Host/Producer of The Rope A Dope Radio Podcast Available at www.blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio Follow on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio
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