Danny Garcia’s Heading to Southpaw City
For some, Danny “Swift” Garcia (35-2, 21 KO’s) selecting Ivan El “Terrible” Redkach (23-4-1, 18 KO’s) as his next opponent makes for something of a head scratcher. There is the perception that perhaps Redkach is purposeful soft touch. Swift has already long been saddled with the reputation of being a card-carrying cherry-picker.
Admittedly, that detrimental brand is a bit unnecessarily harsh considering Swift’s highly decorated overall resume. Finding solace in his track record and experience allows Garcia to easily shake off the hate and deprecating sentiments. Putting those negativities to the side, he is free to focus on his own game plan.
And right now, the flavor of the hour is southpaws.
While confusing for some, the chief reason that Danny Garcia choose El Terrible is directly due to his southpaw stance. Long before Team Garcia ever could think about a bout with the jovial Ukrainian, they had been eyeing and preparing for Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s) and Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 38 KO’s). Both are southpaws.
Garcia actually had a match signed and sealed to face Spence Jr. Sadly, the fight dried up faster than ice cream on desert sand when the Truth injured himself in a near catastrophic 1-man car crash. So, when Swift went looking for another fight, the former unified junior welterweight champion specifically sought out a southpaw.
This was the method by which Garcia selected El Terrible. Seeing a future thick with lefties, Swift seeks to get right to it as soon as possible! And Garcia does literally view this bout as something as a catalyst to great things to come as he explained to SecondsOut.
“I would say this is a very important fight for me, for my future. You know my future starts on Saturday night for all the big fights. I’ve already been in a lot of big fights in my career. I fought 13 world champions, I been in 10 world title fights, so it’s not new to me. I know Redkach is hungry, but I know what it takes to win at this level and I’m ready.”
TIME FOR A STATEMENT
In the end though, Team Garcia understands that to get in those lucrative big time pay-per-view fights, he has to dispatch Redkach in spectacular fashion. For that reason, Swift is looking to piece Redkach up and put him down for good prior to the end of regulation.
“I feel like I have unfinished business here. This is my house and I feel like I have unfinished business here. So I plan on making a statement.”
By: Bakari Simpson