Underdog no more: Garcia proves he’s among boxing’s best


Oct 13, 2013

Category: sports                                                                                Posted by: Hudson

ABOVE PHOTO: Garcia lands a punch against Matthysse in the eighth round during a WBC and WBA super lightweight title fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas.                                                  (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

By Chris Murray 

For the Chris Murray Report and the Philadelphia Sunday Sun 


Throughout his young career, world super-lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia has found himself cast as the underdog by boxing insiders each time he’s stepped into the ring for a major fight.


And the unbeaten Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) has made these skeptics eat their words. The 25-year-old phenom’s incredible performance in the ring has wowed the boxing world and his tenacity in the ring has made him a rising star.


Like most Philly fighters, Garcia’s relentless warrior mentality is one that can’t be taught.


“I’m a different fighter, it’s in me, it’s in my spirit,” said the graduate of Northeast Philadelphia’s George Washington High School. “Most guys have to learn to be a fighter. That’s the difference between me and these guys.  They want to be a fighter. I am a fighter, first. I can do both (a boxer and fighter). What they learn, I already know. It’s in my spirit.”


That was the case in Garcia’s last title defense against heavily favored Lucas Matthysse, who had knocked out or stopped his last six opponents. A good number of boxing experts were predicting that the young North Philadelphia fighter would get knocked out.


In an action-packed fight in which he struggled early, Garcia won a unanimous decision over Matthysse last month to retain his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles in the 140-pound division. It was the co-main event on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez undercard.


Early in the fight Matthysse, who has the ability to end a fight with just one punch, seemed to have the upper hand on Garcia, who didn’t get hurt and managed to stay on his feet by avoiding some of Matthysse hardest punches.


“It was even in the first couple of rounds, I stuck to my game plan, I’m a true champion, I make adjustments,” Garcia said.


The adjustment that Garcia made was the use of his left-hook to Matthysse’s head and body.  By the seventh round, Garcia’s punches eventually took their toll on Matthysse, swelling his right eye shut. From that point, the challenger didn’t see the flurry left and rights peppering his face and mid-section.


The young North Philadelphia fighter showed his true grit in the 11th round when a game Matthysse stung Garcia with a right that knocked his mouthpiece out.  Seemingly unfazed, Garcia bounced back with a left hook that put Matthysse on the canvas for the first time in his career.


Garcia came into that fight having already beaten some of the names in the sport like Amir Khan (4th Round TKO) and Zab Judah. He said he’s never seen himself as an underdog. It’s something that others have imposed on him.


“I don’t even pay attention to none of that stuff. I just go in and train hard for the fight. I know what I can do. That’s something that the media has put on me, I don’t call myself an underdog,” Garcia said. “I don’t why they put that label on me but it is what it is.”


In the Matthysse fight, Garcia didn’t like the idea of being cast as the underdog because he felt he had fought a better quality of opponents than his rival.


“I don’t understand how I could be an underdog when Lucas Matthysse was the first fighter I’ve fought in five fights who wasn’t a current or past champion,” Garcia said. “He never won a world title and I’m the underdog.”


After his win over Matthysse, Garcia said he is looking to move up from the 140-pound division to the welterweight (147 pounds) where there could be some intriguing matchups.  He said it’s up to his management team to make those matches for him.


Would he fight Matthysse again? Garcia said that’s out of the question.


“A rematch is pointless because I won the fight and I was the champion,” Garcia said. “If he was the champion, I would have to give him a rematch but he wasn’t the champ. He was the challenger, he lost.”


Some boxing observers said there is the possibility that Garcia would fight Mayweather, who methodically picked apart Alvarez in the same night Garcia defeated Matthysse. There’s also unbeaten WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KOs), who has a huge fight in December against Marcos Madaina of Argentina (34-3, 31 KOs).


“Whoever they put in front of me, I’m going to make a great show out of it, give them they want and win the fight,” Garcia said.


Given his ability to come up with big performances against seemingly better opposition, Garcia sees no limits in his potential to being one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.


“I’m getting better and better with each fight and with every fight I’m showing something new,” Garcia said. I’m only 25-years-old. In a couple of years, God knows how good I’ll be.”


Mayweather Sr. says Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse have no shot against Floyd

Chris Robinson

Published on Sep 15, 2013
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Chris Robinson catches up with trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 14 following his son Floyd’s dominant victory over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Hear what Floyd Sr. had to say about the fight as well as the possibility of Danny Garcia or Lucas Matthysse facing his son

Mayweather schools Canelo; Garcia defeats Matthysse; Molina dethrones Smith

By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime

In a clash for the WBC/WBA super welterweight belts, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round “majority” decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After making 152 Friday, the 23-year-old Canelo entered the ring at 165. 36-year-old Floyd lost half-a-pound. Floyd simply outboxed Canelo from the opening bell. Alvarez was game and had some moments, but Floyd was dominant for the most part. Scores were 114-114, 116-112, 117-111. The bizarre 114-114 scoring was from C.J. Ross.

For the night’s work, Mayweather collected a guaranteed $41.5 million. “It’s all about skills,” Mayweather said. “I came out tonight and showed my skills. But a true champion like Canelo can take a loss and bounce back. My dad had a brilliant game plan. I executed that game plan. I could have pressed it and got the late stoppage, but tonight experience played a major key. Tonight was just my night.”

Canelo admitted that Mayweather’s skills and style of fighting were too much to overcome. “He’s very elusive, he’s a great fighter and that’s why I couldn’t catch him,” Canelo said. “I didn’t know how to get him. It’s as simple as that. He’s very elusive. He’s a great fighter. The frustration was getting in there. But simply he’s a great fighter. I didn’t want to lose. I didn’t want to leave here with a loss. But it happens and it hurts.”

WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) retained his titles with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBC interim super lightweight champion Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs). Both fighters came out carefully, respecting the other’s power. The bout started heating up in the mid-rounds. Matthysse’s right eye was nearly shut by round eight and Garcia, a 2:1 underdog, had target practice after that. A desperate Matthysse tried to pull it out late with big shots, but Garcia put him down in the eleventh. Garcia was deducted a point for a low blow in the twelfth. The fight ended with both fighters furiously throwing leather. Scores were 115-111, 114-112, 114-112. Matthysse had suffered two dubious losses in the USA previously, but this loss was legit.

“I’m the champion of the world,” said Garcia. “The champion of the world isn’t scared of anyone. If you can make it out Philly you can make it out of anywhere. The only way to slow him down was to go down to the body and throw combinations upstairs. I just let my hands go.”

Matthysse stated, “I only had one eye for half of the fight but, it’s no excuse. He fought a great fight. He’s a great champion and we knew he wasn’t intimidated by my punching.”

In a lackluster affair with no memorable moments, Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) won a twelve round split decision to dethrone IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith (25-6, 11 KOs). Scores were 117-111, 116-112 Molina, 116-112 Smith

Welterweight Pablo Cesar Cano (27-3-1, 20 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over Ashley Theophane (34-5-1, 10 KOs). Despite being cut over the left eye early on, Cano landed the more hurtful punches in the fight en route to a 98-92, 97-93 win on two cards, while Theophane was up 96-94 on the third card.

In a power punch slug fest, Luis “Cuba” Arias (7-0, 4KOs) of Las Vegas mauled Reidsville, NC’s James Winchester (16-9, 6KOs) en route to a six round unanimous decision in the super middleweight division. Arias always moved forward and once he trapped Winchester against the ropes scored hard body shots and looked for the head with upper cuts with both fists. Winchester had no choice but to protect himself and retreat. It was no surprise when the scores were announced as 60-54 three times.

In an eight round super middleweight bout, Ronald Gravil controlled the majority of the action with a vast array of punches scores over former Mayweather Promotions charge Shujaa El Amin (formerly known as Dion Savage. Gravil scored well as El Amin would look to work on the inside. Scores were 79-73 three times. Gravil stays undefeated with a record of 7-0, 5KOs while El Amin drops to 12-5, 6KOs.

In another quick knock out, middleweight Chris “Sweet” Pearson (12-0, 9KOs) annihilated Joshua Williams (9-6, 5KOs) of Westerly, RI, in the first round of a scheduled eight. Straight punches to the face bloodied the nose of the southpaw Williams and as Pearson, also a southpaw, began to pick up the pace, referee Russell Mora stopped the action at 1:14 of the first round.

Las Vegas, NV’s Lannell “KO” Bellows (6-0-1, 4KOs) scored exactly what his nickname describes, a quick knock out of previous undefeated Jordan Moore (3-1) of Logan, West Virginia. A big right hand at the 2:30 of the first round of a scheduled super middleweight four was enough to prevent Moore from beating the count.

We’ve heard that the first scheduled fight between cruiserweights Andrew Tabiti and Edward Smith did not happen because Smith failed to turn in a urine sample prior to the fight.

Mayweather schools Canelo - Garcia defeats Matthysse - Molina dethrones Smith






Lucas Matthysse ripping the mitts with Luis ‘Cuty’ Barrera [Behind the scenes part 2]

Chris Robinson
Published on Sep 8, 2013
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More all-access coverage from Lucas Matthysse’s training camp in Indio, Calif. as he rips the mitts with his trainer Luis ‘Cuty’ Barrera ahead of his Sept. 14 duel with Danny Garcia.

Photo credits: Chris Robinson (http://www.HustleBoss.com)

Music credits: Tom Cusack (http://www.FreeMusicForVideos.com)

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