Danny Garcia punches Ukraine’s Ivan Redkach during the second round of a welterweight boxing match … [+]
As expected, Danny Garcia (36-2) dominated Ivan Redkach (23-5-1) on Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia took the wide unanimous decision (117-111×2, 118-110).
From the outset, Garcia’s punching accuracy, power and defense were superior to his opponent’s. By the ninth round, Redkach’s face was battered and swollen, and the Ukrainian was so frustrated, he bit Garcia on the shoulder during a clinch during the eighth round.
Here is a look at some of the early action:
Here is how the boxing community reacted to the one-sided beatdown.
On the strength of hard power counter shots, a stiff jab and smart footwork, Garcia befuddled Redkach. From an effort standpoint, Garcia never had to shift gears.
The fight wasn’t thrilling.
It was all Garcia, and nothing spectacular from a pure visual standpoint. That said, Garcia did what he needed to do to win, but most fans and members of the media wanted more.
With the win, Garcia has positioned himself for a variety of fights. His name has repeatedly been mentioned as a potential opponent for Manny Pacquiao when he returns to the ring. Their timeframes may not be aligned, but Garcia seems like a logical opponent otherwise.
There’s also the possibility of a rematch with Keith Thurman.
Garcia was on the losing end of a tight decision with Thurman in 2017. No matter the situation, Garcia will be looking for the quickest path back to a world championship.
Redkach was once viewed as a title contender, but he looked shopworn on Saturday. By the fourth round, all of the fight had been beaten out of him. He looks to be done competing on a high level. He’s only 33, but it’s an old version of the age–at least as it pertains to boxing.
I’m not sure where he goes from here, perhaps he’s the next opponent for an up-and-comer like Jaron Ennis. that would seem to be a logical step-up fight for the talented and undefeated 22-year-old who is coming off KO victory over Bakhtiyar Eyubov earlier this month.