Danny Garcia aces new weight class, easily decisions Jose Benavidez Jr. in ring return

Danny Garcia aces new weight class, easily decisions Jose Benavidez Jr. in ring return

Published July 31, 2022
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In his first fight in 19 months and in a new weight class, the former champion showed he still has the skills that made him one of boxing’s top draws. A barrage of body shots and precise punching helped Garcia score a majority decision Saturday against Jose Benavidez Jr. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 117-111, 116-112, 114-114.

The Philadelphia native was anything but rusty against Benavidez. Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) was the much smaller fighter but yet was the one imposing his will throughout the fight. He was faster and more active against a flat-footed and reluctant Benavidez (27-2-1, 18 KOs).

Garcia landed a career-high 153 punches, according to CompuBox, which accounted for 65.5% of his total connects. By the fourth round, Garcia was clearly not bothered by facing a much bigger fighter. He faced Benavidez with his hands down, shimmied around the ring and loaded up on powerful punches without fear of anything significant coming in return.

The Phoenix-based fighter was more content to stick out his tongue to dissuade Garcia than actually throwing anything substantial. After Benavidez had a good showing in the ninth round, he followed it up by throwing just 47 punches in the next three minutes, according to CompuBox.