There is no mistaking that Danny Garcia wants to use Ivan Redkach as a stepping stone for much bigger fights when they get in the ring together on January 25, but he knows he cannot underestimate the Ukrainian.
Is Garcia Still Capable Of Attracting The Big Names?
Danny Garcia has made it clear that he wants to be taking on the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr and Kevin Thurman in the not too distant future. The problem is, is he still the big-name fighter he thinks he is?
Garcia has been in the ring with some of the biggest names in boxing. He shocked the boxing world when he stopped Amir Khan in the fourth round of their unification bout as he took Khan’s WBA (Super) light welterweight belt to add to his WBC title. Khan was the overwhelming odds-on favourite to beat Garcia, but the American dropped the Brit in the third round with a left hook that stunned Khan. He took a standing eight count, but he was already in deep waters. Garcia ended the fight in the following round after knocking him down two more times before the referee stopped it before Garcia inflicted any more damage on Khan.
That victory opened up many doors for Garcia. He went on to share a ring with the likes of Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. He suffered defeats against Thurman and Porter in 2017 and 2018 respectively and has been unable to attract the big names since.
Those losses to Thurman and Porter are the only ones in his 37-fight career and it has been a stellar career, but I’m not sure he can still hang with the top guys. He pushed Thurman all the way and was on the wrong end of a split decision, but he was unanimously beaten by Porter as he failed to regain the WBC light welterweight title. As long as the likes of Pacquiao, Spence Jr, Thurman and Porter are still in the ring, then Garcia will be seen as an afterthought. He may end up with one of those big fights, but his chances of winning don’t look good.
Danny Garcia v Ivan Redkach Tips
What does look good for Garcia is that we can’t see him losing to Redkach when they clash at the Barclays Center in New York on January 25. Redkach is a tough southpaw opponent who will not be afraid to throw punches, but Garcia will be too experienced and calculated to allow Redkach to physically trouble him. This won’t be a quick fight in New York, we fully expect it to go the distance and Garcia to win by unanimous decision.
But you can’t underestimate Redkach. The Ukrainian is currently on a three-fight winning streak and showed a lot of courage and heart in his sixth round Technical Knockout win over Devon Alexander back in June 2019. His confidence will be high, but as already stated Garcia believes he has bigger fish to fry. He will dominate the fight and will do enough to impress all three judges. We cannot see Garcia actually knocking Redkach out.
What The Fighters Said
Danny Garcia: “Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr and Keith Thurman – those are the fights I really want. At this point in my career, every fight is a big fight for me. I have to look good every time and I have to win. I’m very motivated because of those circumstances. I want to fight the best. I’m here to fight the best. That’s what I want to do and the first step before that is Redkach. The big fights don’t make sense if I don’t get past this one first. I’ve seen him fight (Redkach) a few times. He’s definitely a tough guy who deserves his opportunity. I know he’s going to bring the best out of me, and that’s why this is a good fight for me, He’s a southpaw with good technique. He’s the kind of opponent to bring out the best in me.”
Ivan Redkach: “As a fighter, he is a very good fighter. But I’m not sure he will be able to handle himself in the ring against someone like me. I will do whatever it takes to come out with the win this January. The motivation and strength I get from my family and friends is what pushes me. As long as I have their motivation that’s all I need. That’s what helped me in the Alexander fight and it’s going to help me in this fight.”