Saturday night in Southern California, Danny “Swift” Garcia was expected to put on an impressive show and get back into the Welterweight championship picture. He delivered, easily.
Garcia dominated Adrian Granados, flooring him three times and eventually scoring a seventh-round TKO in the main event fight of the Premier Boxing Champions show at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
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Fighting for the first time since his loss last September by decision to Shawn Porter, Garcia took control of the fight in the second round by knocking Granado’s down twice. Granados survived until the bell, but it was obvious that Garcia’s hand speed and power were both too much for him.
Garcia repeatedly scored using the left jab and the right behind it. And, he eventually dropped Granado’s again, early on in the fifth with the left of the body followed by a left uppercut.
As it became more obvious that the fight was one-sided, Granado’s his own Corner was warning him that they were going to stop the fightm if he didn’t start showing some offense. He tried to, but Garcia was ready, landing two or three big combinations early on in the 7th round. The last one had Granados staggered along the ropes, and referee Tom Taylor stopped the fight.
It was the first time in Granados’ career that he had been stopped, he’s now 20-7-2.
With the win Garcia improved to 35-2 with 21 Kos and hopes to get a crack at either Porter in a rematch or potentially down the road, rematch, Keith Thurman who defeated him in March of 2017. Those are the only two blemishes on his career, which includes numerous Junior Lightweight Championship victories and also winning the WBC Welterweight Title from Robert Guerrero in January of 2016.
The 31-year old Garcia eventually got to 33 – 0 before Thurman defeated him, and had lost two of his last three fights coming into Saturday night.
The final Fox PBC punch stats showed Garcia out-landed Granados 159-79, as he won easily and leaped up on the ropes saying to the Fox TV camera, “I’m baaaaack.”