Boxing made its return to prime-time on Saturday night.
DeSean Jackson, now a Washington Redskin, made a triumphant return to the Philadelphia area and dropped 45 points on his pal’s team, LeSean McCoy, during McCoy’s charity basketball game Saturday.
Danny Garcia flickers into the spotlight more often these days. The North Philadelphia fighter should. He’s earned the right. “Swift” is the junior welterweight world champion and the heir apparent to the legendary Bernard Hopkins to uphold the mantle of Philly fighters.
Light heavyweight champion boxer Bernard Hopkins and undefeated junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia assisted with the proceedings.
It’s a perfunctory boxing ritual that can’t be helped. Danny Garcia’s victory over Lucas Matthysse was barely an hour old when talk of his next opponent was broached.
The MGM Grand is bristling with activity. Media from all over the world fill rows of the press room, and they’re all waiting for the kid from Philly whose name was once bypassed after he won amateur tournaments.
Garcia remained undefeated, 26-0, with 16 knockouts, and retained his RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight titles in beating Zab Judah by unanimous decision Saturday night before more than 13,000 at Barclays Center.
Garcia, 25-0 (16 KOs), made his second successful title defense, while the loss marked the second-straight setback from Garcia for Morales, 52-8 (36).
Danny Garcia’s most significant victory as a professional is still fresh in his mind. Yet the world junior welterweight champion from North Philadelphia wonders what he really learned from smashing Amir Khan in four rounds at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on July 14.