Danny Garcia vs Brandon Rios

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Danny Garcia vs Brandon Rios
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Date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Location: 
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
147
Titles at Stake: 
Eliminator for the WBC Welterweight World Title
Referee: 
Kenny Bayless

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Former light welterweight, and welterweight world champion, Danny Garcia, takes on former lightweight world champion, Brandon Rios. Garcia bounces back from a tight defeat to Keith Thurman, 11 months earlier, whilst Rios, having boxed once, since his latest defeat, a defeat which very briefly pushed him into retirement, though the promises he is taking the sport extremely seriously, and his trainer, Robert Garcia backs this up.

Rios is an underdog, but that does not discourage him from beginning the fight as the aggressor, jumping on the front foot, trying to take the fight to the favourite, demand his respect.

It is clear that we see a better Rios than we've seen in years, his output is high, he's focused, and he has a game plan. Despite Rios's relentlessness, it is Garcia who lands with the powerful, clean scoring shots through the first couple of rounds, as his defence, timing serves him well.

Rios surprises many fans in rounds 3 when he has more success, lands a clean right hand bang on the chin of Garcia, easily soaking up big shots from the younger fighter, and sustaining his high paced pressure. Rios continues to pour forward in rounds 4 and 5, he is able to make it tough for Garcia, but Garcia is the one who uses good defence to discount some activity on the other side, and it is him who lands the clean, solid counters on a brave, very well prepared Rios.

Having thrown a lot of punches, and taken a lot of crushing blows, Rios is far from finished as he has some great success against Garcia in round 6, attacking the body, showing some defence himself, and landing a couple of eye catching punches.

Enduring a mini crisis, Danny Garcia proves his toughness, adaptability as he makes Rios's rally, short lived, punishing a tiring Rios, using his skill, and boxing with aggressive, but also controlled tactics. Rios continues to plough forward in the scheduled second half, is not hurt, but is hit with some massive punches, takes a lot of punishment, and seems to be fading.

Garcia finishes the fight in the ninth, in fine form, landing a devastating right hand, timed and executed perfectly, sending Rios down like a ton of bricks and landing on his back. Bravely, on warrior instinct, Rios rises up, as the referee, much to the dislike of some who know it is over, counts, but Rios is edging out the battle of being able to stand up, and Kenny Bayless does the right thing, a second before Robert Garcia appears, trying to stop the fight himself, concerned for the safety of his fighter.

Though competitive for most part, before the stoppage, overall, it was not a close fight, as Garcia was in a handy lead on all 3 scorecards, 78-74 on one scorecard, 79-73, on the other.

Rios loses, but gains a lot of respect from the boxing world, Garcia, a former champion who proves he may well become a champion again, having made a great statement, has a harsh message for the cowardly critics of Brandon Rios, as he defends his brave opponent at the post fight press conference, Rios also, commended by the outspoken father of Danny Garcia, which makes it clear how much respect Rios managed to gain from his opponent and his team.

After the fight, in the post fight interview, fellow former world champion, also winning at a similar level having lost only narrowly at the top, Shawn Porter, usually very humble, shocks everyone by confronting Garcia, aggravating him, making a fight between himself and Garcia, which was already a popular potential fight, even more interesting, fan friendly, and an even stronger possibility for the future, with them both being roughly the same distance from another world title shot, each with a lot to gain from victory over the other.




Fan Cards: Danny Garcia vs Brandon Rios


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
78
BRANDON RIOS
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
74


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
80
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
72


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
79
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
73


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
77
BRANDON RIOS
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
75


scorecard by BOXING PURIST
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
79
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
73


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
78
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
74


scorecard by PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
79
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
73


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
78
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
74


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
78
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
74


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
78
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
74


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
79
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
73


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
79
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
73


scorecard by TJK146114
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DANNY GARCIA
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
78
BRANDON RIOS
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
74


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I think this is a very good match up.
I've been suggesting this as a good potential fight, for years.

This is an interesting one, it also has the makings of an action packed fight, which gives it entertainment value.
I would like to say this is a 50/50 fight, I'm wouldn't say it is, but both these guys I think really want to win, both have trained very hard, both have made weight, both these guys are former world champions, both warriors who have proven in the past that they can fight, by that logic, either fighter can win.

Garcia is the heavy favourite, and that is understandable I think even for the hardcore Rios fans. Garcia, for three reasons, is the fighter I predict to win.
- Garcia is 2 years younger than Rios
- Neither of these guys are real welterweights, but Rios less so, Garcia was a world champion, at 140, Rios, at 135, Rios has competed at 130 before, and when he's competed at 147 in the past, he hasn't carried the extra weight so well, Garcia's career lightest weight, is 12 lbs more than Rios's career lightest weight
- I just think in terms of talent, calibre, Garcia is just a notch up from Rios, Rios has been thoroughly beaten a couple of times, defeated anyhow, a few times, Garcia, only defeated once, in a close fight, and Garcia, with more world title wins, and really the better victories I think

Rios has got a shot at this, he is an underdog, but there is a chance that he wants to win this fight, ever so slightly more than Garcia does, that may not be the case, but we do not know what defeat to Thurman has done to Garcia's desire and confidence. Rios has been extremely motivated, determined to accomplish in boxing, for a couple of years. Garcia coming off the longer break than Rios, it has been 11 months since he lost to Keith Thurman, Rios, last fought 8 months ago, a good, solid win against a tough Mexican, he stopped his opponent in 7 rounds, it wasn't the best performance, but it was a good way to get rid of some ring rust.

I do not think Rios is as faded as people think, in fact, I don't want to say he is even past his best at all, if is hard to deny he might be, because of the tough losses to Pacquiao, Bradley, Alvarado, but I don't think they took as much out of him as some people think, and although he is not a true welterweight, and he never will be, he is fantastic shape, he has been training for a long time, he has never trained this hard in his life, he used to cut corners when he was a younger fighter, he doesn't do that now, and at 31, not 35, he might still have a little bit left in the tank, because maturity, desire, experience, sometimes, can help fighters in their early thirties to box well in tough fights, and hold up the point when age becomes a serious issue.

I'd say Rios has maybe a 15% chance of pulling this out, I wish him the best of luck, he is a threat, but to win, I just think he needs a troubled Garcia in the ring, maybe he needs Garcia to be confronted by psychological struggles in the ring, if this is case, he is certainly not out of this fight, and interestingly, team Garcia, are definitely underestimating Rios, I wonder how that could cost them.

I think if Garcia is still part of the top 5 in the 147 lb division, he has to win this fight, it certainly wouldn't be bad for him to win well, but winning is important, the pressure is on him here, we are expecting him deliver, but Rios won't be easy.

I think both guys will try to claim centre ring, early, meet in the middle, trade in close. Rios is going to want to stamp some authority as the boss in there, early, and I think he might edge out the first couple of rounds, that overhand right I can see landing cleanly a couple of times, Garcia as well, often a slow starter, he often doesn't begin fights with the work rate, movement, speed.

I think through rounds 3-6, Garcia will begin to time Rios, land on the counter, but still, outworked. I think the pace will only get higher through the early mid rounds, and it will be taxing for both fighters.

I think Garcia will look to be taking over in round 7, having chopped away at the body with some nasty hooks, ready to push back a tiring Rios. I think Rios will come out in the next round, seem maybe to hurt Garcia slightly, but running a mile just to win a round, and Garcia, happy to let Rios fatigue himself. I think Garcia will put Rios on the deck in the next round, with a fantastic set up, and a great counter, Rios will get up, but Garcia will nail him with a series of clean, flush, unanswered blows in the following up, prompting the referee to call a halt to the bout.

Champion97's picture

Tale of the tape

Garcia
Height: 174
Reach: 174
Age: 29
Career heaviest weight: 147
Career lightest weight: 139
Fights: 34
Wins: 33
Year of debut: 2007
Activity rate (2016-present): 3 fights
Best win (opinionated): Lucas Matthysse (September 2013, UD)
World title contests: 8
KO percentage: 56
Amateur record: 120 bouts
Decision wins: 14
Disputed decision wins: 4

Rios
Height: 173
Reach: 173
Age: 31
Career heaviest weight: 147
Career lightest weight: 127
Fights: 38
Wins: 34
Year of debut: 2004
Activity rate (2016-present): 1 fight
Best win (opinionated): Richard Abril (April 2012, SD)
World title contests: 3
KO percentage: 66
Amateur record: 375 bouts
Decision wins: 7
Disputed decision wins: 3

Best opponents between them (opinionated).

1. Keith Thurman (Garcia lost, SD)
2. Manny Pacquiao (Rios lost, UD)
3. Richard Abril (Rios won, SD)
4. Amir Khan (Garcia won, TKO 4)
5. Tim Bradley (Rios lost, TKO 9)
6. Lucas Matthysse (Garcia won, UD)
7. Diego Chaves (Rios won, Dq)
8. Miguel Acosta (Rios won, TKO 10)
9. Lamont Peterson (Garcia won, MD)
10. Robert Guerrero (Garcia won, UD)

Champion97's picture

What an effort from Rios, but that finish from Garcia was class.
Garcia struggled in this fight, but he found a way to win, and he put his opponent flat on his back, he deserves credit.

I would love to see Shawn Porter vs Danny Garcia, I think that is a more or less dead even 50/50 fight, both lost to Keith Thurman, close decisions, both have a few impressive wins, both are really good fighters in different ways, it has the makings of a really interesting fight.

Boxing Purist's picture

Rios made it entertaining, but Garcia looked good and crispy.