Junior welterweight world champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) can erase the minds of the critics. Removing the thought of the under matched Rod Salka destruction last August 9th. Garcia is a few weeks away from having the Rod Salka taunting possibly stop, which I doubt it ever will. Fight fans can be an unforgiving bunch, but in the case of Garcia-Salka it’s hard to defend.
This will be Garcia’s second non-title fight in a row when he takes on titleholder Lamont Peterson on April 11 in a fight due to take place at 143 pounds. Garcia’s become a bit of an attraction; It’s the only reason I can come up with to justify that he hasn’t made a mandatory defense since September 2013, when he outpointed Lucas Matthysse.
Regardless of what weight it’s at, what we have is a good fight outside of catch weights or title defenses, this is a fight we’ve been waiting for. It is my opinion both men have more to prove to the boxing world than they may think.
Garcia is coming into this fight with the stench of Salka still on his purge mask he wore to the ring on fight night. Peterson on the other hand as been winning but has failed to do so at the top level since his win over Amir Khan that most believed it was controversial at the very least.
Danny Garcia seems to be focused from the looks of this training footage digging uppercuts in preparations for Lamont Peterson. Focused, ready is what he needs to be because the likes of Adrien Broner have started to take an interest in a possible match up with the Philly Based Puerto Rican.
Garcia’s mandatory challenger is Viktor Postol, who several weeks ago agreed to a step-aside deal for which he was paid to wait for the title shot. He is expected to stay busy on the Garcia-Peterson undercard and has no objection to Garcia facing Peterson.
Will Postol even get his shot ? with all the rumblings we’ve heard last year about Garcia wanting to move up to 147 lbs. Nothing is for sure until the fighters are in the ring opposite each other.