Undefeated 25 year old junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia has been waiting for his next fight for quite sometime and finally his wait is over.
Garcia’s last fight was in September, a victory of highly touted Lucas Matthysse, which unified his championship and legitimized him as the #1 junior welterweight in the world.
Since then fights have been tough to come by but Danny has inked a deal that he’s been waiting on for a long time.
“Danny has talked to me for the last year and a half, saying, ‘We have to look at doing one of my fights in Puerto Rico.’ This is something he really wanted so, finally, I felt that this was a great opportunity for Danny to go to Puerto Rico and defend his title.”
“I am sure Puerto Rico will welcome him with open arms. He wants to represent the U.S. and Puerto Rico, given the heritage that he has. I am very happy to be able to fulfill his dream to bring him to the island and have him fight there.” – Golden Boy Promotions Chief Exec. Richard Schaefer
Both of Garcia’s parents are from the island of Puerto Rico and even though he was born in Philadelphia he has a strong tie to the PR community.
Being Puerto Rican myself I understand the appeal this fight has to a fighter such as Garcia. I have close relationships to all of my family members in PR and feel at home every time I visit. The culture is one built upon love and support. Whether you were born on the island or just of Rican decent, the love is the same and the community will rally behind one of their own.
Garcia will fight challenger Mauricio Herrera on March 15 at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. (If anyone is attending the fight make sure you grab a few ‘bacalaitos’ in my honor.)
The fight will be televised on Showtime and be presented by Golden Boy Promotions.