Former welterweight champion
Former welterweight champion Danny Garcia will make his super welterweight debut against Jose Benavidez at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The fight will be contested over 12 rounds and will take place during the early hours of Sunday morning.
Garcia, a former unified junior welterweight champion and former WBC welterweight titlist, was beaten by current three-belt 147-pound star Errol Spence Jr when last seen in December 2020, but looks to a new division and fresh set of opponents now.
Despite the 19-month layoff, Garcia is 1/8 to get the better of Benavidez, who is a former welterweight title challenger and 9/2 to spoil the party.
For Garcia, Benavidez, who is an 11-time national champion and made his pro debut in 2010, is expected to be nothing more than a stepping stone towards a crack at a title fight.
Danny Garcia vs Jose Benavidez
Barclays Center, Brooklyn
03:00, Sunday 31st July 2022
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Live on Showtime, which can be streamed via Amazon Fire TV
Danny Garcia 1/8, Jose Benavidez 9/2
This fight takes place in the early hours of Sunday 31st July.
The fight is expected to start at 03:00 but times are subject to change depending on the length of the undercard.
This bout takes place in a familiar venue for Garcia, which is the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The arena can hold up to 19,000 people and the 34-year-old American has had seven of his 39 career fights staged there.
The Barclays Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Brooklyn and is the home of the Brooklyn Nets, who play basketball in the NBA.
Yes, Garcia vs Benavidez will be shown on Showtime. Viewers can stream Showtime via Amazon Fire TV or Android TV.
Despite making his 154-pound debut, Garcia is a strong favourite at 1/8. Benavidez, who is the brother of the former two-time WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez, is 9/2 to pull off the upset.
No, there are no belts on the line for this fight. Garcia, a seasoned veteran who may well have a Hall of Fame career, is looking to win again after a lengthy dry spell and will be hoping to use Benavidez as a stepping stone for bigger things to come.
Garcia has a 36-3 record, with his last fight against Errol Spence Jr in December 2020 ending in defeat. Of those 36 wins, 21 have been by KO.
The American was 33-0 but has lost three of his last six fights, also going down against Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter.
The 34-year-old beat Amir Khan to retain his WBC light welterweight title in Nevada in 2012 and is expected to take the change in division in his stride here.
Benavidez has a 27-1-1 record, with his last bout against Francisco Emanuel Torres in November of last year ending in a draw. Of those 27 wins, 18 have been by KO.
The Californian had won his first 27 fights before seeing his unbeaten record ended by Terence Crawford in a WBO welterweight title bout in October 2018.
In the ten-round heavyweight co-main event Adam Kownacki goes up against the 2016 Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen, while the ten-round super lightweight contest sees the unbeaten Gary Antuanne Russell face two-division champion Rances Barthelemy.
Also among the Garcia vs Benavidez undercard bouts, Sergiy Derevyanchenko faces Joshua Conley in the ten-rounder at middleweight while LeShawn Rodriguez takes on Ismael Villarreal in the six-rounder at welterweight.