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Danny Garcia Aims For July Return, Eyes Spence Showdown

Whenever this current health crisis ends, Danny Garcia is looking forward to the restoration of his stock portfolio and his welterweight championship dreams.

The former two-division titlist is doing his best to remain optimistic on both fronts while quarantined with his family in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. His latest form of entertainment came in joining his longtime girlfriend, Erica Mendez on an Instagram Live video where they discussed a variety of topics—including his own career which he insists will resume July, assuming the rest of the sport is back to its normal schedule by then.

Philadelphia’s Garcia (36-2, 21KOs) revealed that plans remain on course to face unbeaten and unified welterweight titlist Errol Spence (26-0, 21KOs), although whether that coincides with his targeted summertime ring return remains to be seen. A fight between Spence and Desoto, Texas-based Spence was due to take place earlier this year but postponed for reasons unrelated to COVID-19. The two were due to collide in January, only for Spence to sustain injuries from a single car crash last October.

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From there came the backup plan of keeping Garcia active, keeping that same January date as he scored a 12-round decision win over Ivan Redkach.

The idea from there was to revisit the brainstorm of Garcia challenging Spence in an attempt to become a two-time welterweight titlist. That was before the boxing schedule would—and continues to—take a hit, along with every other sporting event and major business around the world.

For now, the targeted timeframe for Garcia to return to the ring is this summer whether versus Spence or in another fight leading to that event. Working in his favor is his current status with the World Boxing Council (WBC), one of two titles in Spence’s possession.

Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the WBC reminded the boxing world of Garcia’s place as mandatory challenger to the sanctioning body’s welterweight title. Spence will already be due to face the winner of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) interim welterweight title fight between Kudratillo Abdukhakarov and Sergey Lipinets, which won’t leave him for much room to face anyone else but Garcia once he’s ready to return to the ring.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by PeasantCrusha on 04-03-2020

[QUOTE=revelated;20491574]Don't see the issue, Crawford wanted to immediately fight Spence after said car accident. Why does Garcia get flack but not Crawford?[/QUOTE] Because haters are still mad that Danny crushed Matthysse and humiliated several other peasants... It bothers the peasants…

Comment by Doubledagger on 04-03-2020

[QUOTE=revelated;20492929]Bro, you just got here. I assure you, the ratio is clearly 90/10 - with about 10% of NSB having open eyes to Crawford's BS. The rest remain blissfully ignorant even when the dude goes on DAZN - which he…

Comment by MASTER OF you on 04-03-2020

[QUOTE=revelated;20492149]No we didn't, we heard (and keep hearing) people on NSB saying Spence is ducking.[/QUOTE] spence is ducking. even before spence wrecked himself he was using all kinds of excuses to not fight crawford! he used the networks as an…

Comment by Curtis2 on 04-02-2020

[QUOTE=Lionbreech;20491865]When you say that Danny Garcia is not legit you show your ignorance about Boxing. Garcia's losses to Thurman and Porter were both close decision losses. He was not hurt in either fight and both were arguably very competitive. If…

Comment by Titodabestever on 04-02-2020

[QUOTE=Lionbreech;20491865]When you say that Danny Garcia is not legit you show your ignorance about Boxing. Garcia's losses to Thurman and Porter were both close decision losses. He was not hurt in either fight and both were arguably very competitive. If…

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