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Danny Garcia-Brandon Rios, Benavidez-Gavril II Eyed For 2/17

By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com has been advised that a deal is nearly complete for a Las Vegas doubleheader on February 17th.

In the main event, former two division champion Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) will finally make his return to the ring, against another former champion, Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs).

Garcia, 29 years old, has been out of the ring since March of this year, when he lost a close twelve round split decision to Keith Thurman in their highly anticipated welterweight unification clash at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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The World Boxing Council was looking order a final world title eliminator between Garcia and Shawn Porter, but it never went down after Garcia's team had little interest. Porter would go on to beat Adrien Granados to secure a rematch with Thurman in 2018.

Rios, only 31 years old, officially ended a short-lived retirement in June when he knocked out Aaron Herrera in seven rounds.

He announced his retirement following a knockout loss to Timothy Bradley in November of 2015, but then changed his mind shortly after. However, Rios' ring return was delayed as he made several big changes in his career - like parting ways with longtime promoter Top Rank and longtime trainer Robert Garcia.

The other part of the doubleheader, is the rematch between WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez and challenger Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs).

In September, Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) got off the floor in the twelfth and final round to win a close twelve round split decision over Gavril to win the vacant WBC title at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.

There was some controversy in the aftermath, as the contest was very close but there were two wide scorecards (117-111, 116-111) in favor of Benavidez. The third judge had it 116-111 for Gavril.

The WBC wants to see Benavidez and Gavril do it again, and they are going to do it again.

Both the MGM Grand and the Mandalay Bay are being under consideration as potential venues to host the card. Garcia has fought several times in both venues. And Rios headlined two events at the Mandalay Bay.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IMDAZED on 12-18-2017

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;18345940]Well then you'll have to dismiss about 95% of all posts on here going by your standards. It doesn't change the fact that Garcia/Rios is a mismatch and PBC lost a half a billion putting on these sort of matches.…

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 12-18-2017

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;18345922]Doesn't change the fact that...you don't know. And the rest of your prior post was speculative as well. So as I was saying, you can't say he is living off Khan & Matthysse when he fought Thurman last year. Trying…

Comment by IMDAZED on 12-18-2017

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;18345906]Danny Garcia says otherwise. He said he was offered between $3-$4 million and declined the offer. Even if Arum never add the offer Danny still went on record declining the fight for twice his biggest payday ever. Like I said,…

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 12-18-2017

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;18345836]Arum says he never made that offer BTW. And much of what you're saying is speculation. The bottom line is, he fought Thurman. So we can't pretend to overlook that for whatever reason we decide is fact.[/QUOTE] Danny Garcia says…

Comment by IMDAZED on 12-18-2017

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;18345719]He didn't have much choice. Haymon lost $500M and could no longer get out of the red putting on mismatches. He was forced to start making compelling fights. Danny also turned down $4M to fight Pac so he could fight…

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