Barclays Center, Brooklyn - On Saturday night, Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) returned for the first time since April if last tear, and won a twelve round unanimous decision over Ivan Redkach (23-5-1, 18 KOs). The scores were 118-110, 117-111, 117-111.
There were no knockdowns in the fight. Garcia was a massive favorite and expected to stop Redkach inside the distance.
The stoppage never came, but Garcia controlled nearly the entire fight and landed the much harder punches over the twelve round distance.
After the fight, Garcia explained that he gained a lot of weight during his layoff - and because of that he needed to lose a lot of weight during training camp.
“I’m not going to lie, I felt good, but I didn’t feel my best. I did lose a lot of weight for this fight, so maybe that played a factor. From a long layoff, and just losing so much weight. I lost about 25 pounds in eight weeks," Garcia said.
“I promised myself that I'm going to stay in the gym now and stay in shape. I felt regular, but then when I got on the scale a few weeks ago, I was like ‘woah.’ So maybe that played a factor, maybe it didn’t. I make no excuses. I didn’t feel my best, but I felt good.”
As far as Redkach, he says Garcia never seriously hurt him during the contest, and he intends to come back stronger.
"This was very good experience for me,” said Redkach.
“He never had me hurt and I was able to learn a lot. I'm thankful to be in this position that my team put me in and I'm going to keep growing from here. I'm going to get back in the gym and get stronger and better. I'm thankful for the experience against Danny Garcia. I'm going to be back and be much better."