On Saturday night both Danny Garcia and Stephen Fulton were able to secure victories and may have set them self up for big title fights in the near future.
Danny Garcia (36-2-0 21 KO) cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Ivan Redkach (23-5-1 18 KO) in the main event. Garcia use his deft counter punching and speed advantage to frustrate Redkach the entire fight, leaving him with a bloody eye which was checked by the ringside doctors and put the fight on stoppage alert in the later rounds. Redkach is a tough guy with a good chin, and power to boot so Garcia pressed, but not heavily and was unable to stop him. It was a one sided affair, though Redkach landed one attack which surprised Garcia. He bit him in the 8th round. Garcia kept his cool, and the fight continued without incident or deductions but was a weird moment.
This was a tune up fight for Garcia sure, and leads people into the debate as to why? Garcia is a title picture guy so why was he fighting Redkach? After being unable to matchup with Errol Spence Jr thanks to his car accident it seems that Manny Pacquiao (and maybe still Spence) will be next. With rounds in the bank against a decent southpaw, Garcia gave himself some valuable in ring experience, and maybe his lack of push on the gas pedal will convince the prospective opponents and their camps that Garcia is ripe for the beating. It will be Swift’s last chance at a welterweight title before a likely move to 154.
Stephen Fulton (18-0-0 8 KO) had a rumble with Arnold Khegai (16-1-1 10 KO) but “Cool Boy Steph” never broke character. Despite an outboxed Khegai doing his best to make the fight rough and dirty, but Fulton was wizardly. His sharp jab and body punishment helped him nab an impressive unanimous decision in the WBO title eliminator.
Fulton is now in prime position to push for a fight against Emmanuel Navarrete (30-1-0 26 KO) the current WBO champion. He’ll be fighting on the Wilder/Fury 2 undercard and the timing will line up if everything goes to plan.
Getting back to the super welterweight division, Jarrett Hurd (24-1-0 16 KO) get himself back on track against Francisco Santana (25-8-1 12 KO). It was a relatively boring fight, but Hurd was never not in control. He scored a knockdown in the 10th in what was his first fight with a new trainer and after a hellacious bout with Julian Williams. Maybe he was still a tad gun shy, and adjusting to his new minders, but now Hurd will likely jump back into the pool of sharks that is his division. Both Jermell Charlo and Jension Rosario are the title options, and a Julian Williams rematch will always be enticing. There is also Patrick Teixeira was elevated to a full WBO champion after his upset victory over Carlos Adams and former champion Jamie Munguia decided to move up a weight class. He’s seen as vulnerable but wouldn’t be the money fight in the division.
After Jesse Hart stumbled and Julian Williams was stunned the 2020 hopes for new titles rest in the hands of Danny Garcia and Stephen Fulton. Plus Tevin Farmer looks to retain his super featherweight title this month, which has been so far a 50/50 start for the Philly five.