In his first fight in over a year, Danny Garcia re-established himself among elite fighters at 147 pounds by knocking out a game Brandon Rios with one right hand in Round 9 of their Premier Boxing Champions bout at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
If Saturday’s bout was designed as a get-well offering for the former two-division champion Garcia, it was a recharged Rios (34-4-1, 25 KOs) who made him work for it by brawling forward throughout. Rios’ recklessness left him open for counter shots, however, and Garcia made him pay in a big way.
“I felt the ring rust a little bit in the beginning. I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be,” Garcia said. “He’s a good inside fighter and he was giving me some good inside cuts. It was a good nine rounds. He came to fight but I was prepared for it. I came to box, and I did that. I came to bang, and I gave the fans what they wanted with a knockout.”
With the victory, Garcia jumps right back into a crowded 147 pounds championship picture. Errol Spence Jr and Keith Thurman.