Coming off a controversial loss to Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia (33-1-0) is under a ton of pressure to get back in the win column in 2018. That fight, which went down early in 2017, was the first ever defeat suffered by "Swift." Now he's hungrier than ever for the sweet taste of victory.
For his first fight of the year, the Philadelphia native will compete against former world champion Brandon Rios (34-3-1) on Feb. 17 at Las Vegas' elegant Mandalay Bay Events Center, as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series. The bout airs live on Showtime.
Tickets for this hotly-anticipated contest can be picked up right here on AXS. Who will reign supreme on fight night? Anything can happen once the men step inside the ring. But on paper, at least as far as the tale of the tape goes, this is an evenly-matched affair.
Both men weigh 147 pounds, stand 5'8" and have an orthodox stance. Neither man has a significant advantage in the reach department. The only thing that really stands out is Rios' finishing abilities, as he has put away 25 opponents by way of knockout.
Garcia's finishing rate is slightly less, with 19 knockouts in his 34 appearances. The 29-year-old Garcia is also younger and arguably closer to his prime, as Rios is 31 years old. Another key note is that Rios is coming off a big win. The Texas star looks to build momentum off his explosive knockout of Aaron Herrera. The complete undercard for "Garcia vs. Rios" is expected to be announced in the weeks ahead.