NEW YORK – Danny Garcia talked about wanting Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao next.
Well, he got a little closer on Saturday night, defending Ivan Redkach towards a unanimous decision (118-110, 117-111, 117-111) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Garcia quickly imposed his will and landed by crushing his right hand after crushing his right hand – whether they came by counterattack or direct.
Redkach was clearly no match for Garcia, who came to look at unified middleweight world champion Spence or WBA holder Pacquiao.
"Or (Spence or Pacquiao), any of those fights that I would like to have," Garcia told Showtime during his post-fight interview in the ring. "My style looks great with both fighters."
The two-division world champion's only regret against Redkach? That he did not receive the stoppage.
"I thought the referee would stop this because I felt like I was punishing him," said Garcia. "He's a tough guy, he stayed there, I wanted to get the knockout, but I didn't get it. I feel like it was smart boxing and I feel like this is what I needed after this layoff. I really wanted the bad knockout, but I will accept that. "
Garcia charged in his right hand, including a straight shot that bent Redkach's knees in the seventh round.
When Redkach gestured for Garcia to bring him in during the eighth, "Swift" was forced to pay more penalties. The only pain Redkach could feel was when he inexplicably bit Garcia between his neck and shoulder.
"He bit me. He said 'Mike Tyson' when he bit me," Garcia told Showtime's Jim Gray after his victory. "I said, 'Ref, he bit me.' I thought I needed stitches or something. This is my first time in a fight. Things happen. But I've been in a street fight. before, so I did everything ".
While Garcia's counterattack was effective against Redkach, it remains to be seen whether he can do that and win a victory over Spence or Pacquiao, which can force him to increase his striking volume.
Main co-event: Jarrett Hurd dominates Francisco Santana by unanimous decision
Hurd almost crowned his return to the ring with a knockout.
Although he didn't get the knockout, "Swift" made the decision 97-92, 99-90, 99-90.
Hurd knocked Santana off with an uppercut piercing during the final seconds of the 10th round. When Santana won the count, there was only a second left in the fight and the final bell rang.
Santana was unable to be saved from being on the receiving end of a boxing clinic, however. Hurd (24-1, 16 KOs) established a left jab in the second round and a winding in the right uppercut in the third, and he threw both punches for the dominant victory.
The fight served as Hurd's first fight since he suffered his first professional loss last May against Julian Williams. This defeat was expensive, as Hurd lost his junior world middleweight titles.
With this victory, Hurd must be back in line for a shot to become world champion once again.
Stephen Fulton def. Arnold Khegai by unanimous decision; junior feather weights
Khegai managed to defeat Fulton against the ropes and drop the left hook, but "Cool Boy Steph" was more successful in attracting the Ukrainian fighter to the middle of the ring, where he played with punches and combinations.
When the final bell rang, it was clear that Fulton (18-0, eight KOs) had controlled the distance behind the jab in a dominant enough way to win on the cards of the three judges. The final grades were 116-112, 117-111 and 117-111.
"That's what I do. I use my jab," Fulton told Showtime's Jim Gray after his win. "I tried to use the jab all night and win the fight behind the jab. I showed that I am ready for a world title to follow."