GARCIA vs. RIOS: Not a Cherry But a Wildberry

 Life and prizefights are like the box of chocolates Forrest Gump spoke affectionately of; you never know what you’re going to get. A schooling, a track meet, a slug fest, an execution. There’s a myriad of possibilities. When Danny “Swift” Garcia meets Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios this Saturday, February 17th, expect pockets of fireworks contained in a mostly one-sided bout. An entertaining mismatch, if you will.  

Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime Championship Boxing broadcasts live from Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada (9PM CST), where even the healthiest appetite for fistic violence should be stimulated this night.

Rios (34-3-1, 25 KO’s) is never in a dull fight. His machismo, cajones, toughness, chin and virtually non-existent defense guarantees as much. If ever a fighter was too brave for his own good, it’s Brandon Rios. The next time “Bam Bam” blocks, ducks or otherwise evades an incoming shot will pretty much be the first. That said, he’s gotten the most out of Pugilistic gifts, winning versions of world title belts at 135 pounds, 140, and the universal respect of contemporary fighters and fans alike. Simply put, he brings it!

Rios’ 2010 win over Anthony Peterson put him on the map as a pro, and he came out on the favorable end of a memorable trilogy of action fights with Mike Alvarado. Decisive losses to Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley did nothing to diminish Brandon as a warrior worth seeing, as evidenced by main event status on Saturday’s televised card. That said, while Brandon Rios is once again onstage, his presumed role is to make Danny Garcia look good, coming off the first loss of his career.  

This time last year, Garcia’s (33-1, 19 KO’s) “O” was firmly intact, until losing his WBC welterweight strap in a unification battle with WBA champ, Keith “One Time” Thurman. Prior to then, Danny was recognized as the man at Jr. welterweight, on the strength of unanimously outpointing Lucas Matthysse. That affair was considered a bit of an upset, as was Garcia’s knockout of Amir Khan, in 2012. Truth is, Danny fights to the level of his opposition; he looks elite against elite fighters and average against average fighters.

Garcia personifies the jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none characterization. Danny’s well-rounded in every boxing capacity, while being one that’ll never “wow’ anybody in any fistic regard either. He’s a skilled, accomplished, aggressive fighter with a good chin, who can hurt any man he hits with a flush left hook. The native Philadelphian pouted for months, still feels like he won, yet wants to put the Thurman loss behind him. Brandon Rios is the perfect foil.

Garcia’s rarely in an easy fight, while Rios is never in a boring one. Danny’s superior pedigree will be glaring from the outset and his shots will find Rios with ease, but “Bam Bam’s” heart will shine thru in spurts. Painfully, reality will set in and Garcia will dispose of Rios in 8-9 rounds max.

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