Newly-crowned WBC junior welterweight beltholder, Danny “Swift” Garcia, will be honored and recognized on Monday at 11 a.m. at a special reception in his native Philadelphia with Mayor Michael A. Nutter, co-sponsored by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.
“I’m proud to be another Philadelphia champion, because this is a tough city,” said Garcia a Puerto Rican-American. “I’m ready to make a historic mark as a Philadelphia fighter and make my city proud.”
Garcia, who turned 24 on March 20, dethroned four-division titlewinner, Erik Morales (52-8, 36 KOs) of Mexico, as beltholder following a unanimous decision victory on March 24, dropping Morales in the 11th round during the process.
It was the third straight triumph for Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) over a current or former world titleholder, following consecutive decisions over ex-beltholders Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt in April and October, respectively.
“We are proud to call ‘Swift’ a local hero and role model for our young people,” said Councilman Jones. “We need more champions in our communities who are excelling and realizing spectacular achievements like this.”
Boxing runs in the Garcia family. Garcia’s father and former boxer, Angel Garcia, introduced him to the sport as a youngster and began taking him to Philadelphia’s Harrowgate Boxing Club when he was just 10 years old, the minimum age allowed by local law for a minor to train.
Danny Garcia compiled over one hundred wins as an amateur, and won a U.S. National Amateur crown. In being a professional titlewinner, Garcia follows in the footsteps of RING lightheavyweight champion, Bernard Hopkins, owner of a middleweight record 20 title defenses.
“We are extremely proud of Danny’s accomplishments at such a young age,” said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Garcia. “We know he is going to keep improving and continue to make the great city of Philadelphia and Golden Boy very proud.”
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