Danny Óscar García is an American professional boxer. He has held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the unified WBA, WBC, The Ring magazine and lineal light welterweight titles between 2012 and 2015, and the WBC welterweight title from 2016 to 2017. As of August 2020, he is ranked as the world’s sixth best active welterweight by The Ring, seventh by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and eighth by BoxRec.
García was born in North Philadelphia to a mother from Bayamón, Puerto Rico; and his father Ángel García, originally from Naguabo, Puerto Rico, who was also a boxer. Danny’s father introduced him to boxing, taking him to Philadelphia’s Harrowgate Boxing Club when he was ten years old, which was the minimum age allowed by local law for a minor to train. Ángel has since been Danny’s primary boxing coach. Having been raised in the city with the second-largest Puerto Rican community in the United States, Danny identified with his heritage, stating early in his career the desire to become the “next great Puerto Rican fighter.
García vs. Morales I: It was announced that García would get his first world title opportunity, challenging Mexican legend and Ring Top 10 light welterweight, Érik Morales for the WBC super lightweight championship in another chapter of the infamous Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. The fight took place on March 24, 2012 at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on January 28, but was postponed because Morales had emergency gallbladder surgery. Morales came in two pounds over the contracted limit and was subsequently stripped by the WBC of his title.
García vs. Khan: On 23 May 2012, ESPN announced that García would next fight against the British boxer Amir Khan for the WBA title. At the pre-fight press conference on 4 June, Khan and García’s fathers got into a heated exchange resulting in both fighters promising to knock the other out on 14 July. At the time the fight was announced, WBC were unsure whether to sanction the fight, as García had a mandatory defence due against Ajose Olusegun. The fight was scheduled to take place on 14 July 2012, in Las Vegas. The fight was a title unification bout, as García’s WBC title and Khan’s WBA title were both on the line. Khan entered the fight as a heavy favorite, with betting odds at 1-7 in his favor.
García vs. Morales II: On August 23, 2012 García agreed to fight Ring top 10 light welterweight, Érik Morales in a rematch. The fight was scheduled to take place on October 20, in Brooklyn. On October 19, it was revealed that Morales had tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol. This was part of a random drug test from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. It was said that the card would still take place. García decided to go ahead with the fight, where he would see a career-high $1 million purse. In front of 11,112 at the newly opened Barclays Center.
García vs. Judah: On November 6, Golden Boy Promotions announced a deal had been reached for García to defend his world titles against former two-weigh champion Zab Judah, which the Barclays Center being the front runners to host the event on January 19, 2013. The fight took place on Showtime. On December 1, the official press conference got heated up between Judah and Angel García, after Angel began insulted Judah over his previous losses and performances. Judah eventually stood up and shouted, I have a lot of respect for his father but I won’t be disrespected. On January 29, it was reported that García had suffered a rib injury, pushing the fight back to take place on April 27 instead. Judah was aiming to become the first ever four-time light welterweight world champion.
García vs. Matthysse: García stood firm and fought a mature fight. Matthysse won several of the early rounds, putting heavy pressure on the champion by utilizing speed and punching power. In the middle rounds, Matthysse sustained an injury to his right eye from a García flinch, to which García targeted the eye throughout the remainder of the fight, subsequently taking the lead on the scorecards and closing the challengers eye. In the eleventh round Matthysse landed a punch that knocked out García’s mouthpiece, but García turned the tables and knocked Matthysse down in the 11th round with a four-punch combination.
García vs. Malignaggi: On June 4, 2015 it was announced that García would make his welterweight debut against 34 year old former world champion Paulie Malignaggi at Barclays Center, Brooklyn in a Premier Boxing Champions fight shown on ESPN on August 1. Before a crowd of 7,237, García won the fight with a ninth-round technical knockout at 2:22 of the round. García pushed the pace early, walking through Malignaggi’s jab and firing to the head and body with both hands, particularly the right. Malignaggi was cut above his right eye by the third round and had a large welt beneath the right eye in the sixth, having been bludgeoned by several huge shots from García.
García vs. Guerrero: After holding out for a possible super fight with Floyd Mayweather, García announced his next fight would be against Colombian fringe contender Samuel Vargas at the Liacouras Center in Temple University’s in Philadelphia on November 12. It was said that the fight would be a non-title, 10 round fight and would pave the way for a unification fight with Keith Thurman in 2017. This was the first time García fought in his hometown of Philadelphia since 2010. After dropping Vargas in round 2, the fight became one sided. García eventually forced the referee to stop the fight in round 7 following a barrage of punches which pinned Vargas against the ropes.
García vs. Thurman: On October 25, Showtime announced several fights to take place towards the end of 2016 and early 2017. One of them was the much anticipated welterweight unification fight between García and fellow undefeated welterweight champion Keith Thurman, who holds the WBA title. García defeated journeyman Samuel Vargas in a tune-up fight on November 12, which officially set up the fight for March 4, 2017 at the Barclays Center in New York City. Thurman chose not to have any tune-up and would fight García after a long 9 month rest.