Two division world champion, Danny Garcia, will return to the ring in order to square off against former world champion, Brandon Rios, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on February 17th.
Garcia, who returns to the ring after his first career loss at the hands of Keith Thurman, “I’m excited just to get back in the ring, I needed the time off to recuperate and let my body heal.”
“I was the reigning champion for six years, so I needed the rest,” continued Garcia. “I’m ready to kick off the year in style and take over the welterweight division.”
“What’s interesting in this fight with Brandon Rios is our styles. We both like to come forward. This kind of matchup will bring out the best in both of us. I’m excited to be back in Las Vegas. I’ve had some of my best performances and some of my biggest fights there. I beat Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan in Vegas. You fight in Las Vegas, you’re a superstar,” added Garcia.
Rios, known for his aggressive style, has competed against some of the best welterweights in the world and a victory against Garcia would instantly catapult him back into the limelight at 147lbs.
“I’m excited to prove my critics wrong again,” said Rios. “I’m going to bring a ‘Bam Bam’ Rios slugfest to my fans. Danny is a great fighter, but I will beat him just like I have beaten others in the past. I am focused and will make this a classic Mexican-Puerto Rican battle!”