Garcia gets heavy

Danny Garcia has the sort of concussive power and all-out action that makes him a promoter’s dream. 

Unbeaten in 30 bouts, including 17 knockouts, Garcia moves up from the light-welter limit of 140 pounds to make his welter debut at 147 pounds on Saturday.  

The recently created Premier Boxing Champions series on ESPN has lived up to expectations so far with exciting pairings, and Garcia facing Paulie Malignaggi at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York is another potential thriller. 

Malignaggi, 34, is a former two-weight-division world champ but is on the slide. Six defeats in 39 bouts and only seven knockouts confirm that he is not a big puncher nor serious threat to Garcia.  

Nevertheless, Malignaggi is extremely brave and not easily beaten. He grew up a few blocks from the venue and will have the majority of the crowd baying for him.  

This is a good introduction to the welters for Garcia, 27, who should not take his opponent lightly because a couple of his recent fights won on points were controversial. In fact, many thought Lamont Peterson did enough in Garcia’s last bout to get the verdict.  

Danny Garcia could be the next welterweight king.

Danny Garcia could be the next welterweight king. – PHOTO: AP