THIS year is poised to be a big one for Danny Garcia. The former two-weight world champion is being talked up as a possible opponent for Errol Spence Jnr – who is on the road to recovery after a serious car accident – and the legendary Manny Pacquiao. This Saturday (January 25), the Philadelphian takes part in an eliminator for the WBC welterweight belt – one of two world titles at 147lbs that are currently owned by Spence. If Garcia wants to make the Spence or Pacquiao bouts a reality, he must first get past Los Angeles-based Ukrainian Ivan Redkach at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Considering that Spence and Pacquiao are both southpaws, Redkach is a convenient rival for Garcia, as he too is a portsider. If this clash does prove to be a warm-up ahead of a meeting with Spence or Pacquiao, getting some rounds in with a left-hander will prove useful preparation for “Swift”.
Back in mid-2015, Redkach was being touted as someone who could potentially establish himself at world level. However, a fourth-frame stoppage loss to pocket rocket Dejan Zlaticanin hit him hard – he won only two of his next six outings. A split draw with Luis Cruz was disappointing, while points defeats to Tevin Farmer (unanimous) and Argenis Mendez (split) highlighted his struggles against accomplished technical boxers. When veteran gunslinger John Molina Jnr knocked him out in four rounds in December 2017, Redkach’s career was at its lowest ebb.