Former unified 140-pound king and WBC welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia takes on the dangerous Adrian Granados in what looks to be an exciting welterweight scrap that will headline a PBC fight card on April 20, 2019 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Swift is 34-2 with 20 knockouts. The 31-year old from Philadelphia stands 5-8 ½ with a reach of 68.5 inches while fighting as an orthodox fighter. After starting out his career with 33 consecutive victories, Danny Garcia is just 1-2 in his last three bouts after losing to Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. In his last bout, Garcia got outpointed by the hard-working Porter in a WBC 147-pound title fight.

Garcia is a gifted offensive fighter with plenty of weapons in his arsenal. His main weapon is a vicious left hook that’s dropped many foes in the past. Swift also has the extreme ability to throw counter punches with supreme quickness. Garcia mixes his punches well and dictates the tempo of his fights. He puts pressure on his opponents with his punch volume.

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Granados is 20-6-2 wwith 14 knockouts to his credit. The 29 year old from Illinois is 5-9 tall and has a reach of 74 inches and also fights using the orthodox stance. Like Garcia, Granados is in a funk as he is only 2-2-0-1 SU in his last five bouts although he won his most previous two fights. Granados also lost to Shawn Porter by unanimous decision.

Granados is a tough fighter who has never been knocked out despite getting into brawls. He’s scrappy inside the ring and never gives up. His mentality is always to bring the heat to his opponent despite the odds. He won’t be short-changed or overwhelmed here despite Garcia’s stature because he loves fighting as the underdog.

“Boxing" Who Wins?

This is a crucial fight for Danny Garcia because while he is still 30 years old and still in his prime, he’s dropped the two biggest fights of his career. However, there is no shame in the losses to Thurman and Porter because not only are those two of the top dogs at 147, but also because Garcia was very competitive in both fights. It was just that both Thurman and Porter did a little more than Garcia did. That said, he needs to come back stronger and win this bout.

Skill-wise, there is a huge difference between the two and of course, the advantage goes to Danny Garcia. Granados is scrappy though and that’s why Garcia needs to be careful here because this is an opponent who just doesn’t quit. I won’t say that Granados has a granite chin because he’s been dropped before. But I think Granados will take his chances here because he won’t beat Garcia in a technical boxing match.

Granados should come out as the aggressor here and he will try to bully Garcia. But Danny knows how to win fights and he will use his skills to stay away from harm. Once again, I expect Granados to give a good account of himself. But good is always better than tough. Danny Garcia’s just a much better boxer here and that’s going to be the difference. I’m picking Danny Garcia to beat Adrian Granados on 4/20/19.

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“Boxing" Andy Ruiz Jr vs Alexander Dimitrenko

Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz continues to revive his boxing career after his 2016 loss to Joseph Parker. After taking 2017 off, he fought twice last year and won both bouts. Now, Ruiz is looking to get back to the title picture. The 29 year old American stands 6-2 with a reach of 74 inches and is an orthodox fighter. His record is 31-1 with 20 knockouts.  Ruiz will be matched against 36-year old Alexander Dimitrenko who is huge at 6-7 tall with a reach of 83 inches. But while Dimitrenko is big, he is slow and flat-footed.

Dimitrenko has problems with mobile boxers who have punching power. He doesn’t have the most solid chin because he’s been stopped three times. He does have punching power and works well behind a stiff jab. But he fights at a slower pace and doesn’t have fast hands. He’s fought majority of his career in Germany against B and C level fighters. Ruiz has never been elite either but he’s fought better competition and looks to pack more pop in his punches. If this fight goes the distance too, Ruiz has the better skill set to win it. Dimitrenko should be a nice fight but he won’t be a threat to beat Andy Ruiz Jr. I’m picking Andy Ruiz to beat Alexander Dimitrenko.

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“Boxing" Brandon Figueroa vs Yonfrez Parejo

Brandon Figueroa is the younger brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa. Brandon is 18-0 with 13 knockouts. The 22-year old is 5-8 with a reach of 72 inches while fighting at the orthodox stance. He is on a five fight knockout streak including an impressive third round stoppage of Moises Flores last January.

Parejo is a former interim bantamweight champion and bantamweight title challenger. The 32 year old Venezuelan is 22-3-1 with 11 knockouts. Parejo challenged for the belt and lost to Ryan Burnett in March 2018. He quickly bounced back with a knockout win over Benjamin Mendoza. This should be a good test for the improving Figueroa. The young Figueroa has shown plenty of promise and not only does he have slick boxing skills for a 22 year old, he also packs a nasty punch. Parejo has the edge in experience here but unless he can hurt Figueroa early, I see the younger fighter carrying this fight in the later rounds. Figueroa has the edge hand speed, quickness and power. I’m picking Brandon Figueroa to beat Yonfrez Parejo.

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