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Showtime Championship Boxing: ‘Garcia vs. Rios’ Preview

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Showtime kicks off their massive Spring schedule with a welterweight eliminator as former three-time world champion Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) returns from an eleventh month layoff and the first lost of his career against former two-time lightweight champion Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs). Rios ended a near two-year retirement when with a knockout win over journeyman Aaron Herrera last June. If Rios has been able to fight Garcia in his prime, about five years ago, he would have been an absolute nightmare for Garcia, but after so many wars, at age 31, does have anything left to challenge Garcia. Garcia, one of my LEAST favorite fighters of all time, has trouble with busy, pressure fighters that crowd him, which Rios was once the best at years ago. But does he have anything left to do it.

The co-main event is a rematch of one of the better fights of 2017 when David Benevidez defends his WBC super-middleweight title against Ronald Gavril. The two clashed for the vacant title in September, where Benevidez built up an early lead before Gavril came back late and dropped Benevidez in the 12th, but the twenty-one-year-old Arizonian got off the canvas and held on for a split decision victory. Rematches are generally never as good as the original, no matter what people tell you, and Benevidez will probably use his better skills to build up an early lead and this time, hold it firmly.

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