Angel Garcia: Boxing in the Era of Trump

By Rudy Mondragón
Twitter: @boxingintellect

The January 18 press conference for the highly anticipated March 4 showdown between Keith “One Time” Thurman and Danny “Swift” Garcia showed how Trumpism is seeping into the bloodstream of the sweet science. Politics is indeed not separate from the sporting world.

At the press conference, Angel Garica, father and trainer of Danny Garcia, took over by engaging in trash talking and mental warfare against Thurman. This is part of the game. Danny Garcia is not the trash talking type, he does his talking in the ring and often presents himself as a professional in front of the media. This might be why his father does so much of the trash talking, knowing well that it creates a drama that helps promote the spectacle of boxing.


What took place at the press conference was Trumpism rearing its disgusting faces of anti-immigration, jingoism (hyper-patriotism), and sexism. Notice I did not use racism, although that is an additional facet of Trumpism. Many media figures are quick to say that Angel’s use of the N-word (See video below) was a disgusting example of racism. I disagree as the media has not substantially explained why it is an example of racism. For them, it is simply a headline.

Angel’s use of the N-word is more so an example of a light skinned Puerto Rican man from North Philly who has more than likely used the N-word within a cultural context of understanding. For many people I have spoken to over the years, the use of the N-word by Latino peoples is used with an understanding that the word holds a great deal of historical weight. The use of that word is directed at people where mutual love exists. Some have even told me that the word is only used towards people they would be willing to die for and kill for. In other words, the N-word, used within a cultural context of mutual love, understanding, and respect, has a totally different meaning than Angel’s use of it at the press conference.

This is not to say that I excuse Angel’s use of it. Using the word outside its cultural context opens up the meaning of the word for many interpretations, racism being one of them. But its more complex than that. The tone and intention of the way Angel used it was not racist. But his use of it in public promotes a misunderstanding and disregard of the historical use of a word that has been used by white men with racial and economic power during slavery for example. A word that has been historically used as a tool to stigmatize and negatively label black people in relation to white people and white supremacy. It also signals to people that the N-word can be used irresponsibly, ignoring the dark legacy of the word.

Angel’s use of the word in public also impacts and offends black people who do not have a personal connection to the user of the word. Though Angel’s use of the word was not intended to hurt anyone, the impact of that word, outside its cultural context, can have offensive affects on people. That is how powerful that word remains today. I would bet money that Angel would not use that word in a completely new setting with black folks he did not know. The reason for this is it is outside of his cultural context, involving new people that he does not know. The use of the N-word in that new context would be a form of disrespect because there is no mutual bond or connection to the people of that cultural space.

Although I say his use of the N-word was not intended to disrespect Keith Thurman (I would argue “Bitch ass” and “My son gonna fuck you up” intended to disrespect and challenge Keith), a question still remains to be answered. As a bi-racial man who is read as black, what impact did Angel’s use of the N-word have on Keith Thurman? This is an important dynamic that has not been explored.

Trumpism reared its nasty faces in the form of anti-immigration, jingoism (hyper-patriotism), and sexism. When I first met Angel back in 2014, he shared his thoughts on immigrants and boxing. This is something that Angel has been passionate about, the idea that Americans should fight Americans only. This echoes Trump’s philosophy that he recently shared in his inauguration speech: “Buy American and hire American.” Angel Garcia embodied this idea when he said that the only respect he has for his son’s opponent is that he is an American fighter. Ironically, Angel Garcia is of Puerto Rican descent, which has a long colonial history with the US as Puerto Rico remains a colony and unincorporated territory of the US. Despite that imperial legacy, Angel presents himself as a staunch supporter of Trump.

Towards the end of the presser, Angel had this to say:“God bless America. Where Donald Trump at? Come get him. I want to see Trump. Trump, where are you? Make America great again.”Need I say more? To my knowledge, this is the first clear example in 2017 that demonstrates Trump politics entering the sphere of boxing. It is ugly and contradictory of boxing as this sport has historically recruited poor black and brown fighters from all over the world. It is a sport that exploits people and denies them of basic employee benefits. Boxing heads who stand for Trump makes little sense to me. It seems more fitting that boxers would stand United Against Trump.

After Angel’s Donald Trump rant, he finished off by directing some harsh words towards boxing publicist, Kelly Swanson. I’m sure Swanson told Angel to knock it off, that is her job after all. I think it would have been better if Angel had simply ignored her plea, but rather than let it go, Angel directed harsh words towards this woman by saying, “I’ll jack you up!” Actions like this should not be normal and accepted. This is not what it means to be a man. Yet, under the new presidential regime, it does not seem like sexism, patriarchy, and misogyny will be challenged or dismantled (the people will continue these efforts despite Trump’s lack of care and conviction on these serious matters). As recently as this morning, Trump disregarded the powerful Women’s Marches that took place across the nation yesterday. Not to mention Trumps history with male entitlement over women’s bodies and their right to choice. Given these disturbing times, the question of what it means to practice healthy forms of masculinity is critical!

As mentioned earlier, the ideas that Angel Garcia has about immigration and his hyper-patriotism is nothing new. The question I leave readers with is to what extent do the beliefs and words of Donald Trump provide a green light for conservative and hate filled ideas to emerge? In response to his dad’s theatrics, Danny Garcia stated “I’ve heard Trump say Worse!” This may be true, but Angel Garcia nonetheless echoes many of the toxic ideas that we see in Trump.

As a boxing expert, fan, and critic, I also question the art of trash talking. Can trash talking manifest within reason, innovation, and creativity? Riding the curtails of hate speech to inform one’s engagement in mental warfare against one’s opponent is a misuse of a high status platform. The boxing world can do better. I believe it can.

Swift vs The Ghost: Reflections on Latino Politics

By Rudy Mondragon
Twitter: @boxingintellect

On Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 Danny “Swift” Garcia defeated Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero via a 12 round unanimous decision (all three judges had it 116-112). Garcia’s victory earned him the vacant WBC Welterweight title that once belonged to The Best Ever, Floyd Mayweather Jr.


This was a unique match up as these two boxers were both trained by their fathers for this fight. Both fathers have a reputation for being charismatic trash talkers who have contributed to the build up of their son’s previous matches. What was also unique about this match up was that both Danny and Robert are US born fighters who redefine the famous Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. Danny was born in North Philadelphia and Robert was born in Gilroy, California.

Things got heated at the final press conference and weigh in. Leading up to the final presser, interviews with Ruben Guerrero surfaced in which he was commenting on the silence of Angel Garcia as well as questioning Danny Garcia’s Puerto Rican identity. When asked by Martin Gallegos who he thought the Puerto Rican fans would be cheering for come fight night, Ruben responded by saying:

“Well I think they are going for Robert, because this guy don’t even speak a licking word in Puerto Rico bro, like he said he’s not real Puerto Rican. He just says he is, but he’s not! I don’t know what he is. He hasn’t figured that out yet.”

The question of “who will the Puerto Rican fans cheer for?” is a question that stems from building up the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico drama. Ruben’s response contributes to the build up of the spectacle that the media desperately tries to craft by asking questions like this. One interpretation of what Ruben is saying is that he feels Puerto Rican fans will side with his son because Danny Garcia is whitewashed and not Latino enough for Puerto Rican boxing enthusiasts.

Ruben’s response is an unfortunate example of Latina/os policing other Latina/os for their lack of “authenticity.” His response brings up three complex questions to my mind: What makes someone Latina/o? What constitutes “authenticity” when discussing ethnic/cultural/racial identity? and Why is it that Latina/os continue to use the ability to speak the Spanish language as an argument to say you are more/less Latina/o?

At the final press conference this week, Ruben Guerrero also made a comment that dealt with language as being a marker of authentic Latina/oness. As he was delivering his speech at the final presser, Guerrero announced in Spanish that “shit talkers go down” in reference to Angel Garcia. He followed that up by saying that he had to translate that to English because “you (Angel) don’t talk Spanish, Puerto Ricans don’t talk Spanish!”

For Ruben, “authentic” Puerto Rican identity comes down to one’s ability to speak Spanish. I guess for Ruben, it doesn’t matter that Angel is well aware that that Puerto Rico is still a US colony or that Danny identifies as Philly-Rican. Interestingly enough, Ruben Guerrero identifies as Chicano and practices a form of Chicana/o Spanglish. Spanglish, being a constructed language that takes both English and Spanish as a tool to communicate Chicana/o culture, experience, and struggle in a world that privileges colonial languages over indigenous tongues. Language is a way to communicate culture and not an absolute marker of cultural, racial, and ethnic identity.

As a boxing fan and writer, I am well aware that trash talking is used as a strategy to get in the mind of your opponent. Some of the greatest mental game strategist consist of Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali, Fernando Vargas, Ricardo Mayorga, Mike Tyson, Paulie Malignaggi, Bernard Hopkins, amongst many others. Paying attention to the content of the trash talking however, is important as it communicates messages that are reflective of the broader society and social problems that go beyond the boxing realm.

When it comes to Ruben Guerrero, his trash talking game takes on a hyper-masculine approach perpetuating the idea that this world is run by men. His emasculation of Angel Garcia reeks of misogyny. And his policing of Angel and Danny Garcia’s Puerto Rican identity based on one’s ability to speak Spanish is unfortunately a common factor that breaks up the possibilities of Latina/o solidarity. The media plays a huge part in this, but it also takes two to tango.

In closing, I want to again say that I understand that trash talking is part of the boxing game. It is a tool used to mentally throw off your opponent. Trash talking takes creativity and thoughtfulness. Can boxers today be more creative and innovative with their trash talking and find ways to not perpetuate isms (racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, etc.)? It is a challenge that I would like to discuss with anyone in the boxing game, even Ruben Guerrero. As long as he doesn’t say I have “baby nuts” or challenges me to a fight, I am all in for an honest conversation.

Garcia vs Peterson & Lee vs Quillin RECAP

By Rudy Mondragon 

Live from Brooklyn, NBC brought forth two unique fights. In the Peter Quillin and Andy Lee fight, we saw an early start from the one they call Kid Chocolate. Andy Lee weathered the storm after being dropped convincingly in the first round. Although Lee smiled as he got up, his spaghetti legs told another story. He survived, but Quillin kept coming and accurately catching Lee, making his opponent and the many people watching feel the power of a strong middleweight. Lee went down again in the third, but a closer look reveals a smart Quillin stepping on Andy Lee’s foot, which helped him scored the knockdown with another accurate punch.

LEE Choco

The tide began to turn as we entered the middle rounds. Lee appeared to be warm and awaken. He started to box consistently, beating Quillin to the punch and eventually scoring a knockdown in the seventh round. Lee began moving with ease and looked comfortable while Quillin looked confused and regretful to the fact that he did not try to end the fight earlier.

The judges ended up scoring this fight a draw:

Guido Cavalleri 112-113 | judge: Glenn Feldman 113-113 | judge: Eric Marlinski 113-112

Can’t disagree with the call. Quillin, being the A-Side fighter, did not do enough in the second half to control the fight. Lee’s longer reach proved to be the difference as he controlled the range and kept Kid Chocolate at a safe distance. Had Lee not been dropped in the third round, this fight could have easily been his.

Let’s not forget that Kid Chocolate did not make weight. Shame on him for not taking advantage of the extra pounds as well as failing to make an argument that he deserved a high profile main event fight. A draw does not cut it in the sport. Although these two fought to a draw, can’t deny that these two put on a great show. The fans who tuned in were the real winners tonight.

The main event had to follow up an exciting match. Realistically speaking, the first half of the Danny Garcia vs Lamont Peterson fight appeared to be uneventful. Garcia missed constantly and Peterson moved too much. Although Garcia barely connected, the mere fact that he was the busier of the two won Danny most of the early rounds.


As the fight went on however, I noticed something. Lamont Peterson did not study the Mauricio Herrera vs. Danny Garcia fight. He studied the Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia fight. The only difference was that Lamont played it real safe in the early rounds, protecting himself from an early knockdown or knockout.

After the first half of the fight, Peterson took his game to another level. He was beating Garcia to the punch. He was making Garcia look silly with wide haymaker misses. Garcia also looked tired, his punches did not have enough gusto as they would have earlier in the fight. Peterson’s plan was working. It was a smart plan since Peterson lacks power. With his saved up energy, Peterson was collecting points and taking more risks knowing that Garcia’s punches did not have much steam left. Peterson was able to reduce the Garcia threat and make a run for the win.

Unfortunately for Peterson, he turned it up two rounds too late. The judges gave the fight to Danny:

judge: Don Ackerman 114-114 | judge: Kevin Morgan 115-113 | judge: Steve Weisfeld 115-113

To beat the champion, you got to take it from the champion. Lamont didn’t do that. He did however, execute a game plan that was risky and he followed through with it till the end. That is respectable because it shows how much intellectual work Peterson and his team did prior to this fight.

It is tough when you are the B-Side fighter. Peterson was hand picked because the powers that be thought he was a beatable fighter that Danny Garcia could look good against and annihilate. Peterson disrupted those plans. What he lacked in the power department, he made up for it with his ring generalship, good defense, mentally outworking Danny, and drawing blood.

When you look at this fight from start to finish, you can appreciate Peterson’s effort. Danny has been exposed again. Boxer’s are taking note. Danny is a fighter who sits down on his punches and telegraphs them. If you time Danny, outwork Danny, neutralize his power, and get him in the later rounds, he is yours for the taking.

Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia: A Visit to North Philly [Photos]

By Rudy Mondragon 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has a rich boxing history. It is home to some of the rawest fighters the boxing scene has ever seen. From the hard punching Bennie Briscoe to hall of famers like Joey Giardello and Philly’s forever Heavyweight Champion, Joe Frazier. The list of old timers and modern day fighters from Philly can make for hours of bar conversations. One can’t forget Julio Cesar Chavez’s toughest fight during his undefeated hot streak was against North Philly’s  Meldrick “The Kid” Taylor. And as all boxing heads know, the current fighter and future hall of famer who put Oscar De La Hoya down with that nasty body punch is North Philly’s own, Bernard “The Executioner and Alien” Hopkins.

In a recent trip to Philadelphia, my vision was to take in this rich history. With stops to the  Blue Horizon, the Rocky Statue and Steps, the Joey Giardello Statue, Italian Market, and Pat’s Cheesestakes, I was on a mission to experience Philly boxing culture. A necessary step in doing this was visiting Danny “Swift” Garcia’s gym. With the help of John Disanto, founder of and my new friend, I was given the needed information to make my way north.

The area was industrial and had the vibe of a blue collar, hard working-class neighborhood. The gym was located in a decent sized lot with a few humble signs, making it difficult for me to spot at first. I parked and worked my way towards the gym, in hopes that the Champ and his father, Angel Garcia, would be at the gym.
DSG EntranceAt first glance, the building did not appear to house a gym. There was a body shop, a car wash station, and a barbershop. My initial instinct was to head into the barbershop and talk boxing with the community. I was reminded of the scene from “Coming to America” and that reflection confirmed that I go in there to get an idea as to whether Danny and his team would be making an appearance.

I walked into the barbershop and it felt like home. It reminded me of the neighborhood barbershops I would visit when I was growing up in South Gate, California. The major difference here was the connection to Danny Garcia and the boxing world. I sat down with Steve, a young brother who has close ties to Danny. He hooked me up with a clean tapper and shared how Danny Garcia opened up the barbershop as a side hustle to create jobs for his immediate community. Rather than having a passive entourage as most boxing celebrities do, Danny’s barbershop provides the barbers a way to sustain themselves and maintain close relationships with the champion.

I shared with Steve that I made the trip all the way from Seattle, Washington and was excited to meet Angel and Danny. Steve’s response to that was, “there goes Angel right there!” I looked up and there was Angel, the high energy and hardcore trash talking father and trainer to his son, Danny Garcia. Respectfully and humbly, I greeted the man and he walked over. He asked me if I was being taken care of and if I was having a good experience. To that I said “absolutely, Steve is hooking me up and I am looking forward to checking your son if at all possible.” Angel said it most definitely was and told me to enjoy the rest of my cut. The best way to remember that moment was with a picture, which Steve and Angel agreed to.

DSG Barber

The next stop was the gym itself, which was located all the way in the back of the building. Close to the entrance was Danny’s personal parking spot. It was car less at the moment of arrival, signaling to me that Danny had not yet arrived.  This bought me some time to check the inside of the gym and gain an appreciation for the aesthetic nature of the place.

DSG Parking Spot

Entering the backside of the building was transformational. After having checked the barbershop, the body shop, and car wash, the back of the building took on a new life. The gym communicated love, respect, and appreciation for Philly boxing history as well as Puerto Rican boxing legends. The first art piece as I walked in was a juxtaposed frame of Danny Garcia and the late Hector “Macho” Camacho. For boxing heads, knowing about Macho is important. He is the man who stepped into the ring against some of the biggest names in boxing: Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vinny Paz and others. Hanging over head were old boxing gloves, similar to the neighborhood where you would see old sneakers hanging by the laces. Those gloves, I am sure, have a story and symbolize something deep. Most striking about the gym however was Danny’s WBC Jr Welterweight championship belt on display for all to see. It communicates to the people that Danny won that belt with his team and the support of his fans. Those lucky enough to come visit the gym can see this symbol of greatness first hand and up close.

DSG with Legend

DSG Glove

DSG Gym Mural



By the time I had finished taking it all in, Danny had arrived and was warming up and wrapping up for a five round sparring session. He was scheduled to get into the ring with young and hungry super featherweight contender, Omar Douglas (12-0, 9 KOs). Prior to the start of the sparring session, Angel Garcia approached me and asked if I wanted to meet his son. My response was most definitely, but only if it was cool with the champ. After all, this is his work place, his office, the place where he sharpens his blade and works on his craft. Angel said it was no problem and I was allowed beyond the “DO NOT PASS” gate. DSG Gate

Danny was in work mode. Quiet, focused, serious, reserved, composed, and ready to enter the ring to spar against Omar Douglas, a man who was being paid to fight Danny in preparation for his August 9, 2014 showdown against Rod Salka. Danny’s vibe was appreciative that I came to visit and he showed love for a fan. I appreciated Danny as he appeared to do a great job balancing the many roles he was playing at that moment. At that moment, Danny was a family man as he was training with his father and in the presence of his sisters. He was a fighter, about to step in the ring and spar. He was a public figure, greeting his fans and posing for pictures. He was a mentor, as many youth were working out in the gym looking up to the champion. A balancing act that not many can do, let alone do it well. That is why Danny is the professional in this game.

DSG and Me

Omar Douglas and Me

Danny Garcia is in a good place. The property he and his father own is alive and well with potential growth. The size of the gym and the resources in there have been enough to prepare the young champion to defend his title five times now. The beauty of the situation Danny is in, much like the physical property, is that there is much room for growth. Danny is still hungry and working his way up to a new weight division. This could bring him a future showdown with boxing’s king, Floyd Mayweather. Danny has great mentorship as Bernard Hopkins chooses to train at Danny’s gym. This means Bernard is available and accessible to talk with, providing Danny with an opportunity to absorb all the boxing wisdom Bernard has to offer.

Before I close this out, it is worth mentioning that Danny and his father are also trying to build a record label. Boxing gym, barbershop, car wash, body shop, and recording studio all in one building!  Angel said that the music industry has been a challenge for the two of them as they are trying to figure out the politics and nature of the music game. Nonetheless Angel said that they will figure it out and find a way to be successful. Like boxing, there is no easy hustle. One always has to work at it and if you get knocked down, know that it is part of the game, the true test is if one can get up and keep fighting.

DSG Recording Studio

Where’s the BluePrint?


By Rudy Mondragon

On September 14, 2013 Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) took on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) in a match titled “The One.” It was the main event on a card that I believed would not be as fun and exciting as the undercard fight that included Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia. I was wrong. The match between Canelo and Mayweather was a chess match. It was professor versus student. Canelo came in with a game plan, but quickly realized the speed of Mayweather was superior to any previous opponent he has faced. At times, you could see Mayweather thinking in the ring.

The first two rounds were fought as expected. Mayweather was reading, studying and processing in his mind the necessary adjustments need to apply against Canelo. Mayweather started more aggressive that past fights, appearing to make a statement and let Canelo know Mayweather would control the fight. He used his jab and Canelo’s stationary head was an easy target. Canelo was trying to impose his size and power, as he appeared the (way) bigger fighter. The window of opportunity to make something happen in the first two rounds as Mayweather studied you came and went. Canelo was not successful, with the exception of a couple of body shots that electrified everyone except Mayweather.

In rounds 3-5 both fighters started to warm up. Mayweather was staying in the pocket and exchanging short counters and connecting. Canelo was looking for the body but was having little success as Mayweather would use the entire ring to create space between him and Canelo.

Canelo’s corner urged him to pick up the speed and attack more. At this point, Floyd was up on the cards and in control of the fight. However, the window of opportunity for Canelo was still alive. If Canelo could connect a solid hook on Mayweather, it could have changed the fights momentum to favor Saul. That window also came and went as Canelo was throwing and missing and getting countered. All the rights landed by Mayweather resulted in a cut and bruising underneath the left eye of Canelo.

Before the championship rounds, Canelo manifested his young age. Although a mature 23 year old, Canelo began to fatigue mentally as he had a Victor Ortiz moment. Frustrated by the signature Mayweather elbows and holding, Canelo engaged in a clench with Money and lifted his shoulder in an attempt to hit Mayweather’s jaw. The veteran referee Kenny Bayless caught it and warned Canelo.

With mental and physical fatigue setting in, Canelo was still searching for openings and gaps where he could catch Mayweather. The championship rounds showed a determined Canelo who refused to give up. Mayweather, meanwhile, used the entire ring to move away from Canelo, throw counter shots, and basically secure the win.

The fight went to the score cards and it was announced that it was a majority decision. This was very problematic as Mayweather clearly dominated at least 7 of the 12 rounds. He was clearly in control and Canelo was not successful in establishing any kind of offense, let alone dominance. CJ Ross, who also called the Bradley/Pacquiao fight in favor of Bradley scored last nights fight 114-114. Not sure what fight CJ was watching, but that was straight ridiculous. The other two scores were legit though:

judge: Dave Moretti 116-112 | judge: C.J. Ross 114-114 | judge: Craig Metcalfe 117-111

“I’m a little shocked at whoever (CJ Ross) had him on the cards. Everything is a learning experience. I want to thank everyone who came out to support me and support Canelo. Canelo is a young strong champion. Mexico has produced some great champions. He can take a loss and bounce back,” Mayweather said after the fight.

“Simply I couldn’t catch him. He’s a very elusive and intelligent fighter and I couldn’t find him. Yes, he’s a smart fighter. He has a lot of experience and elusive. I simply didn’t know how to get him, ” said Saul after the fight.

Where was the blueprint? Oscar De La Hoya’s claim to have the formula, pulled out of the vault, was non-existent tonight. As I mentioned in my prediction, it was important for Canelo to fully ignore any piece of advice Oscar De La Hoya gave Canelo. I don’t think Canelo took any of it, but I do think it confused the hell out of Canelo. Canelo is a great champion, but the reality is that he was 1, 2, 3 years too early in fighting Mayweather. It was not his time and it was not wise to take on Mayweather straight after fighting against Austin Trout. Canelo needed a tune-up fight to apply what he learned in that fight and then challenge Mayweather.

So what is next? I can see Mayweather and Danny Garcia getting it on at a 147lbs. Danny did very well against Lucas Matthysse and showed a little bit of technique and skill. It is no where near Mayweather, but it would be another good fight where Mayweather can out-do a young champion. There is also the possibility of Mayweather fighting A Khan. Khan just needs to win in December and make it exciting to be able to promote a fight against Money.

Canelo will need to have a tune-up fight to regain any confidence lost from last nights fight. He is a young man and has a lot of time to shine. He does have a lot to work on, though, if he ever wants to face Andre Ward.

From Philly to Brooklyn, Stand Up

Danny Garcia v. Zab Judah

Zab Judah and Danny Garcia’s contest on April 27th had none of the glitter, confetti, or sirens that compose a typical Vegas main event; it was composed solely with spit of talk, sweat, and blood that exceeded all expectations at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The night was electric, and had convincingly brought back the sense of home and support that truly builds up fighters, and is largely ignored in the typical Vegas venue. The fans seemed to carry the fighters on their chants, not allowing them to quit at any given time. Both men stepped into the first round steaming with conviction, destiny, and purpose, and came out of the 12th transformed into better fighters than they’ve ever been.

I’ve never given Danny much attention, but gave him a lot of respect for being a humble son of Philadelphia with good habits and single-minded determination in the ring. From afar, he looks to play the part of the brawler in the ring, cutting off paths, and using hooks to corral his victims for combos. But upon closer look, Danny is underrated in having great eyes and patience, as he actually places his punches carefully, which forgives his lack of an active jab, and his slow hand speed. I believe he is blessed with great puncher’s intelligence that is incredibly eager to learn, and it was very evident that he was already in the process of escalating his game to new heights after seeing the Super Zab’s magic last night.

Zab Judah. This guy. To me, he was that guy who didn’t get the memo that we aren’t wearing gold chains anymore. Bruh, the NWA is broken up bruh. Bruh, it’s not 1995 anymore bruh. Proved me wrong, as he stood up against his 35 years and Danny Swift with an unflinching stance and merciless straight lefts. He was a magician, shaking off hard rights from Danny like oil and connecting  first in an exchange consistently through the later rounds. He bled from his heart for the Brooklyn crowd in attendance, and it was an awesome night for a guy that I thought was a clown, in his trailer washing off his persona to collect a paycheck. He stood for his city that night, and showed he deserved to be remembered despite newer fighters rolling over him in the past years. He certainly redeemed himself compared to the likes of Amir Khan the prince of fake. Though he lost to a well-prepared and wise-beyond-his-years Danny Garcia, I believe this fight’s highlights should be one of those climaxes in YouTube greatest hits made for Super Zab. If he wanted to prove something, he definitely did in the ring with Danny.

Danny pulled it off, and is definitely evolving the right way in his 25 fights. I hope his matchmaking sustains the right pace as Danny grows, and I definitely am looking forward for the next contender for Camp Garcia.