By Craig Page: Former two-division world champion Danny Garcia and WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion Erislandy Lara are being discussed.
With the 39-year-old Lara (29-3-3, 17 KOs) with the possibility of a lot of time to kill now that the IBF / WBA Super World champion Gennadiy Golovkin who was ordered to defend is the IBF champion Esquiva Falcao, that frees the expert The Cuban is up to facing Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia next.
ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez reports on a potential fight between WBA 160-lb champion Lara and 34-year-old Garcia.
If the fight comes off, Garcia (37-3, 21 KOs) will be moved up from 154 to challenge Lara’s WBA middleweight belt. This comes after Danny moved to 154 last July in his division debut against Jose Benavidez Jr.
“It was discussed Lara vs. Danny García a few days ago,” said Salvador Rodriguez on Twitter.
Garcia won the fight with a 12-round majority decision but didn’t look particularly impressive beating former welterweight contender Benavidez Jr, the older brother of former two-time WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez.
In fairness to Garcia, he is coming off a year and a half since his last fight against Errol Spence Jr in December 2020, so you can’t blame him for looking less than impressive against former Terence Crawford victim Benavidez Jr.
If Danny Garcia were to beat the aging Lara to win the WBA 160-lb title, that would put him in position to fight WBA Super Champion Golovkin next year if he doesn’t retire or get beaten in the meantime.
Golovkin vs. Garcia will be a big fight, drawing a lot of interest from the boxing world. But for this fight to happen, Danny will need to beat Lara, and Golovkin will need to keep winning until the match.
Garcia is a former two-division world champion with talent, power, and experience. Unfortunately, his career has slowed down since losing to Spence in 2020, but he still has talent and power.
Garcia’s victory over Lara is certainly possible despite the size difference between the two. Lara has spent many years fighting at 154, so he won’t have the same size as Garcia as someone like Jermall Charlo, Chris Eubank Jr, or Golovkin will.