Sources: D. Garcia-J. Benavidez set for July 30

Boxing

Danny Garcia is able to chase a title in a 3rd weight class.

The previous two-division champion has agreed to a take care of Jose Benavidez Jr. in a junior middleweight bout on July 30 at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn, New York, sources inform ESPN.

The PBC on Showtime major occasion will mark Garcia’s debut at 154 kilos after he captured titles at 140 and 147. The 34-year-old Philadelphian hasn’t boxed since a December 2020 loss to Errol Spence Jr. in a welterweight title combat. The 19-month layoff is the longest of Garcia’s profession.

Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) was a unified junior welterweight champion who owns wins over Lucas Matthysse, Amir Khan, Zab Judah and Erik Morales. His different two losses got here towards Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman in 147-pound title fights.

Benavidez (27-1-1, 18 KOs) suffered the lone lack of his professional profession in 2018, a Twelfth-round TKO loss to Terence Crawford in a 147-pound title combat. The 30-year-old from Phoenix has competed solely as soon as since then, a November draw with the unheralded Francisco Emanuel Torres.

The brother of former tremendous middleweight champion David Benavidez, Jose was nonetheless coping with the consequences of a gunshot wound to his proper leg suffered in August 2016 when he fought Crawford.

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