‘He said ”Mike Tyson” when he bit me!’ Boxer Danny Garcia left stunned as his opponent sinks his TEETH into champion’s shoulder during title bout
- Danny Garcia cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Ivan Redkach
- The former world champion was bitten by the Ukrainian in the eighth round
- Despite the bizarre incident, Garcia kept his cool to win 118-110, 117-111, 117-111
- The 31-year-old is hoping for a mega-fight with one of the welterweight kings
Danny Garcia’s impressive win over Ivan Redkach was marred by a bizarre incident in which the Ukrainian bit the former world champion deep into the fight on Saturday night.
With the 31-year-old dominating for much of the contest, a frustrated Redkach lost his cool in the eighth round and bit Garcia while the pair were tussled in a clinch.
Despite the bite, the American cruised the remaining four rounds to earn a comfortable unanimous win, with the judges scoring the contest 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111 in Garcia’s favour.
Danny Garcia was bitten by opponent Ivan Redkach during their fight on Saturday night
A frustrated Redkach sunk his teeth into Garcia during the eighth round of the contest
The Ukrainian’s actions drew comparisons to Mike Tyson’s infamous bite on Evander Holyfield
After the fight, Garcia said that his Ukrainian foe referred to Iron Mike Tyson when he bit him, after the former heavyweight champion controversially bit Evander Holyfield during their bout in 1997.
‘He bit me,’ Garcia said. ‘He said, ‘Mike Tyson,’ when he bit me. I said, ‘Ref, he bit me.’ I thought I needed stitches or something.
Garcia improved to 36-2 with his second straight win. He last fought on April 20, 2019, when he knocked out Adrian Grandos.
Garcia started quick as he moved Redkach (23-5-1) around the ring and waited for openings in the first three rounds at Barclays Center. Garcia’s work in the early rounds began to show in the fourth as he connected with heavy punches.
Despite the bizarre incident, Garcia kept his cool to win via unanimous decision in Brooklyn
Garcia’s pressure and power forced Redkach into fighting a defensive style. Redkach spent much of the fight backing up or against the ropes and Garcia took full advantage. He opened a cut over Redkach’s right eye with a hook in the seventh, then staggered the Ukranian with a shot in the eighth.
The Garcia-Redkach fight was the main event and billed as a WBC Silver World Welterweight Title Eliminator. In its aftermath the question which will be asked of Garcia is: who’s next?
Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter were mentioned to Garcia during a press conference on Thursday.
And for his part, Garcia said he was open to fights against any of the four, specifically mentioning Pacquiao and Spence, whose car wreck on October 10 in Dallas, in which he crashed his Ferrari and was subsequently charged with driving under the influence, postponed a potential bout against the Philadelphia native.
‘Manny’s been saying he wants to fight me for the last two years. It hasn’t happened,’ Garcia said during Thursday’s press conference. ‘Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence or anybody who wants to fight me, I’m here. Let’s get it on.’
The former world champion is now targeting a mega fight with one of the welterweight kings