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Danny Garcia eyes increased punching volume, dominance, but wants to fight his fight

first_imgShould Garcia, at 31, change his style when it has gotten him this far — or should he try to fine-tune and tweak it? The conclusion the Philadelphia native has reached is somewhat of a compromise: consciously working toward a higher volume of punching without changing who he is as a fighter.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“Definitely,” Garcia told Sporting News about an uptick in punches thrown, “but at the end of the day, I got to fight my fight.”I can’t go in there and fight a fight that’s not my fight. So, definitely try to be a little bit more dominant, but as far as everything else, I’m still going to continue to fight my fight.”Whether that revised blueprint is enough to get back in the thick of the welterweight division and challenge for a world title remains to be seen. But just the fact that Garcia is aware of his punching volume could be deemed as a positive.After all, “Swift” has lost two of his last three fights — the only two losses on his 34-2 record (20 KOs). A lack of output was the defining cause for both defeats. In a unanimous decision loss to Shawn Porter in September, Garcia landed a higher percentage of punches, but it was “Showtime” who threw 270 more punches and was the aggressor throughout.A similar situation presented itself in his loss to Keith Thurman back in March 2017, when he landed a higher percentage of shots, but was out-punched 570-434 and lost by split decision. Both situations — albeit against star boxers in their own right — begged for Garcia to increase his punching volume. Instead, he stubbornly stuck to being the cleaner puncher.Garcia, perhaps starting with Saturday’s nationally televised bout against Granados, will show a willingness to let his hands fly more and be more aggressive overall.“I got to be a little bit more dominant,” Garcia said. “I can’t make it close because I know what I’m capable of. He’s not on my level and I got to go out there and beat him.”Getting a convincing victory to return near the top of the 147-pound food chain is all Garcia is thinking about. Plenty of possibilities loom, including a possible rematch with Porter, the WBC champion, or Thurman, the WBA champ. And just to throw it out there, WBO titleholder Terence Crawford is fighting on the same April 20 date against Amir Khan, whom Garcia stopped via TKO back in July 2012.“There’s a lot of good fights to be made,” Garcia said. “It’s all about making them happen. I’m not looking that far yet. I got to get past this fight and then I could think about that after I get the victory.”As the promotion for this Garcia-Granados fight has furthered, it has gotten increasingly testy between the two boxers. All the more reason for Garcia to make sure his victory is emphatic.“It’s very important,” he said. “I got to go in there and look good. I got to go in there and dominate. I got to go in there and send a message.” Danny Garcia is one of the most precise, clean punchers in the welterweight division, but when watching the former two-division world champion sometimes, one can’t help but want him to let his hands go and throw more punches.As he enters his fight against Adrian Granados in the main event of “Premier Boxing Champions on FOX” at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., on Saturday night — Garcia has been thinking about the same thing.last_img

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