Joining the esteemed ranks of Philadelphia boxing champions Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins is the newest world champion from the City of Brotherly Love, Danny “Swift” Garcia. Garcia will be honored and recognized at a special reception with Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, co-sponsored by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez (7th Dist.) and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (4th Dist.) to be held on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 11:00 am ET.
“We are proud to call ‘Swift’ a local hero and role model for our young people,” said Councilman Jones. “We need more champions in our communities who are excelling and realizing spectacular achievements like this.”
“I’m proud to be another Philadelphia champion, because this is a tough city,” said Garcia. “I’m ready to make a historic mark as a Philadelphia fighter and make my city proud.”
“We are extremely proud of Danny’s accomplishments at such a young age,” said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, Garcia’s boxing promotional company. “We know he is going to keep improving and continue to make the great city of Philadelphia and Golden Boy very proud.”
Danny “Swift” Garcia is a Puerto Rican-American professional boxer and the current World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight World Champion. On Saturday, March 24, 2012, Garcia captured the WBC Super Lightweight title by defeating future Hall of Fame and Mexican superstar Erik “El Terrible” Morales by unanimous decision.
Boxing runs in the Garcia family, as Danny’s father and former boxer, Angel Garcia, introduced him to boxing as a youngster and began taking him to Philadelphia’s Harrowgate Boxing Club when he was just 10 years old, the minimum age allowed by local law for a minor to train.
Garcia’s professional record stands at 23 wins and zero losses with 14 wins coming by way of knockout. He compiled over one hundred wins as an amateur, and won a U.S. National Amateur title.
The reception will be held at the Mayor’s Reception Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, on Monday, April 23, 2012, at 11:00 am ET with a reception to follow in Conversation Hall.