Weekend Preview: Garcia vs. Arnaoutis
DANNY GARCIA VS. MIKE ARNAOUTIS
Rounds / weight class: 10 rounds / junior welterweights
The backdrop: Garcia (18-0, 12 KOs) is an exciting young prospect from Philadelphia, who will be fighting at home for third time in five fights. Golden Boy Promotions, his promoter, obviously hopes to make him a significant attraction in Philly. He struggled to win a split decision over capable Ashley Theophane in February, raising questions about his future, but he responded by scoring knockouts in his next two fights. This will be his toughest test. Arnaoutis (22-6-2, 10 KOs) has lost four of his past five fights – all to good fighters – but is still competitive and has experience. Only Victor Ortiz was able to stop him.
Also fighting: Anthony Flores vs. Arash Usmanee, 8 rounds, junior lightweights
Rating the card: C+. Garcia, an aggressive boxer-puncher, is fun to watch. And it will be interesting to see how he does in a legitimate test.
Also Friday: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam defends his flyweight title against Suriyan Por Chockchai in Thailand. Wonjongkam (76-3-1, 40 KOs) took the title from Koki Kameda in March. This is his second defense. Chockchai (14-4-1, 4 KOs) has won six consecutive fights but hasn’t faced anyone near Wonjongkam’s ability.