Philly boxer Danny Garcia injured; title fight postponed

Posted: January 29, 2013

Danny Garcia's title defense has been postponed after the unified light-welterweight champion suffered a rib injury during sparring in preparation for his scheduled Feb. 9 fight in Brooklyn against Zab Judah.

The 24-year-old Garcia suffered a left rib bruise earlier this month during a sparring session with NABF light-welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley. Garcia said his injury takes about four to six weeks to heal, which is roughly eight weeks before the fight's April 27 rescheduled date at the Barclays Center.

The fight will be Garcia's second since he stunned Amir Khan in July with a fourth-round knockout. In October, he scored another fourth-round KO as he stopped Erik Morales at the Barclays Center. The Juniata Park native and Bensalem resident has won all 25 of his professional fights, including 16 knockouts.

On Monday afternoon, Garcia posted a photo on the Internet that showed a sizable red bump on his left rib area. This was Garcia's response to Judah's accusation on Sunday night that Garcia was a "faker" and "lier." In December, the two had to be separated at the news conference to announce the fight after they exchanged words.

Also on Monday, the 35-year-old Judah posted a link to an interview with Corley, who said he believed Garcia had injured his right thumb during sparring.

"I'm glad ya'll see this," Judah said on Twitter. "Because there is something real fishy going on here." Judah (42-7, 29 KOs) is a Brooklyn native and has split his last two fights. In March 2012, he handed Vernon Paris his first loss with a ninth-round technical knockout. In July 2011, Judah was knocked out by Khan in the fifth round.


Contact Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com or @matt_breen on Twitter.

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