"I had to show the fans that I'm a warrior," Garcia said. "I wanted to show heart."
Judah slipped to 42-8 with 29 KO's.
After the fight, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said Garcia could meet the winner of the May 18 bout between Lucas Matthysse and Lamont Peterson. A fall rematch with Amir Khan remains a possibility after Khan won by decision on Saturday. Garcia said that his job is to fight and that he will fight anyone.
"Danny's going to fight the very best no matter what," Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya said. "You throw King Kong in there, he'll fight King Kong. That's who Danny is."
Even though his eighth-round knockdown secured a decision, Garcia continued to move forward and create action. That is who he is, Bernard Hopkins said.
Hopkins glanced over at Garcia, who was readying to go back to his dressing room, and said that he had the face of someone who had gotten into a fight.
"Danny Garcia tonight graduated from boxing college," Hopkins said. "Yes, he got good grades in high school. But tonight he graduated from college."
Garcia's diploma came with a vertical strip of black stitches down the center of his forehead. Luckily for Garcia, the accidental head butt came in the final round and did not factor into the match.
"I don't even want to look at it," Garcia said.
When Garcia does look, he will see maybe a half-dozen stitches holding together his forehead. But he also will see a champion. And for Garcia, that is all that matters.
The judges scored it 116-111, 115-112, and 114-112 in favor of Danny Garcia on Saturday night. All three gave Zab Judah the last three rounds.
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