Just Enough To Win:
A Night With Jarrett Hurd & Danny
Garcia In Brooklyn
By Iberedem Ekure
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
In what will certainly not rank anywhere near the top of
entertaining fight nights of 2020, Danny Garcia and Jarrett
Hurd were back in the ring after 8-9 months of inactivity.
It was a far from memorable night as the crowd booed more
than they cheered over the course of the evening. The two
fighters with the “swift” moniker failed to make swift work
of their opponents, Jarrett Hurd guiltier than Danny Garcia
in this respect.
The main event saw Danny Garcia take on Ivan Redkach. Garcia
made his ring entrance in a signature mask and the fight
began with both men feeling each other out. Garcia landed
the first meaningful power punch but both men still trying
to find a clear opening.
In round 2, Redkach landed a straight left and was finding
success with the overhand left from his southpaw stance.
Garcia was able to land a couple of right hands.
Rounds 3 and 4 were frustrating as nether fighter was
landing anything meaningful. The crowd began to
boo and they were tough rounds to call.
Garcia started to put together impressive combinations in
the 5th. He caught Redkach against the ropes and landed a
couple of right hooks but ate an uppercut counter from
Garcia found his rhythm in the 6th and 7th rounds able to
get inside Redkach’s outstretched right jab and land
combinations. Redkach was not doing a great job of
maintaining the distance and Garcia’s speed was too much for
The 8th round saw both fighters very active, looking to
score some big punches but Garcia got the better of the
exchanges. A frustrated Redkach bit Garcia on the shoulder
during a clinch.
Garcia showed some impressive footwork in the 9th, able to
get inside and land cleanly on Redkach. Garcia was well
ahead on the cards at this point.
The 10th round saw Redkach come out as the aggressor and
Garcia moved and counterpunched effectively. Redkach
injected a sense of urgency in his approach and landed an
uppercut but he was overmatched over the course of the round
by the swift, skilled Garcia. The 11th round followed a
The 12th and final round saw Redkach open with intent,
looking to close the now wide gap between himself and Garcia
on the cards. Garcia found his range in the last half of the
round and closed strong.
Garcia was announced the winner by unanimous decision, but a
good number of the audience had already left by this point.
Before the Garcia fight, Maryland fighter and former unified
light middleweight champion took on Francisco Santana. Many
were expected a new, improved Jarrett Hurd after the
surprise defeat to Julian Williams in May 2019
Hurd opened the fight by landing the jab and maintaining
distance. Santana tried but fond it difficult to break
through and land any meaningful shots.
In the second round, Hurd and Santana fought in close
quarters. Santana was able to find his range later in the
round but too little, to late.
The third round was close with no one asserting their
dominance over the other. Hurd is clearly the more skilled
fighter but he was not creating enough space to let that
shine through. Hurd landed two big right hands in the last
30 seconds of the round.
The 4th round was fought in close quarters with a lot of
clinching and Hurd got the better of the exchanges.
In the 5th, Santana was clearly the aggressor with Hurd on
the back-foot counterpunching effectively. Hurd landed a
series of uppercuts and hooks which were answered in kind by
Hurd came out sticking and moving but Santana closed the gap
mid-round and landed some jabs and left hands of his own.
Hurd seems unbothered by Santana’s power.
The fight took a nose-dive from the 7th with both men
fighting in the pocket and landing with mixed success.
Fatigue was clearly starting to set in, and the crowd booed
at the end.
The 8th, 9th and 10th rounds were much of the same and the
boos got louder.
In the 11th, Hurd came out more active with the jab and
Santana responded by stepping up the pressure. Hurd caught
Santana with a right hook but Santana was unfazed and came
back on the offensive.
In the final round, there was more fighting in close
quarters. Both men mustered up whatever energy was left in
them and with a few seconds to go, Hurd landed a hard left
cross and a vicious right uppercut that put Santana on the
mat. Santana made the count with a second to go and the bell
rang to end the fight.
Hurd was announced winner by unanimous decision but was
booed out of the arena. Fighting like this was certainly not
what got him to the top of the light middleweight division.
Also fighting that night were two undefeated junior
featherweights, Stephen Fulton and Arnold Khegai. Arguably
the most exciting fight of the night, it was an eliminator
for a title shot and both fighters gave it their all.
The fight started with frenetic energy, both fighters
looking to establish dominance. Fulton looked to establish
the jab but Khegai focused on the body, successfully landing
two body shots.
In the second round, Fulton continued to jab effectively and
Khegai aggressively tied to close the gap resorting to
punching Fulton on the back of the head when they came
together. The referee warned Khegai, the first of many
warnings over the course of the fight. Near the end of the
second round, Khegai landed a three-punch combination.
Khegai was able to cut the ring off and fight in closer
quarters over the course of the third. He was the aggressor
but was surprised by two well-timed body shots from Fulton.
A frustrated Khegai turned a would-be clinch into a
wrestling-style body slam, throwing Fulton onto the canvas.
Khegai’s offense peaked in the 4th and 5th round as he was
able to push fulton into the corner multiple times and land
some power punches. Fulton failed to use his reach advantage
to keep Khegai at bay. He allowed Khegai too much room on
the inside and took a few body punches.
Fulton came alive in the sixth and used his crisp, sharp
jabs effectively. Fulton moved around and didn’t allow
Khegai much room to work the body. Khegai chased for most of
the round while getting hit by sharp jabs but was able to
trap Fulton in the corner on three occasions and land some
Fulton grew in confidence going into the 7th. He landed a
three-punch head and body combination and another double
hook to the body. Whenever Khegai trapped Fulton in a
corner, Fulton counterpunched effectively with uppercuts. In
the final 20 seconds, Fulton landed a four-punch combo in
the center of the ring. He followed it up with a three-punch
combination and Khegai offered no response.
Khegai tried to move the fight to the corner of the ring and
against the ropes where he could inflict maximum damage in
the 8th but Fulton clinched, and the referee came in to
separate the fighters. A frustrated Khegai threw a punch
while the referee was separating the fighters. Fulton moved
the fight back to center of the ring, landing stinging jabs
and keeping Khegai at bay.
In the 9th round, both men exchanged punches across the ring
and Khegai seemed to have the upper hand. He punched Fulton
in the back of the head and got a warning from the referee.
During a clinch, Khegai landed a powerful uppercut to the
approval of the crowd and he landed a few more body shots
before the end of the round.
Fulton came out on the offensive in the 10th, landing a few
jabs and an uppercut. Khegai landed a double jab in
response. Fulton showed good ring generalship and controlled
the pace of the round. His footwork and hand speed left
In the 11th round, Khegai and Fulton traded punches and
Khegai was able to catch Fulton in a corner, delivering a
barrage of jabs and body shots. Khegai caught Fulton with an
overhand right and an uppercut yet Fulton weathered the
storm and went back to maintaining the distance. Khegai
caught Fulton in a corner and delivered a four-punch
In the 12th and final round, both fighters started
cautiously, and Fulton used his feet well to keep the
distance. Fulton landed a jab, then a straight right and
followed it with another jab. Khegai stalked Fulton around
the ring, unable to land anything meaningful while Fulton
delivered another straight right and a jab to follow. Near
the end of the round, Khegai landed a body shot and Fulton
answered with a stinging jab.
All 3 judges scored the fight for Fulton who remains
undefeated in his quest for a world title.