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Two-division world champion Danny “Swift Garcia dominated in his super welterweight debut on Saturday night, scoring a majority decision win over exciting contender Jose . in the main event SHOWTIME from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn headlining a Premier event. He saved perhaps the most expressive moment of his the fight when he broke down in the ring discussing his mental health struggles with SHOWTIME reporter , displaying the authenticity that has made him a fan favorite. in Brooklyn.

“I took a break going through mental stuff, things got dark, I went through anxiety, deep depression, just trying to be strong,” said a visibly emotional Garcia. “It was the pressure of life, being a good father, just letting it out right now, because it was all trapped inside. It rained on me for a year and a half and the only way to make it better was to fight again. I’m a fighter. If you fight anxiety and depression, you can get out of it, that’s what I did today. Fight.”

Garcia (37-3, 21 KOs) of Philadelphia has become a staple at Barclays Center since headlining the arena’s first boxing event in 2012, and his return Saturday night against (27-2 -1, 18 KOs), saw him pick his seventh victory in Brooklyn. (See the summary of the seventh round HERE)

After runs as a world champion at 147 and 140 pounds, Garcia debuted at 154 pounds after a nearly 20-month layoff. Known as a counterpunching expert, Garcia struck early and often, targeting Benavidez’s body on his way to landing a career-high 153 body shots for him, according to CompuBox. Garcia’s superior hand and foot speed left Benavidez following him for much of the night, looking to land right hands on Garcia’s vaunted left hook.

Benavidez’s finest moment came in the ninth round when he landed one of those right hands and knocked Garcia’s head back, but couldn’t capitalize on the attack enough to change the trajectory of the fight.

“I’m happy with my performance,” . “I feel like I did well. I’m fighting in his backyard, one of the best, I took his punches like they were nothing. I thought he had won the fight. But it is what it is, a loss makes you stronger.

“It’s difficult, things don’t always go your way, there are ups and downs. I try to be positive, like when the doctor said he would never walk again. I didn’t let that get to me. Go forward”.

Overall, Garcia upped a lead from 233 to 117 in punches landed and had a 31% land rate compared to Benavidez’s 20%. After 12 rounds, Garcia had done enough to win the decision by scores of 117-11, 116-112 and a stunning 114-114. After the fight, Garcia credited his father and trainer Angel Garcia for staying by his side during his battle with anxiety and depression.

“Angel was there with me the whole way,” Garcia said. “I am nothing without this man. I thank you every day. People ask me all the time, why do I fight? I make a lot of money. Why is still making money? I’m a fighter. This is what I do, what I love to do.”

Garcia also added two intriguing possible future opponents that he would like to face.

“I would like the rematch with , he took my ‘0,’” Garcia said. I will also choose the [campeón de peso mediano de la AMB] Erislandy for the middleweight title at 154 pounds.