By Fox Doucette
On the list of reasons to buy the Believe It or Not PPV this Saturday night, October 15, a fight with significant impact on the future of the junior welterweight division might just be second to the main event itself. Kendall Holt (27-4, 15 KOs) continues the resurrection of his career while Danny Garcia (21-0, 14 KOs) seeks to keep his unbeaten record squeaky-clean and his climb to the top at 140 pounds on track. This fight will be for the #2 ranking in both the WBC and IBF, potentially leading to a title fight against either WBC champ Erik Morales or IBF beltholder Amir Khan.
The experience advantage is decidedly with Holt in this fight. The Paterson, New Jersey native has been a world champion, winning the WBO world title at junior welterweight in 2008 from Ricardo Torres and defending it against Demetrius Hopkins before surrendering the belt via a relatively close unanimous decision to Timothy Bradley in April of 2009, a fight in which Holt put his vanquisher on the canvas twice in the losing effort. Holt’s last fight was a spectacular third-round KO of Julio Diaz on ESPN2 back on May 13th of this year.
Garcia has the sort of record you’d expect from a prospect stepping up; his only unbeaten opponent was Mike Denby, who was 0-0-1 when he fell victim to a first-round KO in Garcia’s pro debut. Garcia owns wins over Mike Arnaoutis and Ashley Theophane and is coming off a decision win over a well-past-his-prime Nate Campbell. Garcia is only 23 years old; we will learn a lot about the Philadelphia native by his performance in the ring with Kendall Holt.
This fight airs as part of the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson fight; call your local cable or satellite provider for ordering information and other details.