By Harvey Hoffman
Danny Garcia raised his hands in the 12th round and stuck his tongue out at Jose Benavidez Jr., listening to the fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn fans chant his name.
Then the bell rang, and it completed Garcia’s successful return to the ring after 19 months.
The 34-year-old Philadelphia announced his presence in the super welterweight division emphatically, cruising to a 114-114, 116-112 and 117-111 majority decision to improve to 37-3. The 114-114 score came under immediate question, as Garcia seemingly controlled the entire bout.
More importantly, it’s provided a jolt back into Garcia’s career, who still looks capable of being the world champion boxer he promises is still within him.
“I did take a break going through mental things, things went dark,” an emotional Garcia said afterward while fighting back tears.
“I went through anxiety, deep depression, just trying to be strong.”