Here at Spike’s Trophies, all awards means something special.
Having been stunned in the last round, a fighter steps out of their corner with their feet back under them. He’s cautious, having been caught with a powerful left hook just minutes ago. The referee signals that both fighters may approach each other. Looking into his opponent’s eyes, the fighter can see that he intends to finish the fight in this round. The fighter steps into his opponent’s range and delivers a powerful jab to the head, receiving a right hook to the body in return. The fighter takes a step back, his opponent continues forward, intending to land a combination. The fighter slips a jab, then ducks under a wild haymaker that would have sent him reeling. The fighter, still ducking, returns an uppercut, then a hook, then another hook, all landing flush, he finishes his combination with a powerful straight, sending his opponent to the canvas. The referee begins his count. One. Two. Three…
Boxing is an incredible sport, steeped in well over a century of international history. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or not, chances are that you know at least a few names of the champions. In fact, Muhammad Ali was considered by TIME Magazine to be the most recognizable athlete of the 20th century.
The World Boxing Council was formed in 1963 as a body that would evaluate boxers on a truly international field. Today, the WBC is one of four different major bodies that organizes boxing events and awards champions across all major weight classes.
At the beginning of 2016, the WBC awarded Philadelphia’s own Danny “Swift” Garcia the welterweight championship, a belt he successfully defended in his hometown just a few weeks ago. With a record of 33 wins and no losses, “Swift” is a fighter with a chance to go down as one of the greats in the sport. Hailing from the city of brotherly love, we here at Spike’s are particularly happy to see him continue to make waves in the world of boxing. Garcia holds the same belt that was once won by Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and many others.
In 2017, Garcia will face his toughest opponent yet, Robert Thurman. At Spike’s Trophies, we’re looking forward to seeing Danny go on to be one of the greatest to ever set foot in the ring.