The path of a young champion necessarily implies the need to dominate his veteran counterparts, demonstrating superior skills and will in the process, before dealing with the challenges of younger and hungrier opponents. And in his first world title fight in March, 27 year-old Philadelphia native Danny "Swift" Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs) proved against former four-time champion and future Hall of Famer Erik "El Terrible" Morales (52-8, 36 KOs), 36, from Tijuana, México, that he's a force to be reckoned with in the talent-rich 140-pound division. On Saturday, Garcia and Morales will clash again in the inaugural boxing card at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (Showtime, 8 ET/PT) in a new challenge for both of them after their terrific, albeit one-sided first fight.
Garcia will enter the rematch as a more mature and confident champion coming off his career-best performance against Amir Khan in his most recent outing. But judging by the spirited and sustained attack that Morales was able to put together in his losing effort the first time around, there's no reason to doubt they will make an equally terrific fight once again, which can be even closer than the first one if Morales figures out Garcia's style even further than in the first meeting.
Here are five keys to a possible victory by Garcia in this exciting rematch:
It don't mean a thing ...
You got it (the right stuff)
Ring of fire
Think with the whole brain
Hook it like Rocky
Diego Morilla is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.