Opportunity for a return to glory awaits former world-champion Danny Garcia – if he’s victorious at Barclays Center on January 25.

To get there, the once-unified (WBA/WBC) 140-pound champion and WBC title holder at 147 pounds has to overcome an obstacle this Saturday night in Ukrainian southpaw Ivan Redkach, who’s 23-4-1 with 18 knockouts and one no contest.

“This fight is very important,” Garcia, 31, tells Attendee.com. “I have to go in there and get the victory, and go on to bigger and better things.

“I think he has a similar style to Guerrero,” adds the Philadelphia native, referring to southpaw and ex-IBF featherweight/junior lightweight world champ Robert Guerrero.

The heavy-handed Garcia, in what amounted to a brutal bout, defeated Guerrero by unanimous decision for the then-vacant WBC welterweight (147-pound) title four years ago, making him a world champion in two weight classes.

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Beforehand, Garcia became a big name in boxing by defeating Mexican-great Érik Morales for the WBC’s then-vacant 140-pound (light welterweight) title and unifying it with the WBA belt with a sensational TKO victory over Amir Khan.

But after beating Guerrero, Garcia lost the WBC welterweight title to Keith Thurman in March 2017 by split decision, as well as his bid to regain that very title to Shawn Porter by unanimous decision in September 2018.

Those “bigger and better things,” as Garcia stated, mean the chance to fight current welterweight world champions Manny Pacquiao (WBA), Errol Spence Jr. (WBC/WBA) and Terence Crawford (WBO).

Considering the high stakes involved, it’s natural to wonder what Garcia’s very crucial bout versus Ivan Redkach, 33, at Barclays Center this weekend will ultimately bring out of each combatant.

“If you do have dreams, nothing happens overnight ... it’s definitely a journey."

- Danny Garcia

“That’s the good thing about boxing,” says Garcia, who’s trained by his father, Angel. “You know, you might go in there boxing, and it might turn into a slugfest. You might expect a slugfest, and it turns into boxing.

“You just don’t know what you’re gonna get that night,” he adds. “You might get the boxer. You might get the brawler. I feel like after we get this victory – you know, you can’t look ahead – I can’t see nothing else but a big fight after this, no matter who it is.”

Garcia — whose playlist includes Trey Songz, Usher and Puerto Rican rapper Anuel — credits what he’s accomplished as a boxer so far to a great support system and his dedication to the craft.

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“When you really start feeling like you’re tired of it, that’s when you lose,” Garcia cautions. “If you do have dreams, nothing happens overnight. A lot of people think this just happens overnight. I’ve been boxing for 21 years, so it’s definitely a journey, and there’s definitely gonna be ups, gonna be downs.

“When you actually have someone that believes in you and tells you (that) you can do it, it makes you believe you can do it,” Garcia continues. “I believe in myself. I dedicated myself. I dedicated myself to the sport of boxing, and I never cheated myself. I put that hard work in and just kept working. That’s it.

“So as long as you believe in yourself, you work hard every day and listen to whoever your mentor is, whether it’s your father or somebody else you know, you’ll have a breakthrough in whatever you’re doing one day.”

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