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Danny Garcia: “I am predicting a fourth round knockout”
Boxing returns to the Barclays Center on Saturday, April 27, in Brooklyn, NY when Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs) defends his unified WBC/WBA super lightweight championship against former undisputed world welterweight champion, Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KOs) in the main event.
Garcia, who has stolen headlines with consecutive knockouts of Erik Morales and Amir Khan, eyes his defense against Judah as just another fight.
“He [Zab Judah] is just another guy in my way,” Garcia said. “They all say the same thing. They think they’re going to beat me…until we get into that ring.”
Originally, Garcia was supposed to have fought Judah in February, but a rib injury forced Garcia to postpone the fight. Since the postponement, Garcia has had time to heal and appears to be back on track.
“I got hurt sparring,” Garcia said. “Boxing is a contact sport. It’s my first injury ever as a professional. I feel like there shouldn’t be any questions. My team and I made the right decision. Everything is going solid. This is one of my most solid camps. I’m running and sparring and looking sharper every day. We’re running a perfect schedule.”
Even though Garcia will be fighting Judah is his hometown of Brooklyn, the champion will be very comfortable. A lot of people liked his possibly career-ending destruction of future Hall of Famer, Erik Morales last October. Garcia gathered a lot of fans when he dismantled Khan last year as well. I’m sure people will be rooting hard for Garcia because of his proficiency and power.
“Zab is from Brooklyn, but I’m the hometown guy,” Garcia said. “I was in New York City a few weeks ago, and a lot of people told me they are rooting for me. I know the crowd is going to be for me that night. I’m the champ.”
There is a saying that when you win a world title you become a better fighter. That clearly is the case for Garcia. His resume is building very nicely. He is a unified world champion, which is very difficult to do since promoters traditionally avoid unification bouts. Garcia is simply accepting his role as boxing’s young fresh face that is taking out veteran fighters: Morales, Khan, Kendall Holt, and Nate Campbell.
Garcia is hungry and Zab Judah is next. Garcia vows to attack Judah and beat him up the way he did Morales (KO 4) and Khan (KO 4).
“You are going to see the best Danny Garcia on April 27,” Garcia added. “I am predicting a fourth round knockout. I don’t really have anything to say to him [Judah]. I am going to do what I do best, and punch him in the mouth.”
Nothing personal, but boxing isn’t called the hurt business for no reason. Garcia’s father, Angel Garcia is aware that his son’s success has angered a lot of people on all fronts. But Danny doesn’t care because he has a lot of people that he knows care about him back home in Philly.
“Danny doesn’t care what people say, but he is the champ,” Angel said of his son Danny. “The truth hurts.. Zab had his day. This is a new era of fighting. This is the Danny Swift era. He is the champion of the world. When Danny is fighting, I am in the ring with him. His opponent is fighting two spirits, not just one. I train him, he fights them and Al Haymon picks them. At 140 pounds, no one can beat the champ.”
Garcia vs. Judah is scheduled for 12 rounds for the unified WBC/WBA 140-pound titles. Also, WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin defends against Fernando Guerrero. The telecast begins at 9 PM/ET on SHOWTIME. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, are available through www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000.