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Danny Garcia: ‘To me Matthysse is just a regular fighter.”
Unified WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (26-0, 16KOs) is in for the fight of his career when he meets interim WBC 140-pound titlist Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs). Garcia-Matthysse will be the co-featured attraction to Floyd Mayweather’s anticipated showdown with unified WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on Saturday, September 13, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
“This fight is very exciting for me,” Garcia said during Wednesday’s media work out at his gym in Philadelphia. “We are part of the biggest night in boxing and I will be ready. I feel like I was born for this – fighting at this level on the biggest stage in boxing.”
The winner of Garcia-Matthysse will be the consensus No. 1-challenger to Floyd Mayweather, should be defeat Alvarez, as expected. In fact, it was Mayweather who insisted that the Garcia-Matthysse fight be put on this undercard.
“I see this fight as 50/50,” said IBF light-heavyweight champion and Golden Boy Promotions partner, Bernard Hopkins. “I get asked all the time in fights who I think is going to win and who I think has the better chin. This is a fight that is not going to go twelve rounds. And if it does go twelve rounds, I don’t think either fighter is going to be the same in whatever he does next. That’s how important this fight is to the fans but also in the careers of the two fighters.”
Garcia is the newest, freshest face onto the scene. The 25 year-old Philadelphia native of Puerto Rican decent is your kid next door and he just opened up his very own boxing gym, the Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia Boxing Gym, in his hometown.
“Every fight is important to me,” Garcia said. “I am training as I always do, but I have a new gym so its nice to be able to train in privacy. What better way to invest in my future in boxing than investing in my own gym. We built it in the same neighborhood where my dad grew up. We are Philly through-and-through. I love having my own gym.”
Yes, Garcia is friendly, but his left hook is a mean and deadly weapon inside the squared-circle. Garcia’s left hook put him on the map as the premiere junior welterweight in the world by knocking out Amir Khan to capture the unified WBC/WBA titles in July 2012. It was spectacular performance by Garcia. Since the icing of Khan, Garcia starched Erik Morales (KO 2) in a rematch and out-boxed Zab Judah through 12 rounds.
Garcia as wowed fans and certain members in the boxing media through his dedication to improving as a world championship prize fighter, while giving back to his community. However, everybody is going Gaga on Matthysse since his impressive destruction of Lamont Peterson at the famed Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in May 2013.
“As for Matthysse, he has power but I have power too,” explained Garcia. “I fought a lot of guys with power. Trust me, I plan to take away his power, make him miss, and make him pay.”
Many consider Matthysse an unbeaten fighter and that his two losses were controversial decisions to Judah and Devon Alexander. Matthysse shockingly dropped a split-decision to Judah by the narrowest of margins 113-114, 113-114, and 114-113. Both losses Matthysse have on his record were questionable, as Matthysse knocked both Judah and Alexander to the canvas.
Since the controversies, Golden Boy Promotions have continuously displayed their faith and commitment to Matthysse by having him fight on American television. Matthysse knocked out the great Humberto Soto in five rounds, knocked out unbeaten Olusegun Ajose, and knocked out Mike Dallas, Jr. in one round, before destroying Peterson inside three.
“To me Matthysse is just a regular fighter,” Garcia continued. “He already has two losses. I don’t consider him one of the best. He doesn’t have a world title and when he fought for one he lost. Let’s see what happens when I show him different looks, back him up, and work angles. I can fight backing up. Can he?”
With a 94% career-knockout percentage, Matthysse is appropriately labeled ‘The Machine.’Matthysse has 10 career first-round knockouts; 17 occurring within two rounds.
Garcia, a technician in his own right, isn’t at all worried about ‘The Machine.’
“If [Matthysse] opens up early to try to get me out of there, trust me, he’s making a big mistake. He tries that and the fight is going to be over quickly!”
Added Garcia’s father and lead trainer Angel Garcia: “Nobody is beating us, not right now, not tomorrow, and not in the future. Believe this, on September 14, Matthysse is going to get his ass whooped!.”
Garcia vs. Matthysse is the co-featured attraction to “THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO,” on Saturday, September 14, at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV. Tickets for this event sold out within 24 hours since June 25th. General admission tickets for this event is on sale for $100. Closed circuit tickets can be purchased through 866-799-7711, 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.