Garcia: ‘I learned from the Keith Thurman fight not to leave anything in the hands of the judges’

On Friday, two-division world champion Danny Garcia had a media workout in Philadelphia as he prepares for his welterweight world title eliminator against former champion Brandon Rios Saturday, February 17 live on SHOWTIME from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Garcia touched on a few different topics, including what he learned from his last fight against Keith Thurman.  A fight Garcia lost for the first time in his career by split decision:

 “I learned from the Keith Thurman fight not to leave anything in the hands of the judges,” Garcia said. “It was a close fight that could have gone either way. I have to go for the kill, so it is what it is.

“I was just enjoying myself for a little bit after the Thurman fight. I knew that I’d be back so it was good to get some time with my family and away from boxing. Now I’m back and ready to go.

“This is a new chapter in my career. There are new obstacles to overcome. Just like I’ve always had in my career. I’m going to take it one fight at a time so I can get back to where I belong.

 “Once you’re a champion, you’re always a champion. On February 17 I’m going to show everyone why I’m one of the best fighters in the world.

 “I’ve had my best performances in Las Vegas against Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse. Las Vegas is where the stars fight so I’m happy to be fighting there again.

 “I’ve been preparing for everything. I’ve been working on boxing and brawling; it’ll just depend how I feel when the fight starts. I’m going to be ready for 12 rounds regardless.”

A victory over Rios puts Garcia one step closer to a rematch with Thurman.

If everything goes the way many expect it will, Garcia should have no issues beating Rios next Saturday night.

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