Danny Garcia on Keith Thurman: ‘I thought after the fourth round he was basically shadow boxing’

Two-division world champion Danny Garcia and former world champion Brandon Rios went face-to-face for the first time Tuesday at a press conference in Los Angeles to announce their main event showdown taking place Saturday, Feb. 17 live on SHOWTIME from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Garcia(33-0, 19 KOs), who is coming off his first loss to Keith Thurman last March, is ready to get back to his winning ways against Rios:

 “This is a classic fight of a boxer-puncher versus a brawler,” Garcia said today. “I’m going to be prepared for everything and start 2018 off right. I have to be the fighter I’ve always been. “I’m healthy and strong and ready to fight. I’m putting the loss to Keith Thurman behind me and moving forward. I have to focus on being Danny Garcia on February 17. I can’t press and try to do too much; I just have to get the win.”

Garcia discussed his last fight with Keith Thurman.  Even in a lost, Garcia was happy with his performance against Thurman:

“I felt like I fought a good fight against Thurman. He didn’t really engage. I thought after the fourth round he was basically shadow boxing. I don’t blame him because you have to be dumb to stand in front of me. We’ll make some adjustments and add to what I already do well,” Garcia said.

This is a fight Garcia should win, but Rios might make it exciting for as long as it lasts. As we know, Rios is never in a boring fight.

Photo from Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Garcia-Rios set for February 17 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (December 21, 2017) – Two-division world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia returns to the ring to take on former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in a welterweight showdown on Saturday, February 17 live on SHOWTIME at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

In the co-feature, boxing’s youngest world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez will defend his Super Middleweight World Championship for the first time against Ronald Gavril in a rematch of their thrilling September 2017 bout in which Benavidez won the vacant title by split decision.

The card is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with DSG Promotions. The Benavidez-Gavril rematch is co-promoted by Sampson Boxing.  Tickets for the live event go on sale Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. PST and will be available at AXS.com.

“I’m excited just to get back in the ring,” said Garcia, who was reigning world champion for the better part of six years dating back to his win over Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2012 through March 2017. “I needed the time off to recuperate and let my body heal.”

In his last fight, a welterweight clash of world title holders, Garcia lost via split decision to now unified 147-pound world champion Keith Thurman in a hard-fought, exciting fight that aired live on CBS. The SHOWTIME BOXING on CBS broadcast drew the biggest boxing audience of the year, more than five million viewers which remains the largest audience to witness a primetime boxing broadcast since 1998.

Now, Garcia looks to re-establish his once dominant position at welterweight, a division that boasts more top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the sport than any other weight class; fighters including world champions Errol Spence Jr., Thurman, Shawn Porter, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson and more.

“What’s interesting in this fight with Brandon Rios is our styles. We both like to come forward. This kind of matchup will bring out the best in both of us. I’m excited to be back in Las Vegas. I’ve had some of my best performances and some of my biggest fights there. I beat Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan in Vegas. You fight in Las Vegas, you’re a superstar,” added Garcia.

 “I’m excited to prove my critics wrong again,” said Rios. “I’m bring a ‘Bam Bam’ Rios slugfest to my fans. Danny is a great fighter, but I will beat him just like I have beat others in the past. I am focused and will make this a classic Mexican-Puerto Rican battle!”

Devon Alexander on Danny Garcia & Keith Thurman: ‘I think I would give both of them problems’

Devon Alexander is back! After two years out of the ring, Alexander easily defeated Walter Castillo back in November.

Now, Alexander wants to fight the best at 147. Alexander was a guest on the podcast Go4it with Paul Gant , and discussed the two fighters that he would like to challenge:

“If I had to pick, I would pick Danny Garcia. I see a lot of flaws. A lot of vulnerability in his craft. I see a lot of it, and Keith Thurman, too,” Alexander told Paul Gant. “I would love to fight Keith Thurman, too. A lot of flaws.  Neither one of them has fought a slick, southpaw who can box, who got speed and got some thump, and the skills set that I have.  They haven’t fought nobody like that. Danny Garcia, he got a little speed, but he’s not crafty. I think I’ll give both of them problems. I’ll give both of them something they haven’t saw before.”

At his best, Alexander believes he can’t be touched:

 “When I’m one-hundred percent, nobody can beat me.”

Alexander was out of the ring for two years dealing with an addiction to opioids. However, he is only 30-years-old, and proved against Castillo that he still has the skills to be a factor at 147.  Alexander has speed, some power, and a very good chin. I think he could give both Garcia and Thurman some problems.

Also, Alexander is with powerful advisor Al Haymon, who has a full stable of welterweights, including Thurman and Garcia. So, if he does not get Thurman or Garcia, he still has a lot of options at 147!

 Photo: Douglas DeFelice / Premier Boxing Champions

Shawn Porter: ‘We’re going to have our sights set on Keith Thurman’

Former champion Shawn Porter and Adrian Granados will look to steal the show when they meet in a 12-round welterweight world title elimination bout on Saturday, November 4 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

While Porter is not overlooking Granados, he has bigger fish to fry. Porter has two guys on his mind:

“We’re going after the WBC title. We’re going to have our sights set on Keith Thurman,” Porter said.  “I want to get that rematch sometime next year. Outside of that, the only fighter on my mind is Danny Garcia, because he’s a guy who I think I’d make an exciting fight with.”

Whoever he fights after Granados, Porter going to be a tough man to beat. I’ll be fine with either Garcia or Thurman for Porter in 2018.

Photo: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

 

Danny Garcia on fighting Conor McGregor: ‘He ain’t going 10 rounds with me’

After the business Mayweather-McGregor did, every fighter wants to fight Conor McGregor, and who can blame them?

Add former WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia to the list.

Garcia would love to fight McGregor. Here is what he told TMZ Sports:

“I want that fight. Danny Garcia versus Conor McGregor let’s make it happen,” Garcia said. “He ain’t going 10 rounds with me. I’m a seek and destroy type fighter. I’m one of the types of fighters you want to run from when you fight. It ain’t going past 4. I know I can knock him out; I can knockout anybody I step in the ring with.”

I don’t think Garcia will be fighting McGregor anytime soon, but if they were to fight, my money is on Garcia by stoppage.

Thurman decisions Garcia to unify

Keith Thurman started fast and coasted to a split decision victory(116-112, 115-113 ,113-115) over Danny Garcia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fight started fast and furious with Thurman getting the better of Garcia.  As the fight progressed, Garcia became the aggressor as Thurman started to retreat. Goforitgantsports scored the fight 114-114.

Now Thurman has the WBA and WBC belts. Should be interesting to see what is next for Thurman. Maybe the winner of Spence-Brook? Possibly the winner of Porter-Berto?

We shall see!