Danny Garcia Ready To Make A Statement Against Brandon Rios
February 9, 2018
Anna Aguilar (131 articles)

Danny Garcia Ready To Make A Statement Against Brandon Rios

PHILADELPHIA – Two-division world welterweight champion, Danny “Swift” Garcia, held a media workout on Friday at DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, ahead of his WBC welterweight title eliminator against former world champion, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs), on Saturday, February 17, live on Showtime from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Garcia (33-1,19 KOs), showcased some light work with father/trainer, Angel, but showed accuracy on the double-end bag and some hard punches on the mitts. “I’m excited to get back in the ring,” said Garcia. “I feel rejuvenated. My body feels fresh. Training camp has gone really well, and now it’s time to get in there and go to work.”

Garcia took some time away from boxing after his first professional loss against unified world champion, Keith “One Time” Thurman last March. Garcia lost his WBC World welterweight title to Thurman in a split decision loss at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia said he learned a lot from the Thurman fight, how not to leave it to the judges.

“I was just enjoying myself for a little bit after the Thurman fight,” said Garcia. “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.”

After about eleven months away from the ring, Garcia will return next Saturday against Rios and he says he’s ready for him. “I’ve been preparing for everything,” said Garcia, who credits Las Vegas as holding his best performances in the ring against Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse. “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.”

Dannell Ellerbe, linebacker of first-time Super Bowl champions, Philadelphia Eagles joined his fellow Philadelphian at the media workout, looking on as Garcia, 29, showcased with his team. “It’s all love between the Philly athletes,” said Ellerbe. “We all show up for each other’s events and support each other. That’s really big to have a supportive community and I’m sure everyone will be rooting for Danny next Saturday.”

Angel Garcia included his opinion on his son fighting Rios. “Brandon Rios is not going to be an easy opponent,” said Angel. “This is going to be a great fight. Rios is a very tough fighter. There’s no way this is going to be an easy fight and Danny knows that.”

“Danny knows he can’t take anything lightly because Brandon Rios will be prepared. But he’s not going to win. Danny Garcia has never taken a beating; he gives them out.”

Every fighter knows a loss is lesson-learned and the comeback is stage to make a statement. “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,” said Garcia. “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.”

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions stated, “Garcia versus Brandon Rios is a great stylistic matchup. Rios is a very aggressive fighter who likes to put pressure on. Danny is a boxer-puncher, but I think you see that Danny really comes forward. He’s a guy whose boxing skills are underrated.”

From left to right: Danny Garcia, Leonard Ellerbe, and Dannell Ellerbe pose for a photo at DSG Boxing Gym.

The Premier Boxing Champions event also features undefeated WBC super middleweight world champion David Benavidez and top-rated contender Ronald Gavril squaring-off in a rematch of their thrilling September 2017 bout in which Benavidez won the vacant title by split decision.

“The Benavidez versus Gavril rematch is a fantastic fight. It’s a fight people have been looking for since the first time they faced off. I think it’s going to live up to what everyone has expected. I know Ronald has made some adjustments, and I’m sure Benavidez has made some too. I think it’s going to be an all-out war,” said Ellerbe.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with, welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas battling Ray Robinson in an IBF 147-pound title eliminator.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and are available at AXS.com.

Photos Credit: Chet Susslin/Showtime, Article by: Anna Aguilar/Supreme Boxing



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