Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Junior welterweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, 26-0, 16 KOs, held court with the press Wednesday afternoon, speaking with reporters and going through a light workout at his new gym, the DSG Boxing gym in Philadelphia. Garcia is preparing for his 12-round title defense against Lucas Matthysse, 34-2, 32 KOs, of Argentina.
The 140-pound super-fight is the highly-anticipated co-feature to the Floyd Mayweather-Saul Alvarez mega-fight on September 14th in Las Vegas. With six weeks to go until fight night, Garcia looked and sounded confident about the fight that will bring the Philadelphian the biggest audience, and perhaps the most challenging opponent, of his career.
“This is what I do,” Garcia said. “I’m at home. This is my home gym. I love it. I was born for this. I was born to perform on a high level. It’s just another day, another fight to me. He (Matthysse) is just a regular fighter to me. I’ve seen a lot of strong fighters knocking guys out. Just power doesn’t win you fights. He fought two people who hit him back and he lost. Everybody else was scared and got knocked out. I’m not going to change my whole game plan. I’m going to be myself. I don’t run, but I’m going to be smart. I’m not going to give him nothing easy. He’s going to have to earn it. Take his power away. Make him miss.”
Garcia’s outspoken father and trainer, Angel Garcia, had much to say about the USADA drug testing that their camp insisted on for the fight, and his son’s goal of holding onto his world title belts.
“I want it fair,” Angel said. “When we wasn’t the champion, we couldn’t make calls. Now we can. So that’s all we ask for. I’m not accusing the guy of anything. We just ask for a clean fighter to come into the ring. Let’s keep it clean. Let’s be fair. I’m not worrying about Matthysse or anything else. I don’t care what they do. If they want to jump mountains, run up volcanoes and dive in them, drink the volcano lava, it’s up to them. My job is to worry about Danny. We are going to train. We’re going to be ready 100%, mentally, spiritually, physically. And on September 14th, Danny will go in the ring and will come out still the undefeated champion.
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