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Danny Garcia Seeking Second World Title

22 Jan
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Danny Garcia hopes to bring home another world boxing title when he takes on Robert Guererro for the vacant World Boxing Council welterweight crown. Photo by Chris Murray.

By Chris Murray
For the Chris Murray Report and The Philadelphia Sunday Sun

Danny “Swift” Garcia has always been confident enough to take advantage of his opportunities as a boxer when the spotlight’s on him.

This Saturday night, the undefeated welterweight, (31-0, 18 KOs) has the chance to add another championship belt to his mantle when he takes Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero for the vacant World Boxing Council welterweight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The fight will be nationally televised on FOX and FOX Deportes as a part of its Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Live series.

When it’s all said and done, Garcia said, It’s going to be all about him.

“It’s a Danny Garcia show. I’m always looking to put on a great show, and to go out there and give the fans an exciting fight because at the end of the day, I’ve got to give the fans their money’s worth,” Garcia in a recent teleconference. “So I’m going there and giving the fans their money’s worth in a great fashion and a smart explosive fashion.”

Fighting in his second fight at the welterweight level, Garcia said he is less angry and moody than he was when he was fighting at the 140-pound junior welterweight level. In his first fight as a 147-lb welterweight, he dominated former two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi, stopping him in a ninth-round technical knockout last August.

“ I’m able to think more; I’m able to be a lot smarter,” Garcia said. “My punches are crispier and my stamina is better. I’m able to run more, run more miles, train harder; more endurance. So I may have had the energy at 140, but at 147 I just feel a lot stronger and I have more stamina.”

In his first title fight at the 140-pound level against Lucas Matthyss, Garcia came into the fight a decided underdog. But the North Philly fighter proved all the experts wrong and came away with an impressive unanimous decision that included an 11th round knockdown of Matthyss.

This time around against Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), who has lost two of his last four fights including a decision against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Garcia is heavily favored to beat his opponent. Garcia said he has not changed his approach in how he gets ready for a match.

“I always approach my fight mentally [thinking] that I’m going to win,” Garcia said. “I never feed into the politics of the sport or who people think is going to win or going to lose. I prepare myself to be the best Danny Garcia at every fight, and that’s what I prepared myself to do for this fight.”

Garcia believes he has the ability to put away Guerrero early and predicted the fight would be over in his favor within five rounds.

“I’ve just got to go in there and get the job done like I always do. I’m not really worried about what’s next on the agenda or anything like that,” Garcia said. “Our main focus is to get the job done and that’s what we’re preparing ourselves for.”

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Guerrero, a two-time world title holder, is looking for a chance for redemption and to boost a career that appears to be on the decline. In his last win over Aaron Martinez, Guerrero got knocked down in the fourth round and wound up getting a split decision.

“I think this is a tremendous fight for me to get back on top and to get back in the ranks,” Guerrero said. “To show the doubters and the media and everybody out there that Guerrero got a lot left in him. I’ve been 100 percent prepared for this fight.”

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The Pride of Puerto Rico: Garcia Looks Forward to Triumphant Homecoming

28 Feb

 

By Chris Murray

For the Chris Murray Report and the Philadelphia Sunday Sun

World Super Lightweight Champion Danny Garcia takes for a few questions from the media shortly before beginning his work out for his upcoming fight against rising contender Mauricio Herrera on March 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

World Super Lightweight Champion Danny Garcia takes for a few questions from the media shortly before beginning his work out for his upcoming fight against rising contender Mauricio Herrera on March 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  Photo by Chris Murray.

PHILADELPHIA—There is no doubt that world super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia is a beloved figure in North Philadelphia and is proud of his hometown.

But Garcia is also intensely proud of his Puerto Rican heritage and the island that is connected to it.

“I’m Puerto Rican, I was raised in Philadelphia and so I got the best of both worlds,” said Garcia, who is 27-0 with 16 knockouts. “I got the Puerto Rican power and then I got the Philadelphia toughness and the Philly skills so it comes a long way.”

Because of this, Garcia’s next fight will be a sort of homecoming. Garcia, who holds both the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association titles, will be his titles up against against veteran contender Mauricio Herrera (20-3, seven knockouts)  in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on March 15 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez.

“I think it means a lot to me just to reach out to my fans in Puerto Rico,” Garcia said. “They don’t have a champion right now, so I’m going to go out there and win this fight March 15 to solidify being a Puerto Rican champion.”

For  Garcia’s father and manager, the irrepressible Angel Garcia, having his son fight in Puerto Rico is a personal source of pride for him, especially considering some of the all-time great Puerto Rican champions like Alfredo Escalera, Wilfred Benitez and Wilfredo Gomez.

“I want Danny to give back to his culture. I’m 100 percent Puerto Rican, my wife is 100 percent Puerto Rican. To me, it’s an honor for him to fight in Puerto Rico,” Angel Garcia said.

“A lot of great champions come from Bayamon and March 15 there’s going to be another great champion fighting in Bayamon and it’s going to be Danny Garcia. …He’s still going to be the undefeated champion of the world.”

Garcia was at his gym in Northeast Philadelphia Wednesday going through the rigors of his workout in preparation for his fight against the 33-year-old Herrera, whose biggest win was in 2011 when he won a 12-round unanimous decision over World Boxing Organization champion Ruslan Provodnikov.

To say that 2013 was a very good year for Garcia would be an understatement. After a win over former world champion Zab Judah, he won a tough, hard-fought unanimous decision over Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse.

The Matthysse fight was one that no one expected Garcia to win. After battling through an early barrage from Matthysse, Garcia assumed command of the fight from the middle to late rounds. In the 11th round, Garcia put Matthysse on the canvas with a knockdown to ensure that he got the win by decision.

Garcia has appreciated the whirlwind 2013 created for him.

“It’s been a good learning experience for me and a good journey,” Garcia said.

His father, Angel, sees a fighter whose peaking at just the right time.

“He’s gotten an older, not old as an old man, but as a young man,” Angel Garcia said. “He learns from every fight. A man learns until he dies. He’s better right now. He punches harder now than before.”

Coming into the Herrera fight, Garcia is in the unusual position of being the favorite in the minds of some boxing experts.

To him, that means nothing.

“The day I stop taking it seriously is the day I stop boxing,” Garcia said. “Anytime you step in the ring the other person is trying to hurt you, so I would never put myself in a position where I’m going into the ring and I’m not ready. I take no one lightly.”

It was widely speculated in boxing circles that world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is scheduled to Marcos Maidana in May, would be a big-time opponent for Garcia.

But as much as Danny and Angel Garcia would like to prepare for a match with a legendary champion like Mayweather, they’re exercising patience.

Danny Garcia knows that it’s only a matter of time.

“At the end of the day, I’m building my own legacy and if the Mayweather fight comes, it comes. I’ll fight anybody. That’s why I signed up to be a boxer is to fight the best,” he said. “As far as me worrying about (Mayweather) and chasing that fight, that’s not me. I’ve never called nobody out. I stay in my own lane. I work hard. Whoever they put in front of me, that’s who gets beat up that day.”

Champions in the Fight Against Hunger in Philly

26 Nov

 

Bernard Hopkins and Danny Garcia Help give away holiday turkeys in West Philadelphia

By Chris Murray

For the Chris Murray Report and the Philadelphia Sunday Sun

From left to right-Craig Stroman, CEO and founder of We Feed the Homeless Philly', Angel Garcia, father and trainer of Danny Garcia, world light heavyweight champion, world junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and Chad Dion Lassiter, executive director of the American Red Cross House in West Philadelphia. Photo by Chris Murray.

From left to right-Craig Stroman, CEO and founder of We Feed the Homeless Philly’, Angel Garcia, father and trainer of Danny Garcia, world light heavyweight champion, world junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and Chad Dion Lassiter, executive director of the American Red Cross House in West Philadelphia. Photo by Chris Murray.

PHILADELPHIA—Both International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and WBC/WBA light welterweight champion Danny Garcia have had a whirlwind year inside the ring in 2013. They are both coming off huge victories and are considered among the best pound-for-poundboxers in their sport.

On Monday, Hopkins and Garcia joined forces with We Feed the Homeless Philly and the American Red Cross House on Powelton Avenue to give 450 holiday turkeys to low-income families in Mantua and residents of the Red Cross House. Turkey recipients braved cold temperatures and stood in a line that was about a block long.

Hopkins said both he and Garcia with all the success that they’ve enjoyed this season are blessed to be back in the community to be able to help people.

“Thank God you’re in position to be giving out turkeys and that you’re not receiving one,” Hopkins said. “That could be you in that line.”

Hopkins and Garcia passing out holiday turkeys to low-income residents of West Philly. Photo by Chris Murray.

Hopkins and Garcia passing out holiday turkeys to low-income residents of West Philly. Photo by Chris Murray.

While Hopkins and Garcia are known worldwide as champions in their sport, their concern for the families in their hometown makes them champions as people as well.

“There’s joy in transcending self to serve others,” said Chad Dion Lassister, executive director of the Red Cross House. “One of the amazing things about Bernard Hopkins and Danny Garcia is they fundamentally understand that they have multiple identities. They’re not just champs, they also come from these communities and it’s great to give back. It means so much.”

The turkey giveaway was part of We Feed the Homeless Philly’s efforts to deal with the organization’s ongoing effort to deal with the city’s hunger crisis, said Craig Stroman, founder and CEO of the organization. Places like Mantua are among the city’s most impoverished areas of the city and while events like this help ease the pain of hunger for the holidays in these areas, more help is needed, he said.

“We appreciate the champs for coming out, but what we need to be focused on is a hunger problem in our city,” Stroman said. “This is what we do 365 days a year. We worry about the hungry in our communities. We feed the homeless and we feed poor families across the citywho call us for help. “We decided to do this partnership with the Red Cross House to try get as many people we can feed in this Mantua section, which is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. We wanted to help and give people turkeys so they can sit with their families with dignity during the Thanksgiving holiday.”

For Garcia, who is coming off a big win over heavily-favored Lucas Matthysse and a victory earlier this year over Zab Judah, coming out to give turkeys to the city’s poor is the highlight of what has been a good year for him personally.

“It feels great to give back to my community and give back to the Philadelphia community means a lot to me,” Garcia said. “I’m thankful, man because this means more to me than anything because there’s a lot of people out there who are not fortunate to have a good dinner. Today was about the people.”

 

 

 

Underdog No More: Garcia Proves He’s Among Boxing’s Best

3 Oct

By Chris Murray

For the Chris Murray Report and the Philadelphia Sunday Sun

Danny Garcia (right) lobs a right the chin of Lucas Matthysee in their WBA/WBC super lightweight title fight in Las Vegas last month.

Danny Garcia (right) lobs a right the chin of Lucas Matthysee in their WBA/WBC super lightweight title fight in Las Vegas last month.

Throughout his young career, world super-lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia has found himself cast as the underdog by boxing insiders each time he’s stepped into the ring for a major fight.

And the unbeaten Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) has made these skeptics eat their words. The 25-year-old phenom’s incredible performance in the ring has wowed the boxing world and his tenacity in the ring has made him a rising star.

Like most Philly fighters, Garcia’s relentless warrior mentality is one that can’t be taught.

“I’m a different fighter, it’s in me, it’s in my spirit,” said the graduate of Northeast Philadelphia’s George Washington High School. “Most guys have to learn to be a fighter. That’s the difference between me and these guys.  They want to be a fighter. I am a fighter, first. I can do both (a boxer and fighter). What they learn, I already know. It’s in my spirit.”

That was the case in Garcia’s last title defense against heavily favored Lucas Matthysse, who had knocked out or stopped his last six opponents. A good number of boxing experts were predicting that the young North Philadelphia fighter would get knocked out.

In an action-packed fight in which he struggled early, Garcia won a unanimous decision over Matthysse last month to retain his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles in the 140-pound division. It was the co-main event on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez undercard.

Early in the fight Matthysse, who has the ability to end a fight with just one punch, seemed to have the upper hand on Garcia, who didn’t get hurt and managed to stay on his feet by avoiding some of Matthysse hardest punches.

“It was even in the first couple of rounds, I stuck to my game plan, I’m a true champion, I make adjustments,” Garcia said.

The adjustment that Garcia made was the use of his left-hook to Matthysse’s head and body.  By the seventh round, Garcia’s punches eventually took their toll on Matthysse, swelling his right eye shut. From that point, the challenger didn’t see the flurry left and rights peppering his face and mid-section.

The young North Philadelphia fighter showed his true grit in the 11th round when a game Matthysse stung Garcia with a right that knocked his mouthpiece out.  Seemingly unfazed, Garcia bounced back with a left hook that put Matthysse on the canvas for the first time in his career.

Garcia came into that fight having already beaten some of the top names in the sport and former world champions like Amir Khan (4th Round TKO) and Zab Judah (unanimous decision). He said he’s never seen himself as an underdog. It’s something that others have imposed on him.

“I don’t even pay attention to none of that stuff. I just go in and train hard for the fight. I know what I can do. That’s something that the media has put on me, I don’t call myself an underdog,” Garcia said. “I don’t why they put that label on me but it is what it is.”

In the Matthysse fight, Garcia didn’t like the idea of being cast as the underdog because he felt he had fought a better quality of opponents than his rival.

“I don’t understand how I could be an underdog when Lucas Matthysse was the first fighter I’ve fought in five fights who wasn’t a current or past champion,” Garcia said. “He never won a world title and I’m the underdog.”

After his win over Matthysse, Garcia said he is looking to move up from the 140-pound division to the welterweight (147 pounds) where there could be some intriguing matchups.  He said it’s up to his management team to make those matches for him.

Would he fight Matthysse again? Garcia said that’s out of the question.

“A rematch is pointless because I won the fight and I was the champion,” Garcia said. “If he was the champion, I would have to give him a rematch but he wasn’t the champ. He was the challenger, he lost.”

Some boxing observers said there is the possibility that Garcia would fight Mayweather, who methodically picked apart Alvarez in the same night Garcia defeated Matthysse. There’s also unbeaten WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KOs), who has a huge fight in December against Marcos Maidana of Argentina (34-3, 31 KOs).

“Whoever they put in front of me, I’m going to make a great show out of it, give them they want and win the fight,” Garcia said.

Given his ability to come up with big performances against seemingly better opposition, Garcia sees no limits in his potential to being one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

“I’m getting better and better with each fight and with every fight I’m showing something new,” Garcia said. I’m only 25-years-old. In a couple of years, God knows how good I’ll be. “