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The ‘Danny Garcia Show’ Hits Brooklyn




Despite Daniel Jacobs taking on Jarrod Fletcher for the vacant WBA middleweight title and Lamont Peterson defending his IBF junior welterweight crown at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn New York on Saturday night Danny Garcia still believes he is the star of the show. The 26 year-old world light welterweight champ takes on Rod Salka in a 10 round non title bout and Garcia believes he is the real star of the Showtime televised event.

 

Speaking to the assembled media members at Gleason’s Gym in New York on Wednesday Garcia said:"It feels great to be here. I love the atmosphere in Brooklyn and I can’t wait for Saturday night. I’m calling it the ’Danny Garcia Show.’ Team Garcia is going to ’purge’ Barclays Center.

 

"I’m 100 percent focused this time. My weight is good and I’m going to do what I’m supposed to do.

 

"I don’t know why Salka is being underestimated by fans. At the end of the day the fans can think what they want to think, but I know what I bring to the table. I bring excitement. I bring fun and I’m going to get the job done.

 

"Salka is going to give it his all, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for him to fight one of the young stars in boxing. He has nothing to lose. I’m going to have to hunt him down and rip the body, but I’m prepared for anything.

 

Garcia added: "I’ve been facing top competitors for a long time, but sometimes you get a little over your head. I didn’t prepare myself as well as I should have mentally in Puerto Rico. All the people in Puerto Rico were great, but it was a little hard to stay focused. Every fight can’t be easy.

 

"Puerto Rico was a great experience, but I’m happy to be fighting near my home. I love fighting here. There’s something about this atmosphere here that motivates me. They support not only the Puerto Ricans but I have all kinds of crowds behind me at Barclays Center."

 

 




Despite being a huge outsider with just about everyone including some of his own family Salka remains incredibly confident of producing the upset of the year come Saturday.

 

"I’d have laughed with you if you told me six months ago I’d have this fight,” said Salka. “But a lot of things happen over time in boxing and that’s one of the beautiful things about it. You win some fights and catch a couple breaks and the opportunities open up.

 

"My style is going to be the same against Danny as it always is. I am what I am. He’s going to be the bigger guy but that doesn’t make any difference to me. I’m going to do what I do and he’s going to have to adjust to that.

 

"I never listen to the outside noise. If confidence is a problem for you at this level, you’re not going to make it very far. I block all of that out and live in the moment and further my career.

 

Salka added: "I’m going to beat the best 140-pounder in the world Saturday night, no doubt about it.

 

"You can’t be any more motivated than I am for this fight. I know I’m deserving of this shot and we’ll see what happens when we’re in the ring.

 

August 6, 2014







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