By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | July 30, 2018
The Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter New York Press Conference took place today the Dream Hotel in downtown Manhattan where all attendees were given a glimpse of what is scheduled to come full circle on September 8 Live, on SHOWTIME® from Barclays Center.
Both former Welterweight champions battled in a war of words with end goal to face each other on fight night. What’s at stake you may ask: the vacant WBC 147-Pound World Title (the green belt), which many feel is the most coveted belt in boxing. Both former champions are gearing up for what’s expected to not just be a battle, but a war. Both men possess the skills needed to become victorious. The question that begs to be asked is how much either man is willing to dish out and take to claim victory.
What’s also intriguing about this matchup is the quality of competition (opponents) that each man has faced in their respective careers; along with a shared opponent in the current WBA (SUPER) Welterweight Champion Keith “One-Time” Thurman; and the fact that both men are trained by their fathers (Kenny Porter, Angel Garcia).
Both men are well liked, loved, and respected by the fans; not only in boxing, but also in Brooklyn. When Garcia and Porter fight at Barclays Center they pack the house and most times sellout the venue. Their styles are action packed which is what boxing fans love the most. Yes, a spectacular and devastating knockout is always a crowd please, but a fight between two men, going toe-to-toe, with nonstop back and forth action is what each fighter brings into the ring. That’s what sells this fight.
Both fighters are tough as nails. Nothing has ever been given to them in the boxing game. They’ve each had to work for everything that they have. Porter, from Cleveland, Ohio, and Garcia from Philadelphia, PA are in a sense “throwback fighters.” They come to fight each and every time they enter the ring. Their fights may not be pretty but let’s face it: boxing isn’t a job where you put gloves and make-up on. This is a sport where you give it all you have and you even more.
This is a fight where both men are bringing their hardhats, shovels, and pails. They are coming into the ring to dig a ditch and to leave their mark. Their foundation lies inside the ring. Come fight night, someone’s foundation will grow while the other’s will remain the same.
Danny “Swift” Garcia – Former WBC Welterweight Champion (Three-Division World Champion)
“It’s the DANNY GARCIA SHOW and I’m coming to fight!!! I am the better fighter. I’m faster, stronger, I just do everything better. I will show the world once again why I am one of the best in this sport. I’m coming to get back what’s mine. It’s a world championship fight. I’m going to work hard, dig deep, and come out with the victory.”
“I’m excited for this fight because I’m a world championship-level fighter and this gives me the chance to be back where I’ve been for so long. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’m just happy to be back and fighting for the title. At the end of the day though, I feel motivated again. I feel more motivated now than I did before the fight. There’s something different inside of me. I’m just going to come to fight. We can dance if he wants, but I guarantee I’m coming to bang with him in the middle of the ring. I feel I’m the stronger puncher, have the faster hands and am the better all-around fighter.”
“At the end of the day, my mindset is fully focused on September 8. I have to go grab this title and then you can ask me to fight anyone. I’ve never turned down an opponent in my career. I’m a fighter and this is what I do. This wasn’t the first time someone has called me out and it won’t be the last. Come September 8, I will show the world once again why I am one of the best. At the end of the day, I have to go in there and make adjustments and do what I do best. I’ll set the tempo and the pace and take it one round at a time. The fans at Barclays Center love me. This is the ‘Danny Garcia Show.’ Whenever I fight here, all I hear is ‘DSG! DSG!’ They are going to be there for me.”
“Showtime” Shawn Porter – former IBF Welterweight World Champion
“I’m excited for this fight. Styles make fights and I believe that I have the best style to beat Danny Garcia. Top to bottom, I’m better than him in all categories: speed for speed; quickness for quickness; movement for movement; power for power. I think for a long time, watching Danny do what he does and hearing him say what he’d do to me, I got stirred up to the point where I really wanted this fight. I made that known after his fight against Brandon Rios and I think that’s why we’re here right now. . Whatever he tries to do I’ll match him. You’ll see my him like no one has ever fought him before.”
“This is a great opportunity to get the fight I wanted for my career. I’m thriving right now and you’ll see it all on fight night. This is a significant fight. I believe I’m the underdog in this fight. I’ve been the underdog my entire career. I’m used to being the underdog and I thrive on it. If I win then everyone comes after me for a fight. I won’t have to chase others around to get a fight. Boxing is our way of life and this is what he’s grown me into. Fight night is like Christmas or another birthday. That’s when we come together the most and make the best of every opportunity.”
“Brooklyn doesn’t like me because of what I wear or what I say, they like me because I come to fight and I entertain. That’s all because of my dad and the tools he’s given me to be the very best that I could be. September 8 isn’t going to be about making the crowd yell and winning them over. That is already done. It is a matter of going in there with whatever game plan we go with and making it happen. The belt is all I want. Winning a title is always special, but beating Danny Garcia for it will be icing on the cake. He’s been a top fighter for a long time and this win will help solidify me. Once I have the belt, the sky’s the limit.” “Winning a title is always special, but beating Danny Garcia will be icing on the cake.”
Welterweight Stars Battle for Vacant 147-Pound World Title Saturday, September 8 Live on SHOWTIME® from Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) will pit two of the division’s biggest names against each other in a marquee showdown of elite welterweights.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with DSG Promotions, start at $50 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP
ANGEL GARCIA, Danny’s Father and Trainer
“I don’t see anything special in Shawn Porter. He comes with his head, he comes wild. We’re going to take care of him and we’re going to work on him. He’s not bringing anything to the table that I haven’t seen before. It’s Danny’s time. At the end of the day we got a fight. Words are just words. I’d give my life for Danny. I’d take a bullet for him, I love him.”
“Listen, when Danny hits him on the right side he’s going to feel it on the left. My son’s power is like nothing he’s ever seen before. Listen, at the end of the night September 8th, Danny will be champion again. That belt is coming home with us and back to Philadelphia.”
KENNY PORTER, Shawn’s Father and Trainer
“We really enjoy fighting at Barclays Center. The energy there is different than any other location. It is a comfortable location for us and it is going to be an exciting night. Training has been different in a lot of ways, but a very good different. We are doing a lot of things that we have never done before and we are excited about that. To do different things that create excitement and make you look forward to coming to train is always good.”
“They will not be prepared for us on fight night. We will start to focus on some of the things that we will do for Danny and in that aspect, there are some things we will have to prepare for differently. The biggest thing is to make sure is that Shawn is ready. We’re going to have a solid game plan that Shawn will know how to implement. We’re going to make Danny adjust to us.”
LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment
“These are two guys who have really made a name for themselves fighting in Brooklyn. They’ve been a part of the best fights in Brooklyn. They are two of the best fighters and most exciting fighters in the sport. This is as good as it gets style-wise, period. These guys get that this is entertainment. These are two guys that entertain.”
“Shawn has come out on the short end a couple of times, and clearly those fights could have been scored differently. They were sensational fights as all of his bouts tend to be. Danny Garcia doesn’t get enough respect, he gets out there and wins. He’s a great fighter who does everything well, which makes him extremely dangerous.”
“These guys have earned this opportunity and the winner deserves the belt. The winner will get one of the biggest fights in the sport after this. Both guys are professionals who know the stakes on September 8. This is going to be an electric fight. The fans will be on the edge of their seats this whole night and you’re not going to want to miss it. These are two guys who know how to fight and will entertain you. Make sure you get your tickets early.”
“As Lou said September 8th should be terrific. I am personally looking forward to it. It adds to our resume of BROOKLYN BOXING. It comes almost right at our 6th anniversary of Barclays Center. Both fighters are veterans in our ring. This is Danny’s seventh fight in Brooklyn and Shaw’s fifth and they have built fan bases here. Our presale in the first few days have been terrific.”
“Danny opened the building for BROOKLYN BOXING almost six years ago and we thank you for that and we thank you for continuing to come back. Shawn’s last three fights have been in Brooklyn. I think you and your dad have been sitting ringside for every fight in Brooklyn and we are thrilled to have you back.”
“We are thankful to be hosting the boxing industry time and time again and we are as committed as ever to bring the best of the best to Brooklyn and doing it consistently throughout the year. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 8th. It should be a spectacular night.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
“Garcia vs. Porter will be the 12th SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event of the year. That is just through September. Adding our other live boxing events, we have done 24 live boxing presentations this year. It is not just quantity; it is high quality. Eight times on SHOWTIME this year alone, there have been top five fighters fighting each other. Here we have two of the strongest resumes not just in the welterweight division, but in the sport overall.”
“Danny Garcia has 12 fights against current or former world champions. There is no question that Danny Garcia has one of the strongest resumes in the sport. I don’t think he gets credit for it and it is time that he does. Of Shawn’s last 11 fights, eight have been against former world champions. He always wants to fight in the very best fights.”
“Between the two of them, they have fought on SHOWTIME and/or CBS combined 20 times. The best fighters, the biggest most meaningful fights. That’s what we have been doing, and with fighters like Danny and Shawn, we are going to continue to do it.”
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