Tensions flared as Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and former Four-Time and Two-Division World Champion Zab “Super” Judah formally announced their Saturday, February 9 world championship fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which will be televised live on SHOWTIME.
Garcia, Judah and their camps had to be separated mid-way through Saturday’s press conference at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in New York City after Garcia’s father Angel made comments while addressing the media. Judah took offense to Angel’s promise that his son, the WBA Super, WBC and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Champion would knock out the Brooklyn native.
Few Quotes from the press conference.
DANNY GARCIA, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion
“It’s going to be another epic show. [To Judah] Come February 9th, I’m going to show you. I’m going to knock you out.
“Now there’s going to be a fight on February 9th.
“I am old-school. I always go for the knockout.
“I’m going to punish him. I’m going for the knockout. This is not going past four rounds.
“This is my time. It is going to be a great fight.
“He [Judah] is going to try hard because he is fighting in Brooklyn, and he is in his hometown. He is going to do a lot of barking and I am going to do a lot of biting.
“I won the title in Houston in front of Morales’ fans. I beat Khan in Vegas; he had a lot of fans there, so this isn’t anything new to me.”
ZAB JUDAH, Former Four-Time and Two-Division World Champion
“You’ve got a hungry Zab Judah. Get your seatbelt on because it’s going to be a roller coaster on February 9th.
“When you come into Brooklyn you have to show some respect. [To Garcia] Take your ass whooping and head down I-95.
“Danny is a cool, calm fighter. His dad is the mouth.
“I am not perfect. I make mistakes. I got mad.
“I am too fast, too slick and too strong for Garcia. February 9th is going to be fun.
“My first title fight was on SHOWTIME and now I have a chance to win the unified title [on SHOWTIME].
“It’s a dream to have an arena right in my borough. After 16 years as a professional, I am going to be able to give my borough the championship of the world.”
ANGEL GARCIA, DANNY’S FATHER & TRAINER
“Danny is blessed. I am blessed because of Danny. I train him, Al [Haymon] picks ‘em and Danny fights ‘em.
“Zab was a champion, that was his time, his era. There’s a new era. It’s about Philly right now.
“Danny is still undefeated. We’re not leaving those titles in Brooklyn.”
Photos by Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos and Damien Acevedo
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