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Fight Week begins for Danny Garcia and Jose Benavidez Jr.. Quotes

Workout at Gleason’s Gym

Fight week is here. Two-division world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and his opponent  Jose Benavidez Jr. showed off their skills during a workout at world famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn ahead of their fight at Barclays Center this Saturday.
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Danny Garcia. Photo by Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Danny Garcia: quotes

“I’m excited to be back at Barclays Center. I can’t wait. I’m here to show the world that I’m ready for this weight class. I feel strong and I want to go in there and make a real statement,” Danny Garcia said about his super welterweight debut.
  “He’s going to see what I bring into the ring on Saturday. I’ve had the right sparring for this fight and I prepared perfectly. It was really a perfect camp.”  
How does he feel at super welterweight?  “It’s not about weight, it’s about skill. You don’t become a three-time world champion because you’re just bigger. It’s about skill and technique and that’s what we bring to the table.  
Danny Garcia. Photo by Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

What are Garcia’s career goals?
  “The only goal is to get this ‘W’ on Saturday, then we’ll start setting new goals. I expect Benavidez to come to fight, other than that, just expect me to do my thing.   I’m going to be really strong on Saturday. This is a good weight class for me, especially at this point in my career. There’s a lot of good fighters in the division for me to fight.”   What’s different in his boxing skills at this point of his career?

  “I have more strength, more stamina, I’ve done more sparring because I’m at this new weight class. This is the most rounds I’ve ever sparred in camp. Everything we do, we did it more this camp.”  


Jose Benavidez Jr.. Photo by Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Jose Benavidez Jr.: quotes

Jose Benavidez Jr. is ready for the challenge.

“I’m coming in with a bang. I take every fight like it’s the biggest fight of my life. I’m excited and I’m ready to go,” he said after his workout.   “I’m glad that Danny is confident. He’s going to find out on Saturday that 154 pounds isn’t for him. I fought Terence Crawford on one leg and gave him a fight.
I know what I’m capable of and I’m going to fight like that.”  

What’s Benavidez’s mindset? “I’m not worried about what Danny is bringing. I know what I’m capable of. I trained hard and I’m doing this for my family.  I feel great fighting at this weight. I’m a big guy. We had a tremendous training camp and I’m extremely motivated. I feel better than ever.”

Jose Benavidez Jr. Photo by Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

How’s Benavidez’s leg and how is he feeling now?  

“My leg feels great. The biggest thing with this camp is that I’m happy. For all of these other camps I’m far away from my family but this camp we did it back home in Seattle. I just feel like this is my time to shine. My last fight I was trying to do too much, and because of that, I didn’t do anything at all. Everything happens for a reason and I feel ready to fight. I know that I can beat the best at 154, it starts with Danny.”

Adam Kownacki. Photo by Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Barclays Center on Saturday

The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9P.M. ET and will also see Polish Brooklynite star Adam Kownacki returning to the ring to face Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen in a 10-round heavyweight attraction, while unbeaten rising star Gary Antuanne Russell faces former two-division champion Rances Barthelemy in a 10-round showdown to kick off the telecast.  

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