Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia and his father and trainer Angel Garcia (Left) pose on October 11, 2012 in Philadelphia during a media workout in preparation for his October 20, 2012 world title rematch against Erik Morales at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Photo credit: Rich Kane - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia (Right) hits the mitts help by his father and trainer Angel Garcia (Left)on October 11, 2012 in Philadelphia during a media workout in preparation for his October 20, 2012 world title rematch against Erik Morlaes at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.Photo credit: Rich Kane - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Philadelphia (October 11) - Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia and his father/trainer Angel Garcia held an open workout at Harrowgate Boxing Club in Philadelphia today as Garcia prepares to face former Four-Division World Champion and Mexican legend Erik "El Terrible" Morales on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia vs. Morales headlines a night of four world championship fights live on SHOWTIME® as world championship boxing returns to Brooklyn for the first time in 81 years.
Tickets priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50 are available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the Barclays Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000.
Danny Garcia, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion
"I think people are taking me more seriously now. It took some time for everyone to realize how serious I am. Then my last few fights showed them that I think and fight like a champion, which is what I am now.
"It is great to have a fight on the East Coast. It is my comfort zone knowing that I will be able to fight in front of my fans, people from Philly and New York and especially all of the Puerto Ricans that are huge boxing fans and know my background and that I am fighting for them too.
"I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to open Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They haven't had world championship boxing in Brooklyn for more than 80 years and it's going to be a really special night for me and the rest of the fighters on the show.
"I can handle my success so far. I try to see everything around me and pay attention to what is going on. That helps me stay in the moment and appreciate what is right there in front of me. I want to enjoy all of it.
"Erik Morales is a legend and in the first fight, I probably gave him more respect than I should have. This time I am the champion and he is the challenger.
"Last time I stood in front of him too long and let him think. I can't let him think. I want to go in there and destroy him.
"That was my first big fight at such a high level and I learned a lot from it. Morales definitely gave me a harder fight than Khan and also gave me a chance to fight for a title. If anyone deserved a rematch, it's Erik Morales for giving me the first chance. That is boxing respect.
"My Dad and I have a great relationship. I know he loves me and has my best interest at heart. We believed when I started boxing at 10 years old that I could be a world champion and our dream came true.
"My Dad and I have a relationship without conflict. He is my best friend and sure, we bump heads, but we always work it out. We understand each other really well and that helps a lot."
Angel Garcia, Garcia's Trainer and Father
"Danny and I both dreamed of having him be a world champion. It's so hard to describe how it really feels for me and him.
"We have a partnership. Sure I am his Dad and I love him like a son. We used to watch fights together when he was about five years old and he would always imitate the fighters on television. So when he was eight, I took him to the gym for a day and I left it alone and waited for him to show me he wanted to do it. When he was 10, he asked if he could go back to the gym and then we started from there.
"It's not about me. It's about Danny. Sure I have an outgoing personality and what you see at the press conferences is just me saying how I feel.It's me showing my heart. I am not trying to take the spotlight because it really is about him as a fighter and that's me as his coach.
"I get him ready mentally, physically and spiritually and that is why he is going to be undefeated for a very long time."
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World championship boxing returns to Brooklyn with an inaugural night of fights at the new Barclays Center on October 20 headlined by Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia against future Hall of Famer Erik "El Terrible" Morales presented by Golden Boy Promotions and supported by Golden Boy Promotions sponsors Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. In the co-featured attractions, Brooklyn's own Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi puts his WBA Welterweight World Championship on the line against hard-hitting Pablo Cesar "El Demoledor" Cano, undefeated number one rated WBO middleweight contender Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin of Manhattan takes on unbeaten Hassan N'Dam for N'Dam's WBO Middleweight World Championship and Devon Alexander "The Great" faces Randall Bailey for Bailey's IBF Welterweight World Championship in a bout presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 11, 2012) WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin is headed to Southern California this weekend to begin training at The Summit in Big Bear, California with heralded trainer Abel Sanchez.
Prior to the start of training, Golovkin, Sanchez and Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions will attend the HBO televised epic double-header at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California featuring world title bouts between Nonito Donaire and Toshiako Nishioka and Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado.
Although specific details on his upcoming fight have not been finalized, Golovkin is anxious to get back into training.
“Gennady has been at home now for about a month with his family in Germany,” said Sanchez. “His next fight will take place before the end of the year and I felt it was better to start camp now.”
“Daniel Geale and Gennady have until December 31, 2012 to fight each other according to the WBA middleweight resolution”, said Loeffler. “Even though Geale is a warrior, he has spoken about fighting everyone else except Gennady. We should have an official announcement shortly about GGG’s next fight”
Golovkin made his US and HBO televised debut on September 1, stopping European champion and #3 WBA ranked Grzegorz Proksa in the fifth round at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.
“The response from Gennady’s last fight has been sensational and we know the boxing world is very interested in when he is fighting again. Gennady is just as excited to get back in the ring” said Loeffler.
All the fighters competing on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 12, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Mo.
In the eight-round main event, former international amateur standout and highly regarded Puerto Rican prospect, Jose "The Sniper" Pedraza (10-0, 6 KOs), faces southpaw Tevin "The American Idol" Farmer (7-3-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia in a lightweight fight.
The ShoBox co-feature at Ameristar Casino will pit hard-hitting Dominican Jonathan "El Conquistador" Cepeda (12-0, 11 KOs), of Jersey City, N.J., against Lamar "The Boxing Que" Russ (10-0, 6 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., in a collision of unbeaten middleweights in an eight-round bout.
Highlights from a fight featuring Jermain Taylor against Raul Munoz and a live interview with Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight champion, will be shown during the telecast
The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions, in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions.
Tickets are priced at $100, $75 and $40 and can be purchased through the Ameristar Casino or by calling (314) 267-2204. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 6 p.m.
Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood serving as expert analyst. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
WEIGHTS: Pedraza weighed 133 pounds, Farmer 133 1/2. Cepeda, Russ and Taylor each weighed 161 ½ pounds, Munoz 162.
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