Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter
Final Press Conference
Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME
Welterweight stars Danny
Garcia and Shawn Porter went face-to-face Thursday at the
final press conference before they battle for the vacant WBC
Welterweight World Championship this Saturday, September 8
live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN
BOXINGô and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m.
ET/6 p.m. PT and features a welterweight title eliminator
between Yordenis Ugas and Cesar Barrionuevo and heavyweight
action that pits unbeaten Polish slugger Adam Kownacki
against former heavyweight champion Charles Martin, all of
whom participated in Thursdayís press conference.
The press conference also featured fighters competing in
streaming action on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN
(7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) as five-division world champion Amanda
Serrano attempts to win a world title in her record sixth
weight class when she faces Yamila Esther Reynoso for the
WBO 140-pound title. The social media offering will be
available on SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and on the
SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook Page.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
Thursday from Dream Hotel Downtown in Manhattan:
ďI know Iím the better all-around fighter. I can just do
more in the ring than Shawn Porter, period. Iím going to
prove it on Saturday.
ďIt means the world to me to get this belt back. This is a
new chapter in my career. Iíve been in a lot of great
fights. Iím a seasoned champion. This is a chance to regain
something that was mine. This is one of the moments where I
have to just go out there and prove myself.
ďMy style is totally different than Keith Thurman, so I hope
Shawn isnít going off of that fight. I know Iím a better
boxer than Shawn Porter and Iím going to make sure everyone
else knows it too.
ďI absolutely want to unify with Errol Spence Jr. after I
win. I want the biggest fights. This would be my fourth
world title. All Iíve ever done is face everyone they put in
front me and Iíve earned those huge fights.
ďThis is nothing new to me. Iíve performed at this level for
a long time. Iíve put in the hard work. Come Saturday night
Iím going to get this victory because Iím the better fighter
and a true champion.
ďIím incredibly motivated, but I know that sometimes in life
if you want something too much, you donít get it. Iíve
achieved a lot in this sport. This will just add more
hardware to my collection.
ďI didnít take any punishment in the Thurman fight. I could
have come back two months later. I know that I could have
started earlier and been more relentless, but Iím just going
to take that into this fight and make the best of it.Ē
ďThe way Iím going to win this fight will change the
conversation at welterweight. Youíre going to have to wonder
whether Errol Spence Jr. and Terrence Crawford have what it
takes to beat me. Iím here to put on a great show, win this
title and do it in spectacular fashion
ďIím used to being the underdog. Iíve upset people before.
Iím looking forward to doing what it takes to be that one to
pull it off.
ďStyles make fights. One way or another, Iím ready to do
whatever it takes to win this fight. Thereís nothing Iíve
ever wanted in my entire life more than this. Iím out here
to take it.
ďAnything Danny is coming with, Iím taking it. Itís mine.
Whatever it takes, I will not be stopped on Saturday night.
ďThis means the world to me. This is my goal. Iím a
goal-oriented person. I didnít know when I was going to be
fighting for this WBC title, I knew this was my time. This
title has so much lineage and history to go along with it
and I want to be a part of it.
ďIím setting the tone now for what Danny should expect from
fight night. Heís had this before, but this is my goal and
this world title is mine to take.
ďDanny has to know that heís getting in the ring with a
bull. This isnít going to be an easy 12 rounds. Iím going to
make him earn every inch.Ē
ďItís an honor to be a part of such a big card at Barclays
Center. Iím going to do what I need to do. Iím going to put
on a great performance, and the rest will take care of
ďI think Iíve been the most consistent fighter at
welterweight for the last two years. If I take care of
business on Saturday, a world title shot will be next.
ďMy opponent is going to try to make a big name for himself,
but itís my job to study him and make adjustments in the
ring to get him out of there.Ē
ďIím very happy to be in this position. Itís going to be a
great fight and itís going to be my announcement to the U.S.
Iím very ready to perform on that stage.
ďI know that my power and my relentlessness will make this
an exciting fight for the fans. I hope that Ugas is not
underestimating me, because I want him to be at his very
ďFighting in Brooklyn is exciting. I could not be on a more
exciting or perfect stage for this fight. Saturday will
become the night that everyone remembers for my arrival.Ē
ďAfter Saturday night, everybody will know my name. Iím the
next great heavyweight here in America. I want to make my
splash on the national scene.
ďLast year against Artur Szpilka was an appetizer and this
is my main course for really making myself known as a threat
to everyone at heavyweight.
ďI canít wait to hear the Polish fans and see the red and
white. Itís going to be another awesome atmosphere and Iím
definitely coming to send those fans home happy.
ďI feel like Iíve been getting better and better as I get
more recognition. A world title fight is not that far in my
future. Iím focused on beating Charles Martin first and
letting my performance speak for itself.Ē
ďIím going to go in there and put on a show. Iím going to
get myself back to the position I want to be. Thatís at the
top of the heavyweight division.
ďIím in phenomenal shape. Iíve been working hard for two and
a half months. Weíre back to where we need to be and youíll
see it on Saturday.
ďTraining in the altitude in California is rough, but itís
great once you get here and feel great. Thatís why you work
so hard to get in shape, so you can be twice as good on
ďThere are a lot of great heavyweight out there. Iím glad
that people are giving it the acclaim they deserve. I think
all of those guys are beatable and I look forward for my
chance to prove it.Ē
ďIím so thankful to have this great opportunity to make
history again. Iím going to put on a tremendous show like I
always do and give my hometown fans something to cheer for.
ďCome Saturday night, Iím super excited to grab this title
in a sixth division. It puts me up there with two of the
best fighters of all time in Oscar De La Hoya and Manny
Pacquiao. Iíve won all of my titles by knockout and I have
to keep that streak going on Saturday night.
ďWinning this fight is everything. I hope that Iím doing
something great for young Latinas coming up in the sport.
Iím going to continue to break down these barriers and one
day cement my legacy in the Hall of Fame.Ē
LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment
ďThis is going to be a sensational show this Saturday night
at Barclays Center. This is about as good as it gets. Iíve
said that a number of times over recent years, and thatís a
good thing. This is another show loaded with talent and has
a sensational main event between two of the best fighters in
the world, with styles that will mesh really well.
ďGarcia vs. Porter is a canít miss fight. The winner will
establish themselves as one of the best in the welterweight
division and all of boxing. There will really be no loser,
because thereís no way this isnít an action-packed clash
that lifts up both men in the eyes of fans.
ďThere is really a terrific undercard on this show including
amazing talent off of television. We always have a strong
representation from Brooklyn and this show is no different
with unbeaten rising prospects Chris Colbert, Richardson
Hitchins and Chordale Booker. Plus, Brooklynís own Amanda
Serrano looking to make history once again.Ē
CHRIS DEBLASIO, SVP of Sports Communications, Showtime
ďWe have established ourselves as an industry leader during
an incredible time for boxing. Weíve delivered the largest
slate of live boxing, with the best fighters in the most
pivotal matchups. Our commitment will continue to be second
ďIn 2018, we have delivered 26 live boxing events and 22
world title fights, far more than anyone else. Itís not just
the quantity, but the quality. Weíve had several of the best
fights of 2018 and have presented three world title
unifications and four womenís world title fights so far.
ďSaturdayís main event is a 50-50 matchup that everyone from
Sugar Ray Leonard and Manny Pacquaio to Errol Spence Jr. and
Keith Thurman have seen as an all-action fight where itís
hard to pick a winner. Danny and Shawn have been presented
by our SHOWTIME team 20 times. Weíve seen them come of age,
achieve stardom and even navigate setbacks. It all leads up
to this fight on Saturday night.Ē
BRETT YORMARK, CEO of BSE Global
ďItís been six years since weíve been in Brooklyn. Weíve
hosted 260 bouts, 46 title fights and on September 8, our
30th big night of BROOKLYN BOXINGô. From the start we wanted
to make a commitment to the sport and weíve done that.
ďFights like Saturday help us standout from other venues in
the marketplace. We have two of the best and brightest stars
in the sport Saturday night and we canít wait for them to
enter the ring. We welcome back those who are returning to
our ring such as Amanda Serrano, Adam Kownacki and Charles
Martin, and we also welcome Ugas and Barrionuevo, for their
first fights in Brooklyn.
ďThis is truly an exciting time for the entire sport of
boxing. Weíre going to continue to reach the masses and
provide unprecedented support for our boxing events. Tickets
are moving fast and it should be another electric night.
Thatís what BROOKLYN BOXINGô is all about.Ē