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  Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter
Final Press Conference


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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:
 

DANNY GARCIA


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
 

SHAWN PORTER


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
 

YORDENIS UGAS


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 itself.

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
 

CESAR BARRIONUEVO

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 best.

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
 

ADAM KOWNACKI


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
 

CHARLES MARTIN


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 fight night.

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
 

AMANDA SERRANO

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 Networks, Inc.


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 to none.

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



 

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