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Garcia/Judah Conference Call Quotes


Danny Garcia and ,Zab Judah took part in a national conference call on Wednesday ahead of their WBA and WBC light welterweight title fight at the Barclays Center in New York, USA on April 27.

 

Below is what Garcia and Judah had to say on Wednesday

 

 

Zab Judah

What’s up, y’all? Five time champion of the world, the last undisputed welterweight champion in the world.

 

 

Danny Garcia

What’s up, guys? Thanks for having me on. I just want to let everybody know I’m having a great camp, really motivated. I’m 110% ready and I can’t wait to show people my skills April 27th on Showtime.

 

Q

I want to start with Danny. Can you talk, Danny, just a little bit about what exactly happened to you with the injury and then your thoughts when it came to the point where you actually had to postpone the fight and move it from February to April?

 

Garcia

Yes, it was three weeks out to the fight. It was Saturday and I was fine. I sparred three different guys. I did 12 rounds. After I got done sparring, I had a sharp pain on my side. I thought maybe it was a cramp or something, but when I cooled down, I couldn’t I put my hands past my head, because I couldn’t stretch because the pain was so severe, so I went to the ER. I got my ribs checked and they said I had a bruised rib. They said that it would take four to six weeks to heal, so I tried to train with it another week, but I couldn’t run or anything because it was taking my breath away. So we had to make the decision I was supposed to spar that Saturday. I couldn’t spar, so I couldn’t go through a championship fight not sparring for three weeks, because timing is everything.

 

So we had to make the smart decision and we had to postpone the date, but now I’m 110% ready and we’re about four weeks out and it’s coming up faster than you know it.

 

Q

So Danny, it hasn’t given you any problems since you were able to go back and spar.

 

Garcia

No, I’m 110 percent ready. We healed it right. We started sparring at the right time. We did a couple treatments. We’ve done our physical training and I’m just strong and I’m ready to go.

 

Q

Okay, Zab, I wanted to ask you about that. Can you talk just a little about the mental aspect of being very close to a very important fight and having it get postponed because you’ve already been probably at that point through, probably well over a month of training camp and it comes sudden where you didn’t do anything wrong. You’re still in good shape. You’re getting ready and your opponent gets injured and has to postpone the fight. What’s that like to deal with the disappointment and have to recharge and get back in there?

 

Judah

Oh, nothing. I’ve been in the game. I understand in this boxing sport that we’re in, things happen. I mean Danny got hurt, Danny got hurt. I mean it’s nothing to that. I just got to, you know what I’m saying, put our cards right and keep on timing about the things that we’re doing and keep a watch on our preparation and our preparation is great; and we just took a little bit of time off and came back at the right time, just stay sharp in gym. And April 27th it’s going to be an explosive night.

 

Q

How is that, how long did you actually take off, like while he was recovering from the injury, because the fight was postponed for a month and a half? Did you take off a couple days, a month, a week, whatever?

 

Judah

I’m in that work zone again, you know what I mean, so I would take off days here and there, you know what I mean, so I don’t know exactly. I know I didn’t take off no straight day, you know what I’m saying? I kept it moving and kept-even if I was just doing conditioning, playing basketball or whatever it was, I was doing something.

Q

When Danny first got hurt and the fight was announced that it was postponed, you had made some comments, I think it was you made some comments that that you didn’t believe that he was injured and that maybe he wasn’t in shape and there was some talk that maybe he’d been seen out partying in Philadelphia leading up to the fight, celebrating the last victory against Morales and maybe not taking you that seriously; and that was the reason why the fight got postponed. Is that still your opinion or do you believe that Danny got injured and, like you said, stuff happens in boxing?

 

Judah

I mean my opinion is my opinion; you know what I’m saying? I mean what has to happen, you know what I mean? I don’t really know, but Danny has got one story. We got another story, but Danny is a fighter, so Danny-who am I to say what really happened to him? I can’t judge that, man. I mean April 27th we’re going to find out everything.

 

Q

Zab, you know you’ve been around. That’s an understatement. This is actually his I guess fourth or fifth champion that he’s fighting in a row and each time the guys he’s fought has pointed to his inexperience as something they would exploit. Out of all those guys, you are the most experienced and most accomplished that he will have fought. What will you bring to the ring that he hasn’t seen before?

 

Judah

I mean, everything, just me coming to the ring, period, you know what I’m saying, Lem? Just from him being in Brooklyn and ... is something that he’s never seen before, you know what I mean? He’s going to experience things that he’s never seen. Like I said, he did open up the Barclays Center. He opened it up with me, you know what I’m saying, Lem? That’s my city. You know what I’m saying? I’m the king of that city and come April 27th we’re going to show it.

 

Q

When you fought Vernon Paris you seemed as though you were-I mean it was like ten years previous. I mean you really brought it and can you say what the difference between you that night and, say, you against Khan and you against maybe the latter half of the Matthysse fight, why were you so much on in that fight and can you be the same in this fight?

 

Judah

Yes, just that my whole focus is different, you know what I mean? When they told me I was going to Brooklyn against the undefeated fighter, like Vernon Paris, I was excited. See, people don’t understand. Fights and people don’t give me, it’s opportunity of things that gets me, you know what I’m saying? I’m saying with me having the opportunity of being the only and last man to unify a weight division, a junior welterweight, because of what the WBC rules are now, so to my understanding there will be no more undisputed champion of the world after this fight is done. So for me being that I did it at welterweight and I’ll come back and do it at 140 again, that’s going to be beautiful to me. So it’s the opportunity that excites me, not the people or the situation.

 

Q

Okay, Zab, thank you very much and good luck in the fight.

Danny, you already talked about your injury, and like I said before, each of the guys you fought, Campbell, Holt, Morales, ..., Khan, they all pointed to your inexperience and your father countered that saying that they weren’t as good as they thought they were. What did you learn and how does it kind of, I guess does it motivate you when you hear that kind of talk? Does that bring out the best in you in those fights?

 

Garcia

I feel like the last fight ... they say they had more experience than me; but I feel like none of that matters when I step into the ring, because that don’t matter when you’re getting hit. When you’re getting hit, it don’t matter how much experience you’ve got. Can you take the punch? That’s the only thing that matters. I’m in great shape. I feel like I’m in great shape, I’m focused and I’m doing the right thing. Nobody can beat me. The only person that can beat me is me and that’s like if I go in the ring not at 110% of shape and I’m focused, I’m ready to go; I feel strong and it’s going to be an epic night April 27th.

 

Q

Your last two knock-out victories over Khan and over Morales, was that a product of your improvement, or was that a focus? What do you attribute those to, because you’d fought Morales, gone the distance with him before, and then Khan was knocked out by you after having you lost to Peterson?

 

Garcia

I guess I would just say growing as a fighter and getting more confident, believing in yourself and that’s what I do. Every time I step into that ring, I don’t care who it is. I always know that I’m going to win the fight no matter if I’m the underdog or if I’m picked to win. I go in the ring with always knowing I’m a winner and that’s what I bring into the ring every time.

 

Q

My last question for you is, you know Zab is a great fighter. He’s been a champion five times and he’s fought great fighters. Do you respect his skills and also what does he bring to the ring that does in fact pose a challenge?

 

Garcia

No doubt you’ve got to respect anybody who puts on gloves. He’s the world champion. It’s not easy to become a world champion in this game, especially with the politics, so anybody who is a world champion you got to give him respect and you got to respect him as a man. I’m never going into the ring not respecting another fighter, because they got two hands just like you got two hands. So any fighter that tells you they don’t respect nobody going into the ring, that’s a lie, because if you don’t respect nobody you’re going to get knocked out underestimating them, so I respect every fighter. I don’t underestimate no fighter. I go into the fight 110% focused and ready and that’s what I’m gonna bring April 27th.

 

Q

But with Zab specifically, is he any different? He’s a southpaw, he’s also very skilled. Is he any different than the last four or five guys you fought?

 

Garcia

We’ll just have to see. We’ll have to see. Anything is easier said outside the ring than in the ring, everything that the story will be told April 27th. You can say you’re going to do this, you could say you’re going to do that. I can say he’s different, I can stay he’s faster. I can say he’s more experienced, but we won’t know till we step in the ring.

 

Q

Danny, what did you see in Zab’s fight with Amir Khan that he could bring up to this fight against you? When you fought Amir, you know how he’s a strong fighter, a quick fighter. What do you see in that fight?

 

Garcia

It was a good fight. I think speed was a problem for him and he couldn’t keep up with him, but this is a different style fighting. It’s a different style for this fight and it’s going to be an explosive fight.

 

Q

Zab, how about yourself? You fought Amir ... before Danny. Do you use that as a benchmark to see what you can do or what should you do to defeat Danny when the fight comes?

 

Judah

No, no, I’m a whole different style, a different fighter than Amir Khan is, you know what I mean, so Amir Khan and Danny Garcia, they fight, you know what I mean? I think that means Danny is going to be a whole different type of fight than Amir Kahn and Danny Garcia.

 

Q

Danny, Zab spoke about the importance for him fighting in Brooklyn in his hometown. There’s a big Hispanic community in New York also. You’re from next door, from Philly. How important is it to you to fight in a big venue like that where you fought Eric Morales in the rematch?

 

Garcia

I’m happy. I’m very excited because I’m happy that I’m bringing a big fight back to the east coast and a lot of people on the east coast they’re missing out on boxing, because there hasn’t been a lot of big championship fights. So just bringing a big fight back to the east coast for the Puerto Rican fans, the Philadelphia fans, the Brooklyn fans, all the fans in the east coast, that means the world to me, because we’re bringing boxing back in the east today.

 

Q

Finally, Zab, you’re a multi-new world champion. You’ve been on the top. You know how difficult it can be. You know the pressure that comes from ... champion. How do you see that as an advantage for you against a young fighter who’s facing for the first time the superstardom where you’ve been before? Could that be a detriment for him and affect his focus?

 

Judah

No. I’m preparing for the best of Danny Garcia that can ever be. You know what I’m saying? When I train, you got to understand, I don’t train for a regular Danny Garcia. I train for like my own fight with oh Mike Tyson or somebody ... Mohammed Ali. This is who I’m preparing for, you know what I’m saying; so when you prepare and get your mindset at a thing like this, you run into nothing but flying colors. You know what I mean? I mean I’m pretty sure Danny is going to come in there; he’ll come in there swinging his hooks. He’ll start with his right hand and he’s going to come in there doing what he’s got to do. You know what I’m saying? And just super going to be ready. But like I said, this is why the fans, to come on out, get your tickets or tune in live at the TV, get your popcorn and sit down and let’s watch this process.

 

Q

Hello, Danny. How does it feel for people to question the legitimacy of the injury after it happened?

 

Garcia

Any time something happens, there’s always going to be a controversy, but I can’t do nothing else to prove it but get ready for April 27th and fight. That’s behind me. I’m looking at the future and now that’s the past and the future is April 27th. I know ... everything is going great, no injuries, no nothing and it’s going to be a great night.

 

Q

Zab, my first question is to you. Pretty much I mean you’re known worldwide. You fought many fighters. Looking at Danny, do you see anything any different in him, or is it just like another boxer?

 

Judah

No, I mean Danny really you respect him as a champion. You respect the skills that he’s bringing to the table. He has youth on his side. He’s a young fighter, he’s coming in. He’s very excited to be in this position and you know what I’m saying? We know Danny Garcia is going to come in and fight hard, you know what I mean; so you got to take that and just prepare for it. The old man showed you what to do, and that’s .... He showed you what ... how to go in there and annihilate these young boys, you know what I mean, and you just got to follow the game plan and follow through. That’s it.

 

Q

Can you talk to me a little bit about your training process, how have you prepared for this fight?

 

Judah

The training has been phenomenal, you know what I’m saying? It’s kind of funny; I went to three different training camps. I was supposed to fight Lamar Peterson first, then the first Garcia fight and then now the second training camp, so it allowed me to get a lot in, you know what I’m saying, a lot of good sparring and a lot of good training, and sharpening up my skills. I think as I sit here today I’m really sharp right now and I’m 100% ready and focused and I’m ready to go 12 rounds. Let’s get it on. I just can’t wait now.

 

Q

You also have elaborated how Brooklyn is your hometown and it’s home field advantage, I guess, something very important for you. Can you elaborate on how important it is fighting in Brooklyn for you?

 

Judah

It’s somewhat like a basketball game or a sport games or a football game. When you’re home you got the fans behind you, cheering. You got the momentum, you’ve got the energy. You know what I mean? It’s going to be a lot of energy in that building that night and you know what I’m saying. I think most of it is, I think most of it and all of it is going to be on my side, you know what I’m saying, but that’s why I want to fight, you know what I’m saying? ... is going there, and showing your skills.

 

One thing overall, when people say you’re Zab, ..., people say Zab wasn’t in condition. Nobody has ever questioned my skill level as a fighter; you know what I’m saying? Everybody said if that Zab Judah we know get in shape and come in there fully prepared and focused 100% like he should, there’s nobody on this planet that can beat him. And I think April is going to show, you know what I’m saying? Like I said, it’s nothing personal against Danny Garcia. It could have been any other fighter in this position. Danny is the champion, and boxing you go for the championship, you know what I’m saying? He got the championship and we’re going to take it. That’s it, you know what I mean? There’s no hard feelings. You know what I’m saying?

 

Q

And Danny, first of all, I know you don’t speak Spanish. I know every time I’ve interviewed you, it’s always been through your dad, but if you could just tell me first of all, how are you doing after your injury? How are you feeling right now?

 

Garcia

I’m doing great. I’m 110 percent ready and I’m training hard and we’re four weeks out to the fight. I feel good and I’m ready to go.

 

Q

What do you want the fans to know from Philadelphia, what do you want everyone, the Latinos, the community here in the southeastern Pennsylvania and around the world pretty much, what do you want everyone to know about your fight coming up?

 

Garcia

I want them to know, first of all, I want everybody to come out and ... Philadelphia ... there’s already a whole bunch of people I know that’s going out. I bump into people in traffic when I’m going to the store, anywhere I go, people tell me, hey, I’m going to the fight. I’m going to the fight; I already got my ticket, so already I know I got a lot of support coming from Philadelphia. I’m pretty sure I got fans in New York, the Spanish fans, the hip hop fans, whatever. I know they’re going to come out and they just want to win. It’s a great night and I know I’m going to have the support. I know I’m going to be ready and I know it’s going to be a good night.

 

Q

Danny. How is your training camp going and who are you sparring with?

 

Garcia

Training camp is going well. I’ve been sparring with a couple local guys, a couple local guys. I’ve got some new guys coming in today, so we’re doing good. You really don’t have to go that far for work and we live in Philadelphia, especially the everybody brings their best in the gym and everybody is tough in Philadelphia. Some of the best work is in Philadelphia and ... We get new guys in today and we’re going to finish our camp with them and be ready for the fight.

 

Q

Zab, Danny, who are you sparring with to get ready for this fight?

 

Judah

I have a couple ... same way, we got a couple of guys that we flew in and a couple guys from ... California. We got a couple local Vegas guys here and you know.

 

Garcia

And training camp has been phenomenal. You know what I’m saying? As far as sparring, I mean I don’t have-I probably went through multiple trainings, I probably went through a total of ten guys already, you know what I’m saying? So a lot of guys don’t stay in camp long with me so they’re in and out, you know what I mean? Hey, we’re prepared and ready to go for April 27th.

 

Q

Hey, my first question is for Danny. Danny, Jose Soman made a statement about a month ago, and in the statement he said that you must either choose this organization’s belt, which is WBC, or relinquish your title. Have you made a decision on which belt you’re going to keep?

 

Garcia

To be honest with you, I don’t know nothing about that. I don’t worry about the policy side. My job is to train for the fight. I’m not worrying about what belt I got to keep going into the ring or the organization is going to restrict me or nothing like that. I’m pretty sure I got this far for this long. He knows how hard I work. He knows the dedication and the fact that ... belt, so I’m just go into the ring and defend whatever title that I defend. I don’t really worry about the policy side of the thing and I just train.

 

Q

And your first training camp for the ... fight, you had ..., sorry, and he mentioned also in the media that your injury was actually a thumb injury and somehow the rib injury came out later. Can you explain that situation?

 

Garcia

Well, I guess when I was hurt he didn’t want to tell nobody it was a rib injury. I’m just thinking how he would think just in case I did keep-just in case I did go into the fight, he didn’t want nobody to know that I was probably injured on my rib. But other than that, I want to know why he would lie, but I don’t know.

 

Q

Okay. And Zab, the last time that you fought in Europe for 140 pound title against a Puerto Rican fighter, the outcome wasn’t so positive. What have you done now to change the outcome for this fight?

 

Judah

I prepared myself different for these fights. Back then, I was never-I mean I ... train ... for all those fights, you know I’m saying? But now my focus ... is totally different.

 

Q

And you’re going to be in your hometown Brooklyn for this fight. For everyone in Brooklyn and for everybody in the world-

 

Judah

And for the record, I only lost to one Latino fighter, that was Cotto. The other ones that I fought I knocked out. Check the record.

 

Q

No, no, I know. I just said that the last time you fought a 140 pound fighter in New York, that’s what I said. My last question to you is what does it mean for you, what does it mean to Brooklyn for you to come out the victor in this fight?

 

Judah

It would mean a lot. We’re in Brooklyn; the city needs a great champion. It need somebody to stand up for the city, you know what I’m saying? That’s for my American fans and Latino fans. New York City is New York City is my city, you know what I’m saying, so I have a lot of Latino friends. I have a lot of African-American friends. I have a lot of friends, period. I have a lot of all kind of friends, races, it’s a lot of-I got everybody in my circle. I just think that it’s our problem again; you know what I’m saying? Brooklyn once reined in the early ’80s and the early ’90s with Mike Tyson and now Zab Judah is gonna come back in and take over again. This time we got an arena to represent it.

 

Q

Danny, you opened up the Barclays Center for boxing this past fall, and there’ll be a lot of fans from Philly making the trip to see you fight. Do you feel like you’ll be fighting at home come April 27th?

 

Garcia

Yes, definitely. It’s an east coast fight in the east. Philadelphia is right next to New York. There’s a great atmosphere. I think when I fought at the Barclays Center that was one of the best atmospheres I ever fought in. It’s a brand new arena. Everything was nice. The atmosphere was nice. The people are nice out there. I got a lot of love out there and they made me feel like I was at home and I’m looking forward to doing the same thing April 27th.

Q

Okay. Absolutely, it was historical. Okay, there have been some criticism over your last win over an aged Erik Morales, but Zab Judah is a resurrected fighter. Is there anything you feel you need to prove against a seasoned veteran like Zab?

 

Garcia

I feel like I have nothin’ to prove, I have to just go in the ring and I don’t worry about what nobody say about me; how I fight, the way I fight, fighting older guys and none of that. That’s not my job. My job is not to match make. My job is not to worry about what people think. My job is to train and get ready for a fight and give the fans of boxing a great performance no matter who is it against. That’s my job. And that’s what I’m going to bring into the ring April 27th, a great conditioned Garcia and he’s gonna go in there and do what he does best.

 

Q

That’s old school right there; I like that. Okay, not to look past Zab, but I know you saw the Rios/Alvarado fight this last weekend. You like to collect title belts these days. What are your thoughts on possibly facing either Rios or Alvarado in the future?

 

Garcia

As far ... I know it was a good fight. It was a good fight for boxing. You don’t stop many fights, I mean they both like to fight and my focus is Zab Judah. Other than that, I really can’t talk about any other fighters. Congratulations to Mike Alvarado. He did his thing and now it’s time for me to do my thing.

 

Q

All right. Well, we look forward to seeing you do your thing on April 27th. Okay, next questions are for Zab. Zab, you fought in New York on a number of occasions. However, this is the first time you’ll be fighting in your home town, Brooklyn. Do you feel any additional pressure fighting at home for the first time?

 

Judah

It’s my second fight ...

 

Q

Oh sorry, okay, I’m sorry about that. I didn’t know that was actually in Brooklyn. Okay, well, being that you’re going to be fighting in the Barclays Center for the first time, is there any additional pressure fighting there for the first time?

 

Judah

No, I think it’s going to be great because you get to have your peers finally get to come out and see me fight. A lot of people always was kind of upset because they could never ever get to come to my fight, because it was always in Vegas. All the big ones is in Vegas or other places. I’m saying now they get to take a train or a bus or drive right there and walk and come check out Super Judah, so I think it’s going to be a phenomenal atmosphere and it’s going to be great.

 

Q

You’ve been around for a long time despite being 35 years old. Do you feel your experience is going to be the key factor in this fight?

 

Judah

I just think that my mindset is different right now and I know it and I know certain things that I do and choose to do, you know what I’m saying? That my mindset is different. And people always say, the fans have said it for years, is that focus, nobody that can beat him. I think that finally I made it to that peak in life right now.

 

Q

And one last question, you resurrected your career many times over the years. You’ve stayed in top shape all these years and you still look like you’re in your mid 20s. What are some of the things you have done to help continue your legacy over these years?

 

Judah

Just hard work, you know what I’m saying? I’ve always been an athlete. Throughout the years, I’ve never been the type of fighter where I’ve never done nothing, I’ve just stopped doing other things, you know what I mean, so I’m always in good shape. I don’t know. Just stay focused. Understand since I was six years old, this is all that I’ve ever done in life; you know what I’m saying? Boxing has only been my only job ever and it’s a job that I love and I take pride in to it. It’s almost a gift and a curse. Sometimes we’re having talents and skills and that allowed me not to train as hard as I should have trained for certain fights, you know what I mean? And I paid the consequences on that. But at times when I did stepped in there and I did put 100% work in, it always came out with flying colors.

 

Q

Things got a little heated between you guys at your last press conference. How’s the postponement ease the temperaments of the any personal animosity that you guys had?

 

Judah

Oh no, never, this is all business; you know what I’m saying? Things like that happen. I think what ... did was beautiful because it allowed the fans and everybody to take place and to bring the light to the situation; you know what I’m saying? It’s probably something that I needed just to light the candle and the fuse under myself and it was great for boxing. It was great for the sport. As far as animosity or somebody like having like somebody really want to be sad, I mean I’m saying my mother sleeps good at night. I’m pretty sure Danny’s mother does, too, so it’s not. There’s no beef.

 

Q

Danny, any hard feelings on your camp?

 

Garcia

I got feelings about this that ... no. It was only for everybody to watch me and ... fighting it ... from the press conference to a great night in boxing and that’s entertainment .... Nobody wants to watch a boring press conference or a boring fight or nobody will watch it. Like I said, they didn’t know, now they know now.

 

Garcia

I want everybody to come out April 27th. It’s going to be a great night for the Philadelphia fans, the Brooklyn fans, the Puerto Rican fans. I’ll be on my A game and at the end of the fight and still champion of the world, Danny Garcia.

 

Judah

Yes, it’s going to be a great night of boxing. I just hope all the fans come out or be locked in by the TV if you’re not coming out. Brooklyn is back, keep God first. Anything is possible and ... that’s it.

April 4, 2013

 




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