Former two-division world champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia 34-2 (20) will be gunning for a knockout when he clashes with veteran contender Adrian Granados 20-6-2 (14) at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California on April 20.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday at the Palms Restaurant in Los Angeles, Garcia said he wants to be the first person to put Granados away inside the distance.
“My mentality is that I have to stop Granados,” the 30-yearold from Philly said. “Nobody has stopped him and I have to do that to make a statement. He’s never fought a counterpuncher like me and I’m definitely the hardest puncher he’s faced. I’m going to showcase everything to get the stoppage.
“This is another fight for my legacy. There have been a lot of great fights in my career and this is another important one for me. I know he’s coming to fight, but I’m looking to make this one of my easiest wins.
“He’s a tough and aggressive fighter who likes to throw a lot of punches. He’s hungry, and that’s the type of guy that you have to watch out for. I’ve got to handle my business against Granados before I look to any bigger fights.
“This is a big platform for me to perform on. I’m going to show the world why I’m one of the best fighters in the world.
“I plan on winning with style. I’m going to bring a lot of skill, a lot of will, a lot of power and I’m going to entertain my fans. April 20 will be the ‘Danny Garcia Show’.”
Granados warned Garcia not to underestimate him, saying his hard road to get him to where he is will give him the edge.
“This is going to be a great fight. We’re two fighters who bring it. I’m coming for a victory in dominating fashion. This is the fight that I’ve wanted for a while now,” said the 29-year-old Granados.
“I haven’t had the easiest road and that’s why I’m looking to get my respect in this fight. I’m looking forward to this. It’s going to be a barnburner. May the best man win.
“If he’s underestimating me it will definitely be a big mistake on his part. I don’t think he will though. I think he realizes now he’s in for a fight. If he didn’t know me before, he does now. I’m going to give him a piece of my mind April 20.
“I was never taken care of coming up. I always had to work harder to get to where I’m at. Danny and I basically had the same accolades in the amateurs, and I always gave him kudos for what he’s done in his whole career, but he doesn’t know what I’ve gotten through to get here.
“I’m coming to get my respect in this fight. I’m going to make Danny fight and see what he’s made of. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder but being able to take out a fighter like Danny is motivating me to another level.”