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 Last update:  5/8/2012       Read more by David P. Greisman            &
Danny Garcia: If Ajose Olusegun is Next, Then Hes Next
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by David P. Greisman

A month after topping Erik Morales for the World Boxing Councils junior welterweight title, you could find Danny Garcia still riding high on the victory.

And on the night of the Bernard Hopkins/Chad Dawson rematch in Atlantic City, you could find Garcia backstage at Boardwalk Hall. The Philadelphia fighter had made the trip into New Jersey, where he was walking around with a giant WBC medallion around his neck. spoke with Garcia at the arena about his victory and about whats next. Youre wearing a WBC medallion proudly around your neck right now. Whats been going on with you?

Garcia: Yeah. Man, Ive just been busy. Being champion aint easy (laughs). You know, Im just proud. Im happy, and Im ready for the next one. So whats next?

Garcia: Man, I have no idea, to tell you the truth. This is the first time I can actually say I really dont know who Im going to fight. Whoever my manager, whoever Golden Boy want, I just train for the fight. I know your mandatory is Ajose Olusegun. Any thoughts about him? Is that a possibility?

Garcia: Man, like, I never even heard of the dude until he called me out in the press conference, to be honest with you. I never saw him fight. I never heard of him. I heard hes the No. 1 contender for a long time. Nobody gave him a shot. I dont know anything about that, but if hes next, then hes next. You know, I duck nobody. I fight whoever they put in front of me. Hes been saying that its either you fight him or you dont get any fight at all. Is dropping the belt a possibility?

Garcia: No. Ima keep the belt, cause if I fight him, hes going to get beat. If he gets the shot, Ill be happy to fight him and do what I got to do. What kind of boost did that Erik Morales win give to your career?

Garcia: Aw man, it feels good. I learned a lot from the fight. Hes a real smart fighter. Hes old in age, but hes the same age as Floyd Mayweather, but hes smart. I learned a lot of tricks from that fight, and I think thats a fight I needed to step my game up. And in terms of the name recognition that he has, what does that do for increasing your name recognition, your presence in the sport?

Garcia: Its really big because a lot of people win vacant titles against no-name fighters. For me to fight a legend and beat a legend on HBO for my first time on HBO I mean, I fought the guy my first fight on HBO, main event, in Texas, all his fans, against a legend, and I won the fight. It definitely helped my confidence a lot. Im ready to take it to the next level. Youre feeling confident right now. What else do you feel you need to improve on to take it to the next level?

Garcia: I mean, you always going to have to improve. Just improving every fight. Were just working on stuff in the gym, getting better, staying sharp, working on defense and offense. Were just trying to become the complete package. Were there certain things that Morales showed you, or that you felt you did against him that you hadnt done in previous fights?

Garcia: Well, the one thing I did show is heart. I mean, my nose is it wasnt broken, it was just swollen I was bleeding. I showed my heart. Im here for a long time. You got to kill me in that ring. When do you want to be back in the ring next?

Garcia: I want to be back in July, but I dont know whats Golden Boys schedule and Al Haymons schedule. Im just doing my part, and waiting for my turn. Are you back in the gym right now?

Garcia: Yeah, Im always in the gym, man. Im always in the gym, and Im always reading. You said being champion means everything. What about the WBC thing? Youre wearing this medallion very proudly around your neck? Does that belt specifically carry a lot of meaning to you?

Garcia: Well when I was young, I only knew about the green belt. I just knew it was green. I didnt know it was called the WBC. I just knew I wanted the green belt. The green belt is the legitimate title in boxing. Thats the belt that a lot of fighters had. Joe Louis is on the belt. Muhammad Ali is on the belt. So I think thats the belt that everyone recognizes. You know, Im just proud. Any final thoughts for your fans?

Garcia: You know, keep supporting me. I fight with heart and emotion. And were going to be champion for a long time.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at or on Facebook at, or send questions and comments to

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comment by Corelone, on 05-08-2012
This is the last active PR boxing champion left. What happened? Slick boxing, smart and outright nasty fighters. This has to be the doldrums, a slump. Garcia may be holding up the flag, now, but I know...

comment by JibbaJabber, on 05-08-2012
[QUOTE=4Corners]They should do this for the Canelo PPV. Alvarez-Kirkland Garcia-Olusegun Mitchell-Grant Lara-Molina/Quintana That'd my prediction.[/QUOTE] that would be awesome..

comment by 4Corners, on 05-08-2012
They should do this for the Canelo PPV. Alvarez-Kirkland Garcia-Olusegun Mitchell-Grant Lara-Molina/Quintana That'd my prediction.

comment by nycsmooth, on 05-08-2012
I like this new champ & his attitude & Morales ought 2 help him like he's helping Caesar Pablo Cano...I wish Danny all the best of luck...hope he reigns long, not like that punk-ass pretender Alvarez...

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