By Edward Chaykovsky
"Lightning" Rod Salka (19-3, 3KOs) is still in disbelief that he landed a Showtime televised main event against WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16KOs). The fight, taking place later tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, , wll be a ten round non-title fight taking place at a catch-weight of 142-pounds.
The fight has been controversial from the start. Fans and media erupted when Salka, a unranked lightweight, was selected as the next opponent for Garcia, who is recognized as the best junior welterweight in the sport.
"The talking is done. We've been talking about this too long and I'm sick of it. The fight is on Saturday so be ready to come out and see a great fight. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen and I'll talk to you guys after the fight," Salka said.
"I trained hard in California University of Pennsylvania. I've been training there ever since I was a student. It's like a second home and helped prepare me for this fight. The road to get here has been a long time coming. I never thought I would be in this position and here I am."
"When I first started boxing, it was all about survival and staying in the game. I did everything from serving tables, and other jobs so that I could make money and keep the dream alive of getting to this day."