PHILADELPHIA - Days before he enters the ring to fight in his hometown, undefeated world champion Danny "Swift" Garcia opened up his DSG Boxing Gym to media on Wednesday as he prepares to face Colombia's Samuel Vargas in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Saturday, November 12 from Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Photo by Premier Boxing Champions.
Coverage on Spike begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd battling former title challenger Jo Jo Dan plus former world champion Javier Fortuna taking on unbeaten Omar Douglas.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King's Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200. Garcia has teamed up with Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a regional food drive and raise money throughout the promotion.
Here is what Garcia and his father and trainer, Angel had to say Wednesday:
On Keith Thurman being ringside on the Spike announcing crew...
"He will just get an up close and personal look at what will happen to him in March. I hope he's paying attention.
"I am excited to give the Philly fans a great fight. This is an opportunity to give back and that is most important to me. I've been training really hard and I'm going to give 100 percent for my city.
"I am just going in the ring and be myself. Seek and destroy. I am taking this one round at a time. I'm looking to be smart and break him down. When the opportunity comes, I'm taking it and putting on a show.
"I am not looking past this fight. I have tunnel vision and have never looked past anyone. I know he is coming to win, but I am ready mentally and physically to get the job done.
"This is going to be a great night. It's an exciting card from top to bottom. Young local fighters getting a chance to show their skills is great for the sport and great for Philadelphia."
ANGEL GARCIA, Danny's Father & Trainer
"Thurman may be on the outside looking in on Saturday, but he's going to see what he has in store for him in March.
"Billy Briscoe (Vargas' trainer) is another Philly guy like me and I know he's going to try his best. But they're fighting the champ and they know they have their hands full. He may think he knows our game plan but he really doesn't.
"I'm excited for Danny to be fighting at home. It's a great opportunity to give back. I'm expecting Danny to look great in the ring and get the win."