icon Updated at 07:32 PM EST, Fri Feb 9, 2018

Garcia: I Learned From Thurman Loss, No Judges, Go For The Kill

Two-division world champion Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) is taking no chances when he returns next Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Snapping a near one year layoff, Garcia will return to the ring against Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) in a WBC final welterweight eliminator. Showtime will televise.

Garcia is back for the first time since losing a twelve round split decision to Keith Thurman last March at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Rios, who is a former world champion at the lightweight limit of 135-pounds, is a very big underdog, but hopes to turn back the odds when he faces Garcia.

Garcia felt that he did enough to win the fight with Thurman - which saw the Philadelphia fighter suffer his first career defeat and lose his WBC welterweight title.

In the fight with Rios, Garcia plans to be more aggressive with his combinations and he wants to end the fight early.

"I learned from the Keith Thurman fight not to leave anything in the hands of the judges. It was a close fight that could have gone either way. I have to go for the kill, so it is what it is," Garcia said.

At the same time, Garcia will not chase the knockout. He wants it to come naturally and because of Rios' solid chin - he knows there is a chance of the fight going the distance.

"Once you're a champion, you're always a champion. On February 17 I'm going to show everyone why I'm one of the best fighters in the world. I've had my best performances in Las Vegas against Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse. Las Vegas is where the stars fight so I'm happy to be fighting there again," Garcia said.
 
"I've been preparing for everything. I've been working on boxing and brawling; it'll just depend how I feel when the fight starts. I'm going to be ready for 12 rounds regardless."