By Keith Idec
Danny Garcia plans to use Shawn Porter’s aggression against him Saturday night.
As a counter-puncher, Garcia expects to catch Porter as the former IBF welterweight champion comes forward and tries to get inside during their 12-round, 147-pound title fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 31-year-old Porter hasn’t been knocked in 10 years as a pro, but Garcia has pointed out that he has become the first foe to knock out several of his previous opponents.
“Shawn’s style is exactly what I like to go up against,” Garcia said Wednesday following an open workout at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. “I want him to come forward and walk into my counter-punching. I have power in both hands and I’m gonna make him feel it.”
Philadelphia’s Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs), known for his left hook, knocked out Brandon Rios with a right hand in the ninth round February 17 in Las Vegas. He feels he’ll have chances to hurt Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) early in their fight for the vacant WBC welterweight title an injured Keith Thurman gave up late in April.
“If he comes and opens up, I’m gonna land a clean shot early,” Garcia said. “If he can’t recover, then I’m gonna have a chance to finish him. I’m gonna dictate the pace and fight my fight.”
Las Vegas’ Porter predicted Wednesday that his ability to employ multiple strategies will frustrate Garcia. The former WBC welterweight champ promised that he has prepared for however Porter approaches him.