Garcia: Not Worried About Porter's Head; Tricks Up Our Sleeves

By Keith Idec

Danny Garcia is well aware of Shawn Porter’s reputation.

The rugged Porter typically makes fights rough for his opponents, most of whom complain Porter gets away with using his head when they’re working inside. Andre Berto and Adrian Granados, the last two opponents Porter defeated, both have criticized Porter for head-butting them during those fights.

Garcia and his father/trainer, Angel Garcia, have devised strategies that Danny Garcia is confident will help him avoid succumbing to the physical Porter’s smothering style September 8. Philadelphia’s Garcia explained during a conference call Tuesday that it’s up to him to make sure Porter’s head isn’t a factor in their scheduled 12-round fight for the vacant WBC welterweight title.

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“I’ve just gotta go in there and dictate the pace of the fight,” Garcia said.

“I’ve gotta go in there and fight my fight. I can’t go in there and basically get caught up in his fight. We’ve got some good sparring partners, short guys, about 5-6, who use their heads, who come forward. So me and my father have got the perfect game plan to get away from the head-butts. So yeah, we have some tricks up our sleeves.”

The 30-year-old Garcia doesn’t plan to address Porter’s use of his head when he meets with the referee assigned to their main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“At the end of the day, I’m not really worrying about the referee,” Garcia said. “It’s a fight, so I’m gonna let the referee do his job and I’m just gonna do my job, and that’s go in there in fight. So I’m not really worried about his head. I just have to go in there and fight my fight.”

Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) and Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs), a former IBF welterweight champ from Akron, Ohio, will headline Showtime’s three-bout broadcast September 8.

That telecast also will feature Brooklyn’s Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KOs) and Charles Martin (25-1-1, 23 KOs), of Carson, California, in a 10-round heavyweight bout. Showtime’s tripleheader is set to start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a 12-round WBC welterweight elimination match that’ll pit Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas (23-3, 11 KOs) against Argentina’s Cesar Barrionuevo (34-3-2, 24 KOs).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by theface07 on 08-24-2018

Whatever happened to that St. John's Gent guy who was an obsessive DSG fan? Ever since Danny lost to Thurman, it seems like he disappeared. Maybe that guy was Angel and was too ashamed that Danny lost a fight. There…

Comment by BLASTER1 on 08-23-2018

World level you come across all kinds of styles. If the ref lets the fight go then Porter can use whatever tactics he feels like aslong as the ref allows it. Don't blame the fighter blame the ref if ya…

Comment by Kurttruk on 08-23-2018

i'll bet DSG will have his lips and nose busted with blood leaking out of them like faucets lmao. hopefully he'll manage to come up with more uppercuts rather than just left hooks. i mean Porters going to be prepared…

Comment by tomatocantender on 08-22-2018

[QUOTE=powershots;19041604]Left hook vs Head lol. Just like Trinidad vs Hopkins, Tyson vs Holyfield. Im sure Porter is gonna be watching for that left hook. But If Danny lands it and Porter eats it, it will be a long night for…

Comment by powershots on 08-22-2018

Left hook vs Head lol. Just like Trinidad vs Hopkins, Tyson vs Holyfield. Im sure Porter is gonna be watching for that left hook. But If Danny lands it and Porter eats it, it will be a long night for…

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