by Victor Salazar
BROOKLYN - Undefeated welterweight world champions Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they headline SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, this Saturday, March 4 in primetime from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Also in attendance Thursday and opening the broadcast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were undefeated rising star Erickson Lubin and once-beaten knockout artist Jorge Cota, who meet in a super welterweight world title eliminator.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
"This fight has been brewing for a long time. Both of us wanted this fight. There's a reason why this fight is happening. We're young, we're hungry and we're not trying to wait around. It's time for this to go down.
"I've had a great camp. This is nothing new to me. I'm happy to be in this moment with all these people here. I've had a dream since I was a little boy to be not just your average champion, but to be a great champion. Before I had that dream, Ben Getty believed in me and it's because of him that I'm where I'm at today. He predicted this before anyone.
"Danny is a smart fighter. He's swift. He keeps rising to the top. He knows he has people underestimating him now and that fuels him. For me, I'm fueled by legacy. I want greatness for myself.
"It's Danny's reputation against my reputation. We're both prideful fighters. You're putting two of the best together. He wants to prove that he can be a unified champion in two divisions and I've been waiting for this opportunity to get fights like this. I want to show how and why I'm better than my competition. Saturday night is my platform to show the world how great of a champion I am.