Garcia And Rios Look To Redefine Themselves In February
Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios are looking to put the past behind him as they square off on February 17th. The battle of “Swift” and “Bam Bam” will be the co-headliner for the February 17th event from the Mandalay Bay Events Center, alongside a WBC Super middleweight title rematch, featuring David Benavidez defending against Ronald Gavril.
Garcia, talking to reporters at the Conga Room in Los Angeles made it known that he’s looking at the cracks in his armor from past fights to ensure he doesn’t make the same mistakes.
“I like watching the last three fights of my opponent. I think it gives me a good indication of what he’s going to look like on fight night. I’ve been watching tape of my last fight too so we can get a great game plan together.”
Garcia claims he is putting the loss to Keith Thurman behind him and is “moving forward” in his career, but wasn’t afraid to say he put in a great effort against the currently injured champion.
“I felt like I fought a good fight against Thurman. He didn’t really engage. I thought after the fourth round he was basically shadow boxing. I don’t blame him because you have to be dumb to stand in front of me. We’ll make some adjustments and add to what I already do well. “
Garcia feels this fight is a classic “boxer versus brawler,” and he has to be prepared for anything coming from his opponent.
“I never back down and I know that Brandon Rios sees that in me. I always come to fight. It’s going to be a great matchup with our styles and our determination. “
While Garcia made it known that it is not wise to stand in front of him, Brandon Rios isn’t looking to have his dancing shoes on when they battle in Las Vegas.
“Everybody knows my style. I’m not here to dance, I’m coming to fight. I’m going in there with my heart out to show the world that I’m still one of the best out there.
Rios made mention of his past issues of not being in the right shape or the right mindset for major fights, and claims that the days of a “young and dumb” Brandon Rios are far behind him..
“I used to not always take training and my weight as seriously as I should have. I was young and dumb and I made mistakes. Those mistakes are in my past and I’m in great shape right now. “