On Thursday, Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios faced the press at the press conference for the WBC welterweight title eliminator, but it was the co-main event that took the spotlight away from Rios and Garcia.
Both WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez, and his opponent Ronald Gavril, used their mic time on Thursday to lay waste to one another in front of the press. The two are preparing for a rematch of their 2017 clash, which resulted in a split decision in favor of Benvaidez, even though he was knocked down by Gavril in the final minute of the fight
The champion was so confident on Thursday, that he claimed that not only would he knock out Gavril, he’ll end his career.
“I’m going to put Gavril into retirement after this fight. I’m going to knock him out. This is going to be the fight of the night so you guys don’t want to miss it. He’s not going to want to box again after I get done with him.”
And even though both men respect the other’s talent following their first fight, Gavril isn’t afraid to poke holes in the champions game, stating that
“…before the first fight that he was coming to stop me in four rounds or five rounds. He cannot stop me. And now, he said the same thing before this fight. He can’t do that. Why do you think he got a new fitness coach?”
On the other side, Garcia and Rios seemed more focused on getting to Saturday night, especially for Garcia who is riding some extra motivation into his first fight in over a year, telling reporters that “It feels great to be from Philly right now. The atmosphere is crazy. When the Eagles won the Super Bowl, it felt like I won. They motivated me to go out there and do what I have to do.”
Rios is also supremely motivated and feels quite possibly the best he’s ever felt, “I’m going to take advantage of every opportunity. This can make or break me. I’m doing everything right in training and dieting. I usually say I can’t wait until weigh-ins but this time I can’t wait until Saturday.
“There’s no weight issue at all. I’m perfectly on-weight right now. I’m perfectly fine health-wise, there’s no injuries. I’m 100 percent ready.”