BROOKLYN (January 23, 2020) - Two-division world champion Danny "Swift" García and hard-hitting Ivan "El Terrible" Redkach went face-to-face at the final press conference Thursday before they battle in a WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator that headlines action this Saturday, January 25 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
The press conference also featured former unified champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd and Francisco "Chia" Santana squaring off before they compete in the 10-round super welterweight co-feature, plus unbeaten sensation "Cool Boy Steph" Stephen Fulton Jr. and fellow unbeaten Arnold Khegai previewed their super bantamweight title eliminator that opens SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and DSG Promotions, are on-sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and barclayscenter.com. Tickets also can be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from the Tillary Hotel in Brooklyn:
"It's been a long, 10-week training camp putting in the hard work. We did everything we were supposed to do. We covered everything we needed and we're ready to go. I'm glad I had a safe camp with no injuries, because you should see the best Danny Garcia on Saturday night.
"It feels great to be back at Barclays Center. This feels like my home away from home. My fans from all over will be here and I'm excited to show my skills for them. I feel like I have unfinished business in Brooklyn. On Saturday, we're going to get the job done.
"Every fight from now on is a fight for my legacy. I'm a young veteran now. I feel great and I know that I'm one of the best fighters in the world. I'm here by popular demand. The rankings are what they are, so I just go in and do the fighting. I'm focused on showing the world that I'm a force to be reckoned with.
"I'm not Devon Alexander and I'm not any of the people that Redkach has knocked out. Don't try too hard in there because you might knock yourself out.
"There's no pressure on me. I just have to go in there and get this victory. Whatever the future brings I'm ready, whether it's Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao. None of it happens without a win on Saturday.
"My mind is fully focused on Saturday night. I trained 10 weeks for this fight and I can't overlook him. He wants to have a breakout fight, but I'm prepared for what he brings to the table. After that, I'm ready for whoever wants to fight me.
"I think fighting Zab Judah in Brooklyn was my favorite at Barclays Center. He was from Brooklyn and we had a lot of bad blood, it was a crazy atmosphere. Every fight at Barclays Center has been a great experience though.
"I just have to stay locked in mentally, while also enjoying every minute of the buildup. You have to embrace every minute and make the most of it.
"It doesn't matter who I beat or who I lost to, come Saturday night, Redkach is going down. I've worked too hard not to leave Saturday with this win."
"I want to thank my team and everyone who was with me during training. This Saturday night I'm going to give everyone a great fight. Thank you to Danny for taking this fight, we're going to put on a great show. You don't want to miss it.
I had a very long camp for this fight. It was a really good camp. We had a routine that we worked on and we're going to use it in the ring on Saturday night.
"Danny García is a good fighter, but I have a game plan. That game plan is going to end with me knocking him out. You're all going to see it on January 25.
"I respect Danny García and what he's done, but what I'm bringing to the ring will be the best performance of my career.
"It's going to be a very exciting fight for the fans. Danny García has lost in the arena before and I'm going to make it happen again. This is going to be a very interesting fight.
"Fighting at welterweight lets me work on my skills and my strategy even more during training. I have more power and I feel like a smarter and more prepared fighter at this weight.
"I know that he picked me because I'm a southpaw, but I'm ready to give Danny a rude wake up. If he's not 100% and focused mentally, he's going to be in trouble when the bell rings."