PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - August 29, 2018  
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Story & Photos by John DiSanto


Philly’s Danny “Swift” Garcia, 34-1, 20 KOs, held an open workout for the media on Wednesday, in advance of his anticipated clash with Shawn Porter, 28-2-1, 17 KOs, for the vacant WBC welterweight title, scheduled for September 8th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. 

Garcia looked fit and ready for the fight, and the atmosphere at the DSG Boxing Gym felt looser than it has been in many of his previous bouts. The overall feeling was that Danny was on the brink of regaining a world title, something that has been lacking from his life the past 17 months. 

Garcia’s loss to Keith Thurman in March 2017 left him belt-less for the first time since 2012. All indications were that Team Garcia – Danny and his outspoken father Angel Garcia and brother Eric Garcia - were eager to reclaim their place a top the 147 pound division. 

The Garcia-Porter fight will be televised live on Showtime. 

“This gives me the chance to become a four-time world champion (two at 140 and two at 147), and I look forward to that chance. The WBC title is mine. I take nothing away from him, and we prepared for the best Shawn Porter.” 

“I never left. You feel me? It’s just getting that world title back. That’s it. I’m always going to be a top fighter. I give fighters their biggest paydays. I fill up the seats. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.” 

“In boxing they say, ‘the more you throw, the more you’re open to get hit’. If you’re throwing, it’s got to be effective. Volume punches aren’t always effective. I’m the sharper boxer, cleaner puncher. That’s my style, and I throw a lot of punches too. I throw more than 600 punches a fight. That’s a lot.” 

“We prepared ourselves for 12 hard rounds. We prepared ourselves for whatever.” 


“I don’t hold bad on nobody, because I’m not that evil. I don’t hate nobody. Hate is a big word. But what is ours is ours, and we want what’s our back. He (Porter) wanted this. Destiny means what is meant to be. This is destiny for us. For him (Porter) it’s a wish.” 

“(What we’ve seen in Porter so far) is the perfect style for Danny. Now is he going to come like that? That we don’t know. But whatever he comes (like), we ready for anything.” 




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - August 29, 2018