Danny Garcia vs Jose Benavidez

Two-division world champion and Brooklyn fan favorite Danny “Swift” Garcia has spoken of feeling invigorated by his free time. Meanwhile, exciting contender Jose Benavidez Jr. predicted their super welterweight showdown would be the ‘fight of the year’ during a virtual press conference on Tuesday ahead of their clash on Saturday, July 30, live on SHOWTIME from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event. During the virtual press conference, the fighters were joined by their respective fathers and trainers, Angel Garcia and Jose Benavidez Sr.

For former welterweight and welterweight champion Garcia, this fight marks his extraordinary welterweight debut as he looks to enter contention in the stackedweight division. Phoenix’s Benavidez, the older brother of two-time undefeated super middleweight champion David Benavidez, can add a signature win with a win and launch into the 154-pound title picture.

Tickets for the live event, promoted by TGB Promotions and DSG Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at seatgeek.com and barclayscenter.com. Tickets are also available at the American Express box office in Barclays Center.

Here’s what attendees of the press conference had to say on Tuesday:

DANNY GARCIA

“It’s my 11th fight on SHOWTIME, and it’s been a trip to make history at Barclays Center or wherever we fight. I’ve been out a bit, but I’m back in the gym like I never left him. I feel great mentally, physically and spiritually. I’m ready to give the fans a great fight.

“I have a lot of young guys in this camp here with me, and they keep me on my toes. The hunger they have gives me this motivation. Boxing is an exhausting sport, so you have to find time to have fun. I start over, and I know no one can touch me once I’m happy.

“I have been fighting at 140 and 147 since the amateurs, for 13 years. I always felt that my natural weight was more important and I tightened myself. I feel like this weight fits me well. I feel young and fresh. I am strong and with much more stamina.

“I have a lot of Mexican fans and they love me everywhere I go. I love all the fans around the world. Latinos love my rules. When Danny Garcia steps into the ring, he represents all Latinos.

“I’m going to go out there and fight my fight. I don’t put any extra pressure on myself. I will fight the Danny Garcia fight. I have to use all my tools and all my skills and achieve victory.

“I felt the atmosphere at Barclays Center during the Gervonta Davis fight, and I felt what I was missing. I went there to feel that motivation, and it was great. We’re going to give everyone a good night, just like that last fight.

“I was in the first main event at Barclays Center, and I’ve built a fan base there over the past ten years. Brooklyn is the perfect place to build a fan base, and I’m honored to be a part of it. in the history of Barclays Center.

“I have been fighting at the highest level for ten years. It’s just as a human being that you’re a little mentally tired. I needed a break from missing boxing. I knew that once I was back in the gym motivated and missing the sport, no one could beat Danny Garcia.

“You can’t just fight to learn. You have to watch and see these young guys training at the gym. I needed time to feel good again, and I felt good. The results look good. When I’m happy, I’m a dangerous man.

“Every fight you learn from. Even when you win, you have to take what you can, learn from it, and use it in the next fight. The fight with Errol Spence Jr. was competitive and fun, and we’re ready to take it to the next level.

JOSE BENAVIDEZ JR.

“A win over Danny Garcia is a big step for me. The winner of this fight will move up the rankings. We’ve both lost before, and I think that made us stronger fighters. We learned from our Mistakes. We’re gonna be dropping bombs all night. Stay tuned because it’s going to be the fight of the year, I guarantee it.

“I want to thank Danny for giving me this opportunity. He’s a great champion, a powerful puncher, and I’m ready. I trained hard and prepared to do it.

“I take every fight like I’m fighting the best of the best. I don’t focus on the record or anything. I focus on what I have to do. Puerto Rican and Mexican fans will be there, and it will be a great show. I’m training hard and I’ll be ready to go tomorrow.

“Danny Garcia is one of the best of the best. I grew up watching Danny and wanted to fight him for a while. I felt like Danny Garcia was a bigger name than a possible fight against Erislandy Lara , so I chose it. It will be fireworks.

“I was too focused to try to take the guy out in my last fight. I have to stick to my game plan and do what I do best. I feel much stronger and more mature now. The KO will come by itself. I will do whatever I have to to end the night victorious.

“My last opponent was running and running, and I can’t wait to face Danny. I hit hard, he hits hard, so there will be a knockout if we look for him. I’m staying in shape and I’m focused.

“I want to fight the best of the best. I don’t dodge or dodge anyone. I don’t care about the file. I train to win. It’s an exciting fight with Danny, and it’s a fight the fans will want to see. Danny was the perfect choice for this opponent.

“I know what I am capable of and I know what I can do. The most important thing is to stay focused in training. I feel like it’s the most motivated I’ve been since the start of my career. I work hard for my daughters. It’s not about me anymore.

ANGEL GARCIADanny’s father and trainer

“Danny is perfect for 154 pounds. It’s a new era for him, and it’s time. There’s a time for everything, and our time is now. We have a perfect opponent who will come and bring us the fight. He has Mexican blood, and we have Puerto Rican blood, so there will be fireworks on July 30.

“Danny is ready for 154. He is ready for all the big names. Many of these fighters talk a lot; Well, now we’re here for them. We are not running from anyone.

“Pay your bill and lock SHOWTIME on July 30. We’re going to give everyone a show. Otherwise, head to Barclays Center because it doesn’t get better than big fights in Brooklyn.

JOSE BENAVIDEZ SR., the father and trainer of Jose

“It’s an honor to face Danny Garcia and his dad. He’s one of my favorite fighters, but we have to work at the end of the day. We’ve worked hard because we’ll give the fans what they want. they want. I predict a knockout. We need a dish to move up the rankings. Jose not only has to win the fight, but he has to be impressive. Both fighters need this fight.

“Danny has a great left hook and he’s powerful. We have seen what he has done and know what we are getting into. We are facing an animal, but we are ready to give people what they want.

“Jose Jr. has matured a lot and he is ready. He is motivated to provide a better life for his children. When I see how motivated Jr. is, it motivates me too. We are ready to show everyone what they want. Someone gets knocked out.

“I know Danny is coming in really strong, but we give the fans what they deserve. We aim to give everyone the fight of the year. We have to be awesome. I know the Garcias train hard, but we We need this fight. We have to give it our all.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZAPresident of SHOWTIME SPORTS

“We are thrilled to welcome Danny Garcia back to SHOWTIME, as well as Jose Benavidez Jr. They are two versatile fighters who bring a wide variety of styles to this fight.

“For SHOWTIME and Danny, it’s a bit of a throwback. Almost ten years ago, in October 2012, Danny headlined the first fight card at Barclays Center and made headlines for his first times on SHOWTIME. It’s no exaggeration to say that he was instrumental in helping Barclays Center profile and establish itself as a natural home of boxing on the East Coast.

“Danny is one of the most exciting and famous fighters of his generation. He has fought, everyone and anyone. His resume speaks for itself. True to form, when his first fight at 154 pounds, he wasn’t looking for an easy argument.And he has a very worthy challenger ahead of him in Jose Benavidez Jr.

“Benavidez is a tough, seasoned fighter with a lot of experience and plenty of knockouts. He’s going to bring a fan-friendly style. They are two exciting fighters who can do it all. With these styles and the intensity they get, this is going to be one of the most exciting fights of the summer.

“These fighters are trained skillfully by their fathers, with Angel and Jose Sr. guiding their sons through their careers. Add Adam Kownacki and Gary Antuanne Russell to the SHOWTIME TV card, and it will be an action-packed night worthy of the high standard that SHOWTIME and Barclays Center have established.