Los Angeles- Former WBC World Welterweight Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia will look to bounce back to victory as he takes Mexican welterweight contender Adrian “Tigre” Granados on April 20, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, in Southern California. The event will be televised through another installment of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes starting at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
Both welterweights faced off for the first time in their press conference in DTLA as they promised the fans to live up to the venue’s reputation of “The War Grounds.” The fighters engaged in entertaining trash talk and delivered comebacks that caused laughter to erupt amongst the media members in attendance.
“It’s a fight, I expect him to be confident,” said the former WBC welterweight champion. “But his ass is grass. I’m a lawnmower, baby.”
When asked about his thoughts on being the underdog against the Philly native, Granados assured he’s no stranger to being the “B-side” and is staying in great shape preparing to pull off an upset.
“I’m definitely coming with it,” said Granados. “As far as cutting grass, ain’t nobody cutting grass better than a Mexican.”
With only two close-card defeats in his record, Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) along with his father and trainer Angel Garcia have been making a name for themselves in the junior welterweight and welterweight division for years. Though often criticized as what the boxing community refers to as a “cherry picker,” Garcia has been in the ring with admirable opposition such as Argentinian power puncher Lucas “La Maquina” Mathysse, Amir “King” Khan, Paulie Malignaggi and the Mexican Legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales.
Garcia suffered his first loss at the hands of current WBA World Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman in their welterweight unification fight back in March 2017. When Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) vacated the WBC belt due to inactivity, Garcia had the opportunity to fight to regain the title against the very aggressive Shawn “Showtime” Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) last September. Losing in all three judges scorecards, Garcia came up short on becoming champion once again and hopes to chase after another title belt should he defeat Granados in April.
“My mentality is that I have to stop Granados,” said Garcia. “Nobody has stopped him and I have to do that to make a statement. He’s never fought a counter puncher like me and I’m definitely the hardest puncher he’s faced. I’m going to showcase everything to get the stoppage.”
As for Granados, though he has multiple losses in his record, he’s known for delivering entertaining performances and has been in the ring with names like Dominican southpaw Javier Fortuna and the infamous Adrien “The Problem” Broner. Granados and Garcia share a mutual opponent in Porter, both going the distance with the current WBC champion. However, Granados told the media he truly believes he could be the first to knock out Garcia.
“I’m coming to get my respect in this fight. I’m going to make Danny fight and see what he’s made of. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder but being able to take out a fighter like Danny is motivating me to another level.”
A participant in the undercard of the first televised showcase of PBC on FOX on Jan. 23, 2016, Garcia against fight veteran Robert Guerrero peaked at 3 million viewers. This April 20, Garcia hopes to draw an even bigger crowd against Granados in this Puerto Rico vs. Mexico welterweight bout.
Fans can live stream the fights on the FOX Sports app, available in English or Spanish through the FOX or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, in association with DSG Promotions, are on sale now starting at $30. As we know, there is no bad seat at the Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly known as the StubHub Center. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com or the Dignity Health Sports Park box office from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
You can watch the short press conference below.