Danny Garcia On His Fight With Kendall Holt

 Danny Garcia, Top Undefeated Junior Welterweight Contender

“I feel blessed, just for being recognized that I have the talent.[For Hopkins to] recognize my hard work and dedication. I’m just blessed now, and it’s motivating me more to shine on October 15.

“I never rely on my power because that can’t win you a fight. I rely on my skills. I think I use my brain, and I break my opponent down and land the big shots. So my power is just my last resort.

“I know I got more mature since I turned pro.I’m a lot smarter and it’s a chess game in there. So now when I feel like a guy’s kind of outsmarting me a little bit, I stay relaxed and I just try to figure it out.

 

“It was definitely a growing process. I learned how to be a smart fighter and not go in over anxious and just set the pace.

 

“I just feel strong, and we had a great camp. I’m just anxious to show the world what I can do. I’m ready. I wish it was tomorrow.

 

“I watched Kendall Holt’s last fight and I said to my dad, ‘I am going to fight the winner of this fight.’So I feel like I predicted my future a little bit.

 

“Holt isn’t going to touch me like he did to his last opponent.You can’t hit what you can’t see.

 

“I feel like I took my time. I have had 21 fights; I never rushed and was like, ‘Yeah, go ahead and put me on HBO,’ or begged for it. It came to me when they thought I was ready. I know I am ready, so we took the opportunity and we trained hard.”

 

 

Dewey Bozella, Top Undefeated Junior Welterweight Contender

 

“When I was young, I was bitter because I never thought I’d get out of there [prison].I thought I’d die in there.

 

“I came to Bernard Hopkins’ camp and I was approved to fight.Thank God for that. I worked hard and it paid off.

 

“I’m not going out to lie down; I’m going out to fight. I’m not going to let this guy come and whip my butt.

 

“[On being able to have his first professional fight] it’s just like getting out of prison. It is a new experience.

 

“I always thought I had a chance to get out.People said, ‘Ah, it’ll never happen, it’ll never happen,’ but it did happen.

 

“I want to get this [fight] over with and then I want to open my own gym.

 

“My goal is to help young kids as well as adults to help turn their lives around and keep out of trouble.

“[My gym is going to be for] whoever comes in, but it’s going to be for the kids.

 

“I am a professional fighter. I’m here.

 

“[On earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in prison] I always said, ‘How can I give something back to society if I have nothing to offer?

 

“I knew I was getting out of prison.Either I was going to die in there and go out in a box, or I was going to walk out of there.”

 

 

Naazim Richardson, Hopkins’ Trainer

 

“You can’t underestimate Dawson in any way, shape or form.

 

“Pascal and Pavlik were supposed to be the guys running the sport. I said if you can beat these kids, you can beat anybody.

 

“I love boxing. I love the sport. And this guy [Hopkins] is boxing.”

 

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