Garcia says he is ready to jab Zab Judah

Posted: April 01, 2013

Danny Garcia, Juniata Park's lightweight world champion, was unable to simply raise his hands above his head.

It was just a cramp, Garcia thought after a January afternoon sparring session. But the red welt on his left rib worsened and a hospital trip revealed that Garcia had bruised his ribs just two weeks before a scheduled title defense.

Unable to train, Garcia postponed his fight and after a six-week layoff, the 25-year-old will defend his unified lightweight titles in a 12-round bout versus Brooklyn's Zab Judah on April 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

On a Monday afternoon conference call, Garcia (25-0, 16 knockouts) said he is fully healed and he has been able to return to sparring. His training camp finished strong, Garcia said, and he is "ready to go."

After Garcia's injury, Judah (42-7, 29 KOs) accused Garcia of faking the injury after seeing the shape that Judah was in.

"My opinion is my opinion," said the 35-year-old Judah, who said he remained active despite the postponement.

Garcia said he can not control what others say.

"Anytime that happens, there's always going to be a controversy," said Garcia. "I can't do anything to prove it but get ready for April 27 and fight. That's behind me, I'm looking at the future."

Beyond Judah, Garcia looks to be headed for a rematch with Amir Khan in the later part of the year. Garcia knocked out Khan last summer to post the signature win of his career. Judah lasted just five rounds before being knocked out by Khan a year prior.

"The old man showed you what to do and that's Bernard Hopkins," said Judah. "He showed you how to go in there and annihilate the young boys. So I just have to follow his game plan."

Contact Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com and @matt_breen on Twitter.

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