Philly champ Danny Garcia set for title defense

Posted: April 27, 2013

Danny Garcia, Juniata Park's unified super lightweight world champion, said he wanted to look into Zab Judah's eyes and snatch his soul from his body.

But any soul snatching will have to wait until Saturday. Judah, Garcia's opponent, was barred from the final news conference and weigh-in as Golden Boy Promotions feared a similar incident to January's news conference brawl.

Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs) will defend his titles in a 12-round fight against Judah (42-7, 3 KOs) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Judah, 35, will likely have trouble with Garcia's speed and power. Garcia's bruised rib appears to be fully healed, allowing the 25-year-old to enter Saturday's fight in great shape. Garcia works best when an opponent attacks, leaving the body vulnerable to Garcia's signature left hook.

In November, Garcia used that hook to spin Erik Morales like a top as Garcia defended his titles with a knockout. It was the same hook that flattened Amir Khan last summer.

"He has power. He has the speed, and he's rapidly developing the boxing technique," said Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya.

After a promotional campaign of trash-talking, Garcia said the only thing that mattered was if Judah could sustain Garcia's punching power. And if so, could Judah outthink him? Judah is playing checkers, Garcia said, while the champ plays chess.

"I'm just going to destroy," said Garcia. "My main mission is to destroy. That's what I do. I don't have to talk because I know I can fight."

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