Garcia will have family in his corner, as usual

Danny Garcia.
Danny Garcia. (Associated Press)
Posted: August 09, 2014

Erik Garcia said he would not do the menial tasks of professional boxing - the water bottle squirting, glove lacing, hand wrapping, and tape cutting - for anyone else.

The 28-year-old has worked the corner of his younger brother, Juniata Park's Danny Garcia, since he started boxing at the Harrowgate Boxing Club.

Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 knockouts) will have his brother with him Saturday night when the light-welterweight champion fights Rod Salka (19-3, three KOs) in a 10-round nontitle fight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

The fight was scheduled to be a title defense, but the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association refused to sanction it because of Salka's low ranking.

Erik Garcia is second in command in Garcia's corner, working under his father and head trainer, Angel Garcia.

"I think it motivates Danny because he believes in us," Angel Garcia said. "You need to trust the person in your corner, and who better than your own family?"

Erik Garcia once aimed to be a boxer, but his plans were put on hold with the birth of his daughter when he was 15 years old. He fought six amateur fights, winning them all. His father often tells him if he gets in shape, he could find him a professional bout.

Danny Garcia, 26, said the brothers "were always side by side" growing up in Juniata Park. They come from the same struggle, he said.

"What's mine is his, and that's how it has always been," the champion said.


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