Welterweights Danny Garcia and Ivan Redkach collide on Saturday, Jan. 25. Here’s what they had to say during their media workouts.
Danny Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs) and Ivan Redkach (23-4-1, 18 KOs) fight on Saturday, Jan. 25, on Showtime to advance their careers. The winner could find themselves nearing a title fight. The loser could be relegated to the role of a journeyman.
Garcia only has two losses on his record, and they were both close decisions. His most recent loss came in 2018 against Shawn Porter. Redkach’s record has more wear than Garcia’s, which is why the odds aren’t in his favor.
Redkach has lost four times throughout his 10-year professional career. Of those losses, he has been knocked out twice. He’s riding a three-fight winning streak, but falling to Garcia would likely close the door on his chances of fighting for a world title.
On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Garcia and Redkach worked out for the media. Here’s what they had to say to the press via a Swanson Communications press release.
Danny Garcia quotes:
Despite being the favorite going to his bout with Redkach, Garcia is preparing for anything and everything.
“As a veteran, you learn during every fight that you have,” said Garcia. “I’ve been the underdog and won, I’ve been the top dog and won, and I’ve been in the biggest magnitude of fights. You have to fight every fight like it’s your last because it could be. You never know what’s going to happen. You have to be 100% physically and mentally.”
One of the more revealing comments Garcia made was regarding his passion for boxing. He admitted that he hasn’t been fully invested at times, but he is re-centered on the sport now.
“I’ve been boxing for 21 years,” said Garcia. “All of the big fights and all of the pressure, sometimes you get tired of it. Sometimes it takes something happening to wake you back up. I’ve fallen in love with the sport of boxing again. Sometimes you forget what made you love the sport in the first place. Fighting is what makes me happy though.”
Garcia revealed that he might be using his experience with the southpaw Redkach to prepare for a future bout with Manny Pacquiao.
“My mind was set on a southpaw, so after we couldn’t have the Errol Spence Jr. fight, I wanted the next tough southpaw,” declared Garcia. “We’re not looking past Redkach at all, but we wanted the southpaw work for that fight or a Pacquiao fight. We’ll be all ready when those fights come up.”
Ivan Redkach quotes:
Redkach is aware that Garcia is looking forward to a future fight with the likes of Pacquiao, and he perceives this as a significant mistake on Garcia’s part.
“The biggest weakness I see in Danny is that he’s not taking this seriously,” asserted Redkach. “He’s counting on this as a tune-up fight, and that’s a big mistake. This is not going to be a tune-up fight for him.”
Redkach added, “Danny is already looking ahead to a fight with Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao, but before he gets to them, he picked me. I know it’s because I’m a southpaw. But he’s going to get a rude wake up on fight night.”
Redkach needs this win to further his career. He’s confident that he can pull the upset against Garcia.
“This win will change my life, and I’ve already worked my whole life to get to this moment,” said Redkach. “I want to win this fight, and then the biggest fights at welterweight will be open to me. Right now, I’m only focused on my fight Saturday night.”
Not only does Redkach believe he will win, he thinks he will be the first person to knock Garcia out.
“I’m going to knock him out,” said Redkach. “That’s how I see this fight going. We’re going to leave it all in the ring, and I’m going to come out victorious.”
Garcia vs. Redkach can be seen Saturday, Jan. 25, on Showtime, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.