Broner vs. Garcia Media Call

By Caryn A. Tate on July 20, 2017
Broner vs. Garcia Media Call
Next week's bout is widely viewed as one of the toughest fights of both boxers’ careers.

On Saturday, July 29, Adrien Broner faces undefeated Mikey Garcia live on SHOWTIME from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York…

On Saturday, July 29, four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) faces undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) live on SHOWTIME from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The bout is widely viewed as one of the toughest fights of both boxers’ already impressive careers.

Kicking off the television broadcast, Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) will take on Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-4, 16 KOs) in a middleweight title eliminator. This will be former IBF super welterweight champion Charlo’s first fight at middleweight as he takes on Heiland, the experienced #1 WBC ranked middleweight.

The impressive non-televised portion of the card will feature fighters Katie Taylor, Noel Murphy, heavyweights Gerald Washington and Jarrell Miller, Rau’shee Warren and McJoe Arroyo, and local favorite Richardson Hitchins.

On Thursday, the four fighters taking part in the televised portion of the card spoke with members of the media on a conference call.

“It was a matter of time,” Jermall Charlo said in response to a question about his weight division change. “With my twin brother having a belt and Erislandy Lara having a belt [at 154 pounds], I felt like there were greater opportunities at 160.” He also discussed the September Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin middleweight title bout, saying, “I have to do what I did at 154 pounds, or else they’re not gonna think I’m real. It’s about fulfilling my dream, and that’s becoming a two-time, two-division world champion.

“Knockout power is God-given. I expect my power to translate [to 160]. I’m feeling a lot better—making 154 was the goal [before] but now my focus is sharpening up myself.”

Regarding his July 29 opponent, Charlo said, “He’s seasoned. He’s a good fighter, he’s strong, and he comes to fight. I’m not taking him lightly at all.”

The subject of Golovkin’s March fight versus Daniel Jacobs arose, and Charlo was frank. “GGG-Jacobs was a great fight. Jacobs showed a lot of heart and he exploited those mistakes GGG was making…GGG got hit a lot more than we’re used to seeing. I know Canelo’s probably thinking about that but Danny is a better fighter [than Canelo].

“I’m not really focused on [Canelo or GGG] right now. I’m focused on getting to where they can’t avoid me.”

The #1 ranked middleweight by the WBC, Argentinean Jorge Sebastian Heiland, spoke via a translator about what a win on July 29 would do for him, and what he had to endure over the past couple of years as he waited for his title eliminator shot. “It’s very important for me [if I win]. During those two years when I was #1 in the WBC rankings, I went through a lot of things, but I never quit, I never quit training. So obviously it would be very important to beat a guy with the magnitude of Charlo in his own backyard.”

Heiland was asked his thoughts on his opponent and being the underdog as far as the oddsmakers are concerned. “I know Charlo is a great fighter, but I don’t feel like the underdog because I have confidence in myself. I came here prepared for battle.”

When it came time for the main event fighters, there were a lot of questions for Adrien Broner about making the 140-pound weight limit (Broner has missed weight three times throughout his nine-year career). “I weighed 144 this morning. I could make weight tomorrow if I wanted to,” he said. “It’s actually been easy. I could’ve done it before but now I have a reason to make 140.”

About Garcia, Broner said, “He’s another star in boxing, so of course it’s a hell of a fight for me and it’s definitely gonna be a defining moment for Adrien Broner.” But later, when a reporter referenced a quote from Garcia stating he intends to show the world he’s a better boxer than Broner, Adrien responded with irritation. “That’s a damn lie, ain’t no way in hell he could be a better boxer than me. Who’d he beat?”

When he was asked whether he would get the credit he deserved if he beats Garcia, Broner said, “Guys like me, they always gotta find a way to not give you the credit.” Later, with regard to ranking Garcia among all of his opponents, Broner said, “I’ve fought a lot of good fighters, but I’m just worried about getting my victory, man. I ain’t trying to get into all that—I’m just in fight mode. I’m ready to fight.”

One reporter asked if breaking one of his hands in his last bout, against Adrian Granados, was the most adversity he’d faced in the ring so far. Broner responded in the negative. “My worst adversity was when I broke both my hands [earlier in my career]. It hurt like hell. But you know, I got through it.”

Regarding his historically flippant attitude toward boxing and his recent promise that the boxing world would see a renewed Adrien Broner, “The Problem” reiterated that vow. “It’s time to take boxing more serious. I’m older, I’ve got experience and I know what I want to do. So I gotta be the best Adrien Broner I can be.”

Mikey Garcia was asked about camp and making a higher-than-normal weight, as the undefeated fighter is moving up to 140 from 135 where he currently holds the WBC world title. “Camp has been great. As far as the weight, that’s never been a problem. It’s just training hard, getting in shape, that’s the number one thing. The weight is not a problem. I’m not worried about it. We’re eating a little more than usual.” When asked whether he intends to return to 135, Garcia said, “I still have plans to come down to 135 to defend my title. But I had to be flexible and be able to adjust and continue with my career. I’m not going to sit around and wait on anybody.”

When Garcia was asked about the status of his opponent, his answer was decidedly different from Broner’s. “He’s the most accomplished fighter [I’ve faced], a four-division world champion and a more recognizable name, so that makes [the fight] a bigger deal. It is a big, important fight and could easily be seen as the biggest fight of both our careers.” Mikey also addressed the fact that Broner was irritable and somewhat combative on the call. “It’s great [that Broner is prepared] because it means a better fight. I don’t want to beat an unfocused, out of shape Adrien Broner. That takes away the credit. At the press conference he was a little too friendly and we’re not friends. This is exactly the Adrien Broner I want to hear.”

Garcia was asked about the fact that Broner is a counterpuncher, and whether this would alter Mikey’s approach on fight night. “We have been working on a lot of things in the gym, different game plans, different sparring partners, so I can be ready for whatever Broner brings. If I have to be aggressive, I will. If I have to box, I will. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to win this fight. I think Broner will be the one to challenge me enough and bring the best out of me. I haven’t had a challenger really push me to that next level and I think Broner is gonna do that. I’m gonna show people another side of Mikey Garcia they haven’t seen.”

A member of the press asked Garcia who, among all his opponents, were the hardest punchers. “I’ve faced some guys who were supposed to be heavy punchers and I haven’t felt it. Zlaticanin was supposed to be [a heavy puncher], I didn’t feel it. Salido too, I didn’t feel it. I felt with some other guys early in my career who weren’t any known names, but I think Broner is probably the guy who hits harder. He’s a bigger man naturally as far as weight. So we’ll find out on Saturday the 29th.”

Garcia summed up his thoughts on the fight: “This is gonna be a great fight, a great show. Broner is motivated and ready to win, and so am I. So that makes for a better fight. The 29th is the beginning of the next stage of my career—a bigger stage.”

Tickets to the Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50 (not including applicable fees), are on sale now, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

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  1. Koolz 05:21pm, 07/21/2017

    Mikey Garcia Irish Mickey!!!!

  2. Koolz 05:04pm, 07/21/2017

    I have Garcia out boxing and Knocking Broner on his butt.
    Then later when Broner loses he has some sort of Mental Break down. honestly he seems rather fragile to me. 

    It’s as if he could snap at any given moment and that moment might come when he is losing rounds.

    Charlo is very intelligent!  Make yourself the mandatory.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:57am, 07/21/2017

    I’m sure Danny did well when sparring with Maidana so why not? Which reminds me….where the hell is Regis Prograis in all of this?!

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:47am, 07/21/2017

    Familiarity breeds disrespect…..maybe Danny feels that if Maidana can do it….so can he! Maidana and Porter were pressure personified…..Danny not so much….I say this is a toss up!

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