Pandemonium broke out at the press conference promoting Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia’s February 9 clash with former four-time world champion Zab Judah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
It will come as no surprise to most boxing fans that the confrontation was precipitated by Danny Garcia’s father and trainer, Angel. The elder Garcia has been known to his mouth off to previous opponents and Saturday was no exception.
“Every time he’s stepped up, he’s lost,” Garcia said at the podium. “I give him credit, he’s gonna be work for Danny…I say Zab goes down in four or five…Zab’s a four round fighter, he knows that.”
Garcia continued to strike a nerve with Judah, bringing his past failings in the ring, including his iconic second-round TKO loss to Kostya Tszyu.
“Kostya Tszyu was Zab Judah’s time,” said the older Garcia, referring to Judah’s iconic second-round stoppage at the hands of Russian Hall of Famer in 2001. “This is now. This is Danny’s time.”
The Tszyu reference has to be viewed as a low blow. Not only was it Judah’s first pro loss, but it was also among the most embarrassing things to happen to the Brooklynite in his career.
Judah took offense to Angel’s promise that his son, the WBA Super, WBC and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Champion would knock out the Brooklyn native.
“When you come into Brooklyn you have to show some respect,” said Judah” [To Garcia] “Take your ass whooping and head down I-95. Danny is a cool, calm fighter. His dad is the mouth.”
Judah will have a decisive home crowd advantage fighting in his backyard of Brooklyn for the first time in his career.
“It’s a dream to have an arena right in my borough. After 16 years as a professional, I am going to be able to give my borough the championship of the world.”
Danny Garcia does not seem to care where he fights and who’s backyard he has to go to win a boxing match.
“I won the title in Houston in front of Morales’ fans. I beat Khan in Vegas; he had a lot of fans there, so this isn’t anything new to me,”Garcia said.
After all the talk, the verbal attack’s from the elder Garcia was enough to push Judah to his emotional breaking point today. Fighter and trainer briefly traded insults nose to nose before being separated.
Predictably, the elder Garcia’s own temper quickly escalated. As Judah was dragged away from the podium by his handlers, Garcia continued to direct an F-bomb-laced rant in Judah’s general direction.