WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia is beginning to reap the benefits of easing his way into the 147 pound division as the American prepares to face Samuel Vargas.
Garcia will participate in a non-title fight on some soil in Philadelphia next weekend bidding to add to his impressive record of 18 stoppages in 32 wins since turning pro in 2007.
A victory over Paulie Malignaggi represented a first knockout at the new weight for the former super-lightweight king and Garcia is primed for another before taking on fellow-title holder Keith Thurman in the spring.
“I had to grow into 140-pounds before I started knocking people out,” said Garcia.
“This will be my third fight at welterweight and I think I’m going to feel as good as I have in my career. That’s why we’re ready to take on the best.”
On returning to Pennsylvania for the first time since beating Mike Arnaoutis in 2010, Garcia added:
“It’s a very short trip for me to the arena so I’m happy about that. I feel comfortable. I’m in my own backyard. We’re planning to make sure Vargas is very uncomfortable.
“I know Billy Briscoe (Vargas’ trainer) will have some tricks. We’re very familiar with each other and I know what kind of trainer he is. He’s never prepared to face someone like me.
“I’ve watched the tape on Vargas. He’s a gritty fighter. He’s definitely a tough guy who won’t give up. I have to be ready. I’m going to have to be prepared. I feel ready to go,” he said.