Former world champion Danny Garcia has warned Brandon Rios not to expect a twelve round fight when the pair square-off this weekend.
Garcia is on the comeback trail after losing his world title belt to Keith Thurman on points and doesn’t intend on hearing the final bell on Saturday night.
“I learned from the Keith Thurman fight not to leave anything in the hands of the judges,” said Garcia.
“It was a close fight that could have gone either way. I have to go for the kill, so it is what it is.
“I was just enjoying myself for a little bit after the Thurman fight. I knew that I’d be back so it was good to get some time with my family and away from boxing. Now I’m back and ready to go.
“This is a new chapter in my career. There are new obstacles to overcome.
“Just like I’ve always had in my career. I’m going to take it one fight at a time so I can get back to where I belong,” he added.
A win for Garcia could catapult him into a world title challenge this summer, with a rematch against Thurman a high priority in 2018.
Errol Spence could also be a target for ‘Swift’ in the short-term, should the Philadelphian do what is expected of him against battle-worn Rios at the Mandalay Bay.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe is expecting a war between both fighters in Las Vegas.
“Garcia vs. Brandon Rios is a great stylistic matchup. Rios is a very aggressive fighter who likes to put pressure on,” said Ellerbe.
“Danny is a boxer-puncher, but I think you see that Danny really comes forward. He’s a guy who’s boxing skills are underrated.
“Danny Garcia has been a unified champion and shown he’s one of the best fighters in the world. Come February 17, he’s going to make a big statement.
“There’s a lot of justified talk about other welterweights, but Danny Garcia is a name in this division who is here to stay.”