Trainer Angel Garcia has quickly gained a reputation as a tough-guy who isn’t afraid to speak his mind, regardless of what anyone thinks. It therefore wasn’t surprising to hear his thoughts this week about his son Danny Garcia’s upcoming junior welterweight title defense against hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse on Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will take place on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.
Matthysse, of Argentina, is one of the hardest punchers in the game, pound-for-pound. He has a record of 34-2 with 32 knockouts. No problem, intimated Angel Garcia, who trains his son.
“My job is not to worry about Matthysse,” Angel Garcia said. “I am not worried. He doesn’t put fear in me. His coach doesn’t put fear in me. His people don’t put fear in me. His country doesn’t put fear in me. Nobody puts fear in me. The only one I fear is God.
“Nobody is beating us, not right now, not tomorrow and not in the future. Believe this, on Sept. 14, Matthysse is going to get his (butt) whooped.”
Although Philadelphia’s Garcia (26-0, 20 KOs) is the champion, there is no shortage of experts who believe Matthysse could be the first one to hand Garcia a defeat. Again, Angel Garcia seems unfazed.
“Danny is the most underrated champion there is and I am the most underrated trainer,” Angel Garcia said. “But it doesn’t matter to me. As long as I know and as long as Danny knows and we’re happy, then I don’t care what the world says.
“You can love me or hate me, but it doesn’t matter. I believe in me and I believe in Danny. I always tell Danny that hard work and dedication pay the bills.”