Boxing: Golden Boy Promotions
March, 13, 2013
By Carlos Narvaez Rosario | Special to ESPNdeportes.com
Jon Elits/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy PromotionsUnbeaten Danny Garcia is ready to begin training for his April 27 fight against Zab Judah in Brooklyn.
A month after an injury forced him to postpone his bout against former champion Zab Judah, unbeaten junior welterweight titlist Danny "Swift" Garcia said he's fully recovered and ahead of schedule for the April 27 fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Garcia had planned to defend his crown on February 9 at the same venue, but a broken rib suffered during a sparring session forced him to stop training.
"Now I feel 100 percent and I still have seven weeks to improve my conditioning," Garcia said to ESPNdepotes.com.
Garcia (25-0, 16 KO's), is coming off a spectacular year with two victories against veteran Erik Morales and another against former 140-pound champion Amir Khan. His last two -- the rematch with Morales and his clash with Khan -- were TKO victories in the fourth round.
"The injury affected me for three weeks. It also affected me a little bit mentally," Garcia said. "I didn't feel the injury until I finished sparring. Hey, I broke a rib. I could not believe it. But this is part of the sport. An injury can occur to anyone, regardless of the sport."
Garcia, who is managed by Al Haymon and promoted by Golden Boy, said that he will resume training this week.
"I'll start this week with sparring sessions. I feel very good, I'm ready," Garcia said. "As I said, I still have seven weeks [to the fight] and that will be enough to be in [good physical] condition. I have a great team that is helping me with that."
Garcia, 23, became a sensation in professional boxing when he won a vacant junior welterweight title against Morales -- a former champion in four different weight classes -- in March 2012. He added another junior welterweight belt when he knocked out Khan in July.
Judah (42-7, 29 KOs), 35, a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion, is coming off a win by TKO in the ninth round over Vernon Paris last March.