When Will Angel Garcia Get the Respect He Deserves? - Doghouse Boxing Interview
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When Will Angel Garcia Get the Respect He Deserves? - Doghouse Boxing Interview
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 21, 2013)

Angel Garcia
-Angel Garcia of Team Swift-
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I’ve seen many trainers (and that includes in Philadelphia where I cover) get credit for doing little. “Throw a towel over his shoulder and he thinks he’s a trainer”! I’ve been around some great ones like George Benton, Wesley Mouzon, and when Eddie Futch and Manny Steward came in to work with Philly boxers. The latter with one of my own, Bruce “Sugar” Williams for an ESPN tourney. Some trainers come in on their boxer-son’s coat tails and after a loss or two even get dumped by their sons. Look at Jack Mosley and Floyd Mayweather, Sr! Sometimes they are even brought back as the trainer.

There’s something behind the “madness” of Danny “Swift” Garica’s father-trainer Angel Garcia. I have witnessed him at amateur shows like the PA Golden Gloves at Front Street Gym in the Frankford section of Philly. He may be sitting with his lovely wife Maritza and beautiful twin daughters Sianney and Angelise or working the corner of his many amateur’s along with his other son Eric.

Dave Ruff, a fellow writer here at Doghouse Boxing and I went to the DSG gym at Jasper and Castor. Ruff being from DE never met Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and wanted to meet him. I forewarned him that Hop usually has closed training sessions” and that was the case upon my arrival. I returned to the parking lot and got Ruff out and into his wheel chair and inside the detail garage area.

Over came Danny and I introduced him to Ruff. Danny can make a person feel like a million bucks if he wants to and Ruff really felt that way at the time. He went off to get a marker to sign a picture I had of him, his father and myself. Then Angel came over with the signed picture and talked to Ruff and I. Even though he was busy on the phone as we left Angel put out his hand to shake mine as we left. I have had nothing but respect from the Garcia’s. Earlier I asked Angel if he would do a Q&A with me and he said “sure”.

One of the many boxers in the gym recently was Edgar “White” Flores. A good looking 24-year old who was shadow boxing in the ring. When asked about Angel and Danny he had something interesting to say. “He was my friend first before he started training me for a year. He then has trained me for the past 7 years. He is an all around good guy. He speaks what’s on his mind,” said Flores. He added, “there is no one like Danny. He’s always there for you even though he doesn’t say much,” said Flores.

The gym itself is really nice with a red floor, blue walls and a white ceiling and an American and Puerto Rican Flag hanging in front of a mural with some of the better known PR fighters of the past and one lone non PR in Hopkins. Unfortunately my all time favorite boxer who happened to be from PR, lightweight and light welterweight champion Carlos Ortiz was not among them. Of course there was “Tito” Trinidad, Hector “Macho” Camacho, Wilfredo Benitez and Garcia several times. There is also a barber shop, custom auto detailing and a recording studio. They took this abandoned property and improved the area 100%.

KEN HISSNER: I have never seen your son Danny disrespect you knowing you are “on target” to pronounce how good he is and see how he has that look in eye’s as to say “tell him pop”!

ANGEL GARCIA: We have a good father and son relationship.

KEN HISSNER: I once asked Danny if Bernard Hopkins was responsible for him signing with Golden Boy and he said he wasn’t. The way Hop hung onto Danny after his last fight I could see they seem very close. Who was responsible if Hop wasn’t in signing Danny to Golden Boy?

ANGEL GARCIA: It was Shelly Finkel who got Danny signed with Golden Boy.

KEN HISSNER: Will Danny stay at 140 or move up in his next fight?

ANGEL GARCIA: As long as Danny doesn’t have to kill himself to make 140 he will stay at that weight. When he does move up he will move up slow and go to 142-144 before challenging for a title at 147.

KEN HISSNER: I noticed when Philly’s Hank Lundy entered the ring for his fight with Raymundo Beltran in Atlantic City last year Danny followed as one in the entourage right to the ring apron. I thought “it’s a shame Danny can’t do the fighting for him” as Beltran spoiled what was to be a big pay day for Lundy in his next fight. But it was Beltran who recently got a disputed draw fighting for the world title in South Africa and not Lundy. I was told on Lundy’s facebook he is saying how he would like to fight Danny. We all know there is no quieting Lundy but do you think he’s just looking for a pay day on Danny’s back or he is really seriously disrespecting Danny?

ANGEL GARCIA:
Hank has to do what Danny did by beating the top contenders and earn a title bout.

KEN HISSNER: Who have been some of your past and current amateurs at this time?

ANGEL GARCIA:
I trained southpaw Luis “Smurf” Esquilin who became PA state GG champion but he moved onto someone else as a professional. (Esquilin is 2-6-1 as a pro and put in with mostly tough opponents) Edgar “White” Flores is back in the gym and I hope he sticks to it this time. (I encouraged him to do so because at 24 he will be 30 and hope he dedicated himself earlier.)

KEN HISSNER: You seem to have a really tight knit family here and at the shows in the amateurs I’ve seen you at. Do you feel it is important for Danny’s career to have that kind of support around him?

ANGEL GARCIA:
It’s most important.

KEN HISSNER: Will we see you at the Briscoe Awards Sunday since Danny is getting the Fighter of the Year award for the second straight year?

ANGEL GARCIA:
No, we will be leaving for Peru Sunday for the WBA Convention.

KEN HISSNER: I want to thank you for taking the time as you always have in the past and say thanks for you and Danny being so respectful in going out of your way on a recent visit with fellow writer Dave Ruff.

ANGEL GARCIA:
I look forward to reading the article.


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