LAS VEGAS – Tony Harrison smiled Thursday the primary time Luis Arias yelled from the viewers about his knockout defeat to Jermell Charlo of their rematch.
That led to them buying and selling insults throughout a press convention to advertise Showtime’s tripleheader Saturday evening at Virgin Inns Las Vegas. Arias claimed Harrison ducked a battle in opposition to him. Harrison mocked Arias for having the audacity to name him out after his upset defeat to Vaughn Alexander on December 5 at Staples Middle in Los Angeles.
When Arias threw a small rubber duck at Harrison, nonetheless, the previous WBC tremendous welterweight champion jumped off the stage and rushed towards Arias. Safety personnel and others obtained between them, which created greater than sufficient separation for the left hand Harrison threw to don’t have any probability in any respect at touchdown.
Arias was rapidly ushered out of the room. Harrison rotated, took his seat on stage once more and promptly proceeded to speak about why he went after Arias.
“He lucky I missed,” Harrison stated. “He f——’ lucky I missed. I be sick of these bitch-ass n—-, man. Like respect is, I swear to God – if it ain’t gonna be given to me, I’m gonna take that sh!t. From here on out, my n—-, it’s just – it ain’t no money involved, ain’t none of the bullsh!t involved. If you ain’t gonna give me the respect, I’ll take it. But we can keep going.”
Miguel Flores, the moderator of the press convention, then shifted the eye again to Harrison’s 10-round battle in opposition to Spain’s Sergio Garcia on Saturday evening (10 p.m. ET; 7 p.m. PT).
“I think this motherf—– that I know nothing about is probably one of the toughest opponents that I probably coulda chosen,” Harrison stated. “You know what I mean? Coming off a draw [with Bryant Perrella] and I think choosing a guy like that, who just fought the guy [Sebastian Fundora] that everybody damn near was afraid of, to fight, and [Garcia] took that man to the f—–’ wire, I’m like, ‘That’s a good gauge.’ And I like this lineup in general, the whole card, all the way through. Everybody’s in the same weight. And it’s just a way for us to gauge each other. It’s a way for me to look at [Erickson] Lubin and Fundora and be like, ‘Damn, OK. I see this and I see that.’ And it’s a way for them to look at us and say the same thing.”
The mild-mannered Garcia came to visit to Harrison, fist-bumped him and expressed respect on the stage a couple of minutes after Harrison’s skirmish with Arias. Detroit’s Harrison appreciated Garcia for approaching him, however he joked that Garcia was attempting to melt him up.
“My last thing with this – it’s so f—— hard to fight guys like him, man,” a laughing Harrison stated. “They such good people. Like, you know what I’m saying? Like, he tryin’ to butter you up. And I know he tryin’ to butter me up and get me to love him a little bit. But, you know, my name of the game is just to win. But it’s so hard to fight guys like him. Like, humble and all, man. Like, guys like that, they get my respect all the way through. Like, you know, class act. Class-A act, but don’t butter me up, though, before the fight.”
Garcia (33-1, 14 KOs) is listed as greater than a 2-1 favourite over Harrison (28-3-1, 21 KOs) by most oddsmakers forward of their junior middleweight match. Their co-feature will instantly precede a 12-round fundamental occasion between Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs), of Orlando, Florida, and Fundora (18-0-1, 12 KOs), of Coachella, California.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.