Aside from watching two in-their-prime fighters duke it out, there is nothing in boxing quite as intriguing as a crossroads fight between a young contender and a veteran former champ. That's what we'll get Saturday when rising junior welterweight star Danny "Swift" Garcia (21-0, 14 KOs) meets Kendall "Rated R" Holt for the vacant NABO junior welterweight title on the televised pay-per-view undercard of Bernard Hopkins' title defense against Chad Dawson. Against Holt (27-4, 15 KOs), Garcia will take a big step up in competition to face a still-hungry former champ angling to get back in the mix for big fights in a talent-rich division. Taking a few minutes out of training for Saturday's fight to speak to ESPNdeportes.com, Holt had this to say about Garcia, the 140-pound division and his immediate plans:
How was your training for this fight?
The last couple of weeks, I've been training in California at the IFC gym. Training is always tough, it's always rough, it's always a hard time, but it's always worth it.
What is your take on Garcia?
He is a good fighter. He is young, he is hungry. You know, he's been spoon-fed a lot of opponents, so he's gonna be coming in with a lot of confidence in the early rounds, and I will take over from there.
What is the one asset you have that will give him the most problems?
Speed and movement. My speed and movement are going to give him a lot of problems because he is so used to having guys standing right there in front of him so he can throw his left hook or he can throw a hard right hand. I won't be there. I won't be in front of him to take the punches. So my speed and movement will be the key.
The junior welterweight picture is pretty crowded right now. What would it take for you to get back into the mix with the big names in the division?
After this fight, I will be No. 1 in the WBC, and I am No. 2 in the IBF, so I will be right up there again after this win. Right where I want to be.
Is this a crossroads fight for you? Do you think there's any risk you'll become a steppingstone if you lose this one?
Absolutely not. Look at the guy that just beat [Juan Manuel Lopez] -- he got 12 losses [Orlando Salido, who defeated Lopez for a featherweight title, actually has 11 losses]. And now he is a world champion. So absolutely not.
How much of a factor will your recent inactivity be?
You are talking about two or three years ago. I fought twice this year, so there is no inactivity, there is no ring rust right now. I take the fights as they come. If I can be more active, I will be more active. If I could fight five times a year, I would fight five times a year. More money for me!
What's more important for you in this fight: winning or leaving a great impression to get to a certain fighter in the future?
I don't think about stuff like that. I go out there and prepare for the person in front of me, and that's what I do. I fight the guy in front of me and leave it at that.
Win or lose, what's the plan after this fight?
I am not looking past this fight, because this fight isn't over and anything can happen. So I am just concentrating on this next fight.
How do you see the fight developing in your mind, round by round?
It's going to be him swatting flies all night.
Diego Morilla is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.