Thurman vs. Garcia Preview

By Robert Ecksel on December 31, 2016
Thurman vs. Garcia Preview
Danny Garcia has faced some great fighters, but Thurman may be the greatest of them all.

Garcia has clubbing power, a take-no-prisoners ethos, and he does everything well. But Thurman will be hard to find…

On Saturday, March 4, at a venue in New York to be determined, two of the best 147-pounders on the planet put their championship belts and undefeated records on the line when WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs), the ninja from Clearwater, Florida, gets it on with WBC World welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs), the cleanup hitter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The fists will fly in this baby. That’s for sure. Neither man is reckless, but neither is afraid to let his hands go. Somebody’s “0” has got to go and Thurman and Garcia will do their damnedest to make sure it won’t be theirs.

“You have two big punchers meeting on March 4,” said Thurman. “I don’t see how the fight can go 12 rounds. I see myself as the best competition that Danny has ever faced.”

True that. Garcia has faced some great fighters, Lucas Matthysse, Lamont Peterson, Robert Guerrero, but Thurman may be the greatest of them all. Thurman’s last fight, a razor thin unanimous decision against Shawn Porter, was a sizzler and one of 2016’s fights of the year.

“I just had to tell Keith that he’s next,” said Garcia. “I’m going to beat him down. There’s not much more to say. Keith is going to get what he asked for and now he’s going to face a big dog.”

By the sound of it, Keith Thurman is ready.

“Danny can talk whatever he wants and Angel Garcia can say whatever he wants,” said Thurman. “They can talk smack all day. They’re going to learn something new real quick. I believe I’m one of the most evolving in the sport today. You can go out and watch my tape. You don’t have to see the replay, because I don’t come out the same way. I can fight moving forward. I can fight moving backwards. I got defense. I got offense. I can counter. I use footwork. I can manipulate the ring. I can give you want you want. I can give you what you don’t want. The diversity is real. He’s flat footed and slow.”

Others have made that charge in the past and it’s no less true now than it was then. Garcia has clubbing power, a take-no-prisoners ethos, and he does everything well. But Thurman will be hard to find.

The champ from Philly will not.

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  1. Ant 01:51pm, 01/05/2017

    Danny Garcia is a great fighter with heart.  Wonder if anyone here actually WATCHES boxing or just sits around talking about it with each other.  Sheesh!

  2. The Tache 03:40am, 01/04/2017

    I’ve never really understood the fuss about Garcia myself, I don’t even understand his nickname as he doesn’t seem particularly fast to me. As for “Garcia has faced some great fighters”, no, he hasn’t. He has faced some decent fighters at 140 and struggled against some lesser ones. He has some good names on his record but they are mainly against shot fighters out of their best division. His best win for me is Matthyse and this will be his first meaningful test at 147. How on earth did he get to fight the ghost of the Ghost for the title? Credit where credit is due though, I am surprised he actually took this fight. I will be even more surprised if he wins it.

  3. Koolz 04:46pm, 01/01/2017

    I am hoping that Thurman completely destroys him!  Thurman doesn’t just out box him he TKO’s him.  Herrera beat the heck out of him.
    I want to hear Angel freaking out, swearing then later, crying…

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:20pm, 01/01/2017

    @AkT-Keith whose real test will be Errol Spence Jr., but at the same time I hope Danny goes the distance for his abuela’s sake in Puerto Rico.

  5. AkT 08:21pm, 12/31/2016

    @Irish Frankie - I noticed you said everything except who you have for this fight. Who do you have sir? Danny or Keith?

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:51am, 12/31/2016

    Peterson and Herrera beat him. Zab and the Ghost gave him trouble. Salka and Vargas are blemishes on his record. If you stand there for him to take a picture he will take your head off. Ah….but he’s still got that big goose egg in the loss column which means the world when you’re in this business of beating people up.

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