Thurman vs. Garcia Preview
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.