Danny Garcia vs Keith Thurman
It is a battle of unbeaten fighters on Saturday, March 4th in Brooklyn, New York as Danny Garcia takes on Keith Thurman for the unified welterweight titles. Garcia is 33-0 with 19 knockouts while Thurman is 27-0 with 22 knockouts. This fight will get a lot of attention as it will be shown in prime time on CBS television. It will be just the second fight to air on CBS in the last 40 years.
Event: Danny Garcia vs. Keith Thurman
Date: Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Boxing Odds: Keith Thurman -235
Danny Garcia (33-0, 19 KO’s)
Garcia fought twice last year as he defeated Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in January and he beat Samuel Vargas by TKO in mid-November. Garcia will defend his WBC welterweight title in this fight against Thurman.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Barclays Center and headlining a national broadcast on CBS — both the arena and the network were good homes for me in 2016,” said Thurman. “I am the champ, and I always will be. Danny Garcia is a fighter who I have asked for and who I have respect for. But he’s going to learn, just as my past opponents have, that my power and speed will rise above any swiftness he has. I am the true welterweight champion. I will unify the titles and show him what ‘One Time’ feels like. I look forward to this fight and the fans should too; be there on March 4.”
Garcia said he is not concerned about being the underdog in this fight. “I don’t care if people think I’m an underdog. To me, Keith Thurman is nothing but a name.” Garcia said, “Come March 4, I am going to show the world once again that I am a true champion.”
Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s)
Thurman won the WBA welterweight title in 2013 and he has defending the title six times. He fought just once last year as he defeated Shawn Porter by unanimous decision in late June. Thurman’s trainer, Dan Birmingham said that he respects Garcia but that Thurman is simply better.
“Danny Garcia’s a great fighter.” Birmingham said, “I acknowledge that. But at the end of the day, I think I have the best welterweight in the world right there in Keith Thurman. I think he’s a little bit faster, I think he’s a little bit stronger and I think he’s a little bit smarter. And I think his will to win is unmatched.”
Garcia said that he expects this fight to be a long one. “I’m going to take this one round at a time to get the victory. If the knockout comes, it comes.” Garcia said, “I’m not going out of my element. I’m going to do what I do best. We’re definitely going to work the body. But we’ll work the head too, wherever we can hit him. We’re just working smart and hard in camp. Nothing is changing from past camps. We’re going to put in work.”