WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) has his mind totally on his defense against Samuel Vargas (25-2-1, 13 KOs) on September 12, and not on his unification match against WBA World 147lb champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) in the first half of 2017. Garcia, 27, knows that he can’t overlook Vargas, because if he loses that fight, then he won’t get the unification match against Thurman next year.
Garcia did not look good in his fights against Lamont Peterson and Robert Guerrero. Garcia won both fights, but his performances in those matches showed that he’s not on par with the better welterweights in the division like Thurman, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
That doesn’t mean that Garcia couldn’t beat some or all of them. It’s possible Garcia could beat them, but not likely. He’s got good boxing skills, but he doesn’t appear to be at the same level as those fighters to get the positive results from those fights.
“I’ve got tunnel vision,” Garcia said. “In this sport, you can’t overlook nobody. So, my job is to handle business on November 12th first. And then we can talk about Thurman,” said Garcia to Fight News.
The Garcia vs. Vargas fight will be taking place at the Liacouras Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Garcia has been raked over the coals for fighting Vargas rather than a good contender, because he’s taken too many soft fights since his big win over Lucas Matthysse in 2013. Garcia hasn’t faced the truly dangerous fighters since beating Matthysse for some reason. Since that fight, Garcia has beaten these guys:
Those are decent level fighters, but they’re not at the very top of the 140 or 147lb divisions. The guys that Garcia should have been fighting are from this list:
Errol Spence Jr.
The good news is that Garcia is finally going to take on a good fighter in Thurman next year. What’s bad is that we’re likely going to see Garcia go back to fighting the weaker opposition once again if he’s able to beat Thurman. It’s predictable. Garcia takes one hard fight followed by four or five soft ones.
“We’re keeping Danny focused, Angel Garcia said to fightnews.com. “He knows that he can’t underestimate anybody. We take every opponent very seriously…if Samuel Vargas comes to fight and stands toe-to-toe with Danny, we’re going to end the night early.”