Trainer Angel Garcia says his son WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) has identical power to that of WBA champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and he’s going to prove that on March 4 by handing the Florida native his first defeat of his career in their fight on Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS.
Thurman is coming off of a close 12 round unanimous decision against Shawn Porter in July of last year. Danny Garcia respects Thurman for beating Porter, but he notes that he’s a better fighter than Porter with different boxing skills.
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Garcia, 28, and Angel have come up with what he feels is a superb game plan to defeat Thurman when the two of them get inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia isn’t letting the boxing fans know what the game plan is, but it could have to do with pressuring Thurman and timing him with left hooks. Thurman likes to come forward and throw left hooks.
In that respect, Thurman is a lot like Amir Khan, who Garcia knocked out in the 4th round five years ago in 2012. Garcia took advantage of Khan’s habit of throwing left hooks by nailing him with a tremendous left hook of his own when he was in the process of throwing his shot. The result was Khan getting knocked down and badly hurt. Once Khan made it back to his feet, Garcia was able to knock him out in the next round in the 4th.
“We’re just working smart and hard. We’re sharpening and working on a great game plan. I have to stick to the game plan and adjust if I have to,” said Garcia. “I’ve been in a lot of big fights, so I can’t psych myself out. On March 4 I’m going to show the world again why I’m a real champion.”
Garcia is getting Thurman at the right time in his career with him having gone through a very tough fight last July against Porter. It was so tough that Thurman chose to take the rest of 2016 off, which obviously cost him a big payday. Porter hit Thurman a lot in that fight, but he didn’t have the power to get him out of there.
Porter frequently smothered his own work by standing too close to Thurman, and that kept him from getting the power he needed on his shots to stop him. Porter had no other choice but to stay close to Thurman because he didn’t have the foot speed or the counter punching ability to make him pay for when he would land his power shots. That’s where Garcia has a good advantage in this fight. Garcia has an uncanny ability to time his opponents and nail them with lefts and right hands.