Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) says he’s going to put WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) thought the “Keith Thurman test” this Saturday in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Thurman, 28, views his job as one involving him going out and hitting Garcia more than he hits him.
Thurman’s simple approach to the fight could pay off for him if he can drop his bombs without getting hit with Garcia’s powerful left hook and right hand counters that he’s good at landing. Garcia finds a way to win each time out. Garcia wasn’t supposed to beat Lucas Matthysse in 2013, but he found a way to win.
Thurman isn’t viewed as unbeatable by the boxing public, as he struggled in his last fights against Shawn Porte and Luis Collazo. Thurman almost lost to Porter last June in winning a close 12 round unanimous decision. Collazo had Thurman on the verge of going down with a body shot. Thurman took the pain of the punch, which had him doubled over, and he came on strong to get a knockout in round 7.
“I look forward to the challenge and putting him through the Keith Thurman test,” said Thurman to the latimes.com about Danny Garcia. “I expect bombs to be dropped. I expect us to hurt each other. We’ll see which one wants to be more conservative and protective first, and which one wants to box the other the most. I have a little reach advantage and I plan on not following Danny’s fight plan. Make it an awkward night with speed, power, agility.”
Thurman needs to make sure he doesn’t get hut on Saturday night, because Garcia is a great finisher. Thurman has shown a problem when standing in the pocket against his opponents. Thurman even had problems taking the punches of Diego Chaves, Jesus Soto Karass and Robert Guerrero. All three fighters hurt Thurman at one point in those fights.
Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS will be televising the Garcia vs. Thurman.
“Hit him more times than he hits you. It’s boxing,” Thurman said. “Danny deserves respect, he had a tremendous amateur background, he’s always ready to fight. Champion of the world, has more victories than me, and is trying to dominate the welterweight division. It’s my job to stop it”