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Danny Garcia handled his “tune-up”in brutal, efficient fashion with a seventh round TKO over Samuel Vargas, earning him a March showdown with fellow undefeated welterweight titlist Keith Thurman.
Because of the pronounced gulf in class, Garcia used the fight to work off the rust from an 11-month layoff. Instead of his normally vicious left hand, it was Garcia’s right hook that did the most damage. He sent Vargas tumbling head over heels with a right hook counter in the second, and continued finding a home for it in every exchange. The one-sided beating was called off in the seventh after Vargas received several head-snapping hooks while trapped on the ropes.
Then the real fireworks began.
Thurman, who had been doing ringside commentary, jumped in the ring for a heated face to face confrontation with Garcia. The spectacle was the right kind of hype to build for PBC’s first big fight of 2017.