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02-15-17 Keith Thurman

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We’re just over two weeks away from the big welterweight showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. Thurman, who’s putting the finishing touches on his training camp in St. Petersburg, Florida, took time to disclose his thoughts on the matchup and how his last win against Shawn Porter lifted his game.

KEITH THURMAN

At the end of the day, it’s just another fight. My job has not changed since I was seven years old. This is the sport that I love. The name of the game to hit and not get hit, but you know I’m looking to inflict some damage as well.

I know Danny is confident coming into this fight. He’s trying to challenge me and hurt me. I have an ‘0’ and I’m not ready to let it go. If you think you can beat me, beat me. It’s going down on March 4.

02-15-17 Keith Thurman

(photo by Douglas DeFelice/Prime 360 Photography)

You can expect a world class fight. We’re both great champions with impressive skills. We’re going to be pushing each other and testing each other. I see myself as the smarter fighter. I’ve shown that I can adjust in the middle of a fight. With the experience that I have, I go in there with an objective I’m trying to achieve. If it’s not happening, then I have to use something else.

Ultimately, my heart desires victory at this stage and at this level. I’m looking to do what I do best. Which is be a smart fighter, look for the openings and if I can cause some damage, hopefully I can capitalize on that.

I showed against Shawn Porter that when you fully challenge me and make me gut it out, I’m there. I’m a champion and this champion doesn’t lie down for anybody. That fight was a tremendous fight and we showed that we understand each other as fighters.

I thought to myself after eight rounds against Porter, ‘this fight is tied.’ Nothing that happened in the first eight rounds mattered. The fight was going to be decided in four rounds, just like the amateurs. I had to do what Ben Getty always said, ‘smart fighters win and dumb fighters lose.’

I just want to keep moving myself up and establishing my legacy. I want to distinguish myself from the other welterweights. The winner of this fight will get the spotlight over everyone else in the division. 

02-15-17 Keith Thurman

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I’m doing this for my career, for my legacy and for the fans. Without the fans, there’s no legacy. I’ve been boxing for 21 years of my life and I look forward to having some more great years. I’m proud to be living my dream.

To get two tremendous fights back-to-back is evidence that I’m on the right track and you could say we’re gaining more power in the sport. I’m getting what I want out of the sport, which are big fights like this.

This is something that the fans are excited about and I’m truly looking forward to this fight. I just want to keep living my dreams and working to become the best fighter in the world. 
Establishing a unification of a weight class is my ultimate goal in the sport of boxing. That’s what we’re working for.
02-15-17 Keith Thurman

(photo by Douglas DeFelice/Prime 360 Photography)

DAN BIRMINGHAM, THURMAN’S TRAINER

The preparation has been fantastic. Keith has been on both. His long runs, short runs, sprinting, listening to everything in the gym not to mention great sparring. You are going to see a great performance.

This is a dream come true for me. I never dreamed of this when I was Youngstown, OH before I came to Florida. When I came here there were guys like Jeff Lacy and Winky Wright that came into my gym who I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. Then came Ben Getty and Keith Thurman.

I owe most of this to Ben Getty. I want him to get a lot of the recognition. He really deserves it. I am just trying to continue what he started.

Fans are going to see a great performance. They are going to see a well-conditioned, well-trained Keith Thurman. He is very focused on getting rid of Garcia and moving up in the ranks.

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BROOKLYN — Today’s opening press conference for the welterweight showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia devolved into a profanity-laden argument between Thurman and Garcia’s father/trainer Angel Garcia.

Angel took exception to Thurman promising to knock off his son. Considering this was the presser where the fight was confirmed for CBS with TV officials present, it wasn’t the best look for potential sponsors.

The fight airs on CBS March 4 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia now has a home. The much-anticipated welterweight showdown will take place on March 4 from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The fighters will officially announce the news with an opening press conference live at the Barclays this Wednesday (January 18).

What hasn’t been confirmed is the network. Keith Thurman’s last bout, a decision win over Shawn Porter last June, aired on CBS. Garcia fought in November on Spike, knocking out Samuel Vargas in seven rounds.

Tickets for the fight will also go on sale January 18. Fans who attend this Saturday’s (January 14) super middleweight bout between Badou Jack and James DeGale will receive access to an exclusive presale.

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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.

 

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Former junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia hosteda canned food drive yesterday for his hometown of Philadelphia. The charity/meet and greet event is a precursor to Garcia’s in-ring return on November 12 at Temple University against Samuel Vargas.

The fight will air on Spike TV at 9 p.m. and feature and undercard of Jarrett Hurd vs. Jo Jo Dan and Javier Fortuna vs. Omar Douglas.

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Watch the live stream of the official weigh-in for the WBC welterweight title clash between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero. The steam will also carry the co main event bout of Amir Mansour challenging undefeated Dominic Breazeale in a heavyweight bout.

The fights air Saturday night on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.

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PHILADELPHIA — Before heading out to Los Angeles for Premier Boxing Champions Fox card on January 23, Danny Garcia and Amir Mansour held a media workout in their native Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Garcia will face Robert Guerrero for the WBC welterweight title while Mansour takes on undefeated Dominic Breazeale. The fighters had the below comments.

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DANNY GARCIA

I’m just focused on Robert Guerrero because at the end of the day, that’s the task in front of me. None of the stuff in the future can happen if don’t get the job done.

I feel like I’ve faced some real good fighters. We just want to keep winning fights and getting bigger fights.

It’s almost impossible to predict the future in boxing. That’s why I don’t get ahead of myself. If the opportunity is in front of me, I’m going to take advantage of it.

I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today. It’s just about taking it one fight at a time to get to where we want to be.

This is my first fight being a father and I’m dedicating it to my daughter. I’m wearing pink and black for her. I named her Philly because of how important the city is to me. I’m the first Latino boxing champion from Philly and I wanted to name her something that was important to me.

I represent everybody. I’m from Philadelphia, we’re all the same here. There’s not just one ethnicity. Where I’m from, we’re all cool.

I knew the opportunities would come and that I’d be fighting for a title eventually. There’s nothing like a championship fight, it’s just a different atmosphere.

We’re eating right, dieting right. We were already training like this was a title fight and now it’s come to fruition. I fought Morales for a belt and now I’m fighting another Mexican warrior in Guerrero.

 

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AMIR MANSOUR

I expect Breazeale to come to fight. Looking at his prior fights, he doesn’t back down. That’s what I like. I don’t think that he’s going to run. He’ll engage and it’ll be an interesting fight.

Breazeale is a tall guy but he’s nothing different. You just have to train hard and focus on the task at hand.

I prepare to fight. I don’t prepare to run from a guy. I’m preparing to strategically target my opponent’s weakness. I don’t think he’s faster than me, I don’t think he’s stronger than me, he’s just taller than me.

I don’t think this fight is going the distance. I’m always going to predict that I’m going to be the winner. I really want to get this guy out of there and not leave it in the judges hands.

This isn’t my first time on the big stage. A win is a win. We’re all one punch away from success and one punch from failure. Any win is a blessing.

 

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We’re going up there the same way whether it was for a belt or not. Hungry and we’re coming back with that treasure.

After he wins that belt, I’m going to call my son the undefeated champion of the world yet again.

My son now knows that feeling of being a family and you never really know that until you’re a father. He’s always been humble but now he’s really doing it for his daughter. Now he can live the rest of his life to make sure her and her kids and grandkids will be okay.

Danny still trains the same. When we’re in camp, it’s camp. It’s all about Danny Garcia. Him and me do it like we’ve always done.

Danny had his mind on 147 for a while. We should have gone right to 147 after Matthysse but I wanted him to take his time. We’re where we want to be now.