By: Dallas Orysiuk (@Chargers204)
When Danny Garcia vs. Keith Thurman was signed, on paper it was a mouth watering matchup, and it was one that boxing fans across the globe were excited to see. Both guys would be coming in undefeated, both guys could punch, and although Garcia was the underdog, it wasn’t his first time in this role, yet he always came out victorious. That is why the matchup was so compelling; we knew it would be a close fight and we hoped for fireworks.
The fight was close and it started out as we expected, with bombs being thrown and a lot of fireworks. Keith Thurman said he would come out swinging, and that he did. Thurman looked to be the aggressor, throwing bombs, while Garcia was happy to counter punch, landing bombs of his own. In the end of the first Thurman hurt Garcia with an overhand right. But after the first few rounds the pace slowed, and Keith or Danny failed to hurt one or another, and the fight failed to produce the fireworks we had hoped for.
If Thurman would have continued to fight like he did in the first 2-3 rounds, he could have had Garcia in a lot of trouble and maybe even got the stoppage. But it looked like Keith didn’t want to take the risk, and he began to use the jab a bit more and move around the ring. The fight was close with both guys landing the occasional big shot, both guys showing defensive skills, and neither being hurt. The rounds were close but Keith looked to be more comfortable in there, and Garcia struggled to cut the ring off.
When the bout was going into the championship round, Thurman’s corner told him he had the victory, while Angel Garcia showed a little bit more urgency in the corner. Thurman was happy to move and draw boos from the crowd, while Garcia played the role of the aggressor. It was a risky move from Thurman, who was up, but not by a lot. In the end, Thurman was victorious, to take the fight in a closely contested, but lackluster split decision. ShowStats showed Thurman landing 147 out of 570 while Garcia landed at a slightly higher percentage, landing 130 out of 434. With the victory, Thurman improved to 28-0, 22 KOs, and is now the WBA, WBC welterweight champion and the man in the welterweight division. Danny Garcia dropped to 33-1, 19 KOs and will look to go back to the drawing board.
On the undercard, American prospect, Erickson Lubin, improved to 18-0, 13 KOs as he blasted out Jorge Cota. In the fourth round Lubin landed a powerful overhand left, sending Cota to the canvas and forcing the referee to stop the bout. Lubin is now the mandatory challenger for Jermell Charlo’s WBC super welterweight title.by