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Keith Thurman Gets Split Decision Over Danny Garcia

Keith Thurman Gets Split Decision Over Danny Garcia

By James Bell


The sellout crowd at the Barclays Center was looking forward to an exciting fight between two undefeated welterweight titleholders, and in the first couple of rounds it seemed like they would get it as Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman were swinging at each other with big shots. After that, it was more of a tactical battle as neither fighter wanted to make the big mistake that would cost them the fight. Twelve rounds went through and the judges were split as to who they felt was the better fighter…At the end of the announcement, Keith Thurman came out as the winner over Danny Garcia as he had two judges score the fight for him (John McKaie had it at 116-112 and Joseph Pasquale had it at 115-113) with one scoring it for Garcia (Kevin Morgan had it 115-113). Thurman stays unbeaten at 28-0 and adds the WBC welterweight title with the WBA “super” title that he held coming into the fight. Garcia suffers his first loss of his career, falling to 33-1.

The activity of Thurman was the difference as he was throwing more punches and was more open to engage when in close quarters. He threw a total of 570 punches (about 47 punches per round) in comparison to Garcia’s total of 434 punches (36 punches per round). There were various times when Garcia was walking towards Thurman but did not throw any punches, and he was looking for a shot to slow down the foot movement of Thurman. On the flip side, Thurman seemed to look for more combinations when he was within range of his opponent. By the ninth round, it seemed like Thurman was in full control of the fight and he knew it. He was moving around the ring a lot and was not as engaging in the 10th and 11th round, which brought out some boos from the pro-Garcia crowd in Brooklyn. It was up to Garcia to catch up to him, and he was unable to do that.

“I was not giving the fight away…I felt like we had a nice lead, we could cool down. I felt like we were controlling the 3-minute intervals in each and every round. My defense was effective. He wasn’t landing,” Thurman said after the decision went in his favor. “I thought I outboxed him, I thought it was a clear victory…But Danny, he came to fight.”

Garcia felt that he did enough to win this match against Thurman, and that showed in his comments after the fight. “I thought I pushed the fight like a true champion and did enough to get the victory,” he said. “I thought I was the aggressor. I thought I pushed the pace, but it didn’t go my way…I was pushing the fight, but it is what it is. He was trying to counter. I had to wait to find my spots.”

Thurman will look towards various possible fights as the WBC and WBA welterweight champion, which could end up being one against the winner of the Andre Berto-Shawn Porter fight that was announced for April 22nd before the fight card at the Barclays Center. As for Garcia, he may end up in a rematch with either Lamont Peterson or Amir Khan.

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Keith Thurman gets split decision over Danny Garcia
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Keith Thurman gets split decision over Danny Garcia

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