Keith Thurman blends the WBA and WBA welterweight entitles with split-decision win over Danny Garcia in Brooklyn
Keith Thurman deftly circumvented one trap after another to outpoint Danny Garcia and shoot to the top of the welterweight pecking order.
Thurman, the undefeated puncher from Floridas Gulf Coast nicknamed One-Time, hurt Garcia in the opening round, improved an early lead on the scorecards and held on for a separate decision to retain his WBA welterweight entitle and contribute Garcias WBC strap in a battle of unbeaten 28 -year-old champions. Two ringside magistrates tallied it for Thurman by ratings of 116-112 and 115 -1 13, while a third had it 115 -1 13 to Garcia.( The Guardian tallied it 114 -1 14.)
I knew that today would be the day I accomplish my nightmares, Thurman said. Parties know I engaged my mode up the amateurs. This was the first time I crusaded a real undefeated soldier and I supported my sciences tonight. I prepared my team proud.
The result celebrated the first loss in 34 professional fights for Garcia, a former unified champion at 140 lbs who was preparing his first security at welterweight since acquiring the vacant WBC title with a items win over Robert Guerrero.
I came up short tonight, Garcia said. I recollected I was the assailant. I anticipated I pushed the tempo. But it didnt get my way.
The bigger and stronger Thurman( 28 -0, 22 KOs) was quick to allege himself from the opening bell, throwing wide-cut pierces and with bad planneds early while Garcia pushed off the back paw. But Thurman caught Garcia flush with a heat-seeking left before the round was out, mailing the Philadelphia reeling backward. It woke me up, he said. But it didnt hurt me.
Garcia( 33 -1, 19 KOs) absorbed the shot well and continued to be faced with Thurmans influence in the first three rounds before a rollicking mob of 16,533, a record turnout for boxing at Brooklyns five-year-old Barclays Center. Thurmans rush and in-and-out change interrupted Garcias rhythm and left him behind early on the scorecards.
He was able to score with bars and had times in every round; Thurman exactly had more of them. He was first to the pierce and aimed the majority of the exchanges. And by the fourth round, hed started to control the gait of the action.
By the fifth Garcia began putting his right hand out to guard against Thurmans left hooking, a tactical setting that seemed to incline the momentum in his advantage. Many of Garcias most memorable wins knockouts over Lucas Matthysse, Amir Khan and rik Morales came when his adversaries lastly trod into the nets he patiently determined. But Thurman, to his ascribe, refused to accommodate. It was a impressive expose of situational awareness and tactical capability from a fighter better known for his staggering punching power.
As the fight moved into the championship rounds, Garcia seemed increasingly annoyed as Thurman was filled to curve and move away from his damaging left hook. Thats where Garcia was able to restricts the margin, though by then it was too little too late.
Boxing is an art I finessed my space to succes, said Thurman, whose$ 2m handbag for Saturdays work paired Garcias. I told him ahead of time: You fought Khan, he could container. You fought Matthysse, he could punch. But you never fought anybody who could box and punch at the same time.
It is what it is, said Garcia, who territory 130 of 434 pierces( 30%) is comparable to 147 of 570 pierces for Thurman( 26% ). I cant cry over anything, Ill come back strong like a true endorse. I would love to have a rematch to get my names back.
Angel Garcia, Dannys outspoken trainer and parent, expressed revulsion with the result and was less inclined to agree to a second installment.
He ran in the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, 10 th, 11 th, 12 th, Angel said. You got to be kidding me. Im outraged with boxing right now. I want Danny to retire.
Thurman was uncertain about his next opposing in the aftermath: bandying about the possibilities of a rematch with Garcia, a stay-busy combat or the win of the just-announced May fight between Kell Brook and Errol Spence for Brooks IBF belt. Whats far more particular is the road to welterweight amalgamation now goes through him.
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