Welterweight Contest: Danny Garcia vs Keith Thurman

Carla Harmon
March 3, 2017

Yet, that isn't enough for Garcia to be considered the favourite against Thurman by bookmakers and members of the media alike.

Danny Garcia stands in his corner after his bout with Lamont Peterson during the Premier Boxing Champions Middleweight bout at Barclays Center on April 11, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

"It's not easy to be Keith Thurman, I got an "0" and I'm not afraid to let it go", said Thurman. Ben believed in me when I was a little boy, when no one else was around, so it's why I wear his name on my trunks every time I step in the ring.

Thurman has kept his cool heading toward the fight but sounded off on everyone who has had something to say about him, including Angel Garcia, on the first episode of Showtime Sports' "All Access Daily: Thurman vs. Garcia". "This is my chance to prove it to the world that I'm one of the best fighters in the world". "I commentated Danny's last two fights... But I'm preparing mentally like it's the same as any other fight".

"He's not my son right now, he's my fighter", said Angel of the WBA Champion.

When Thurman and Garcia do meet they will be unifying the same world titles as "Sugar" Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns did in their 1981 "Fight of the Year" clash.

"This is the biggest fight of either of our careers".

"You know I expect him to bring his best. I've been through a lot of adversity in my life and that's what I live for - to overcome anything". I'll never back down.

Thurman, 28, of Clearwater, Florida, said he gives Garcia credit for what he has done but believes the winning streak will come to an end Saturday. I've always been someone who does things on his own. He's smaller than me in the pros. "I don't need to add any extra pressure just because it's a big audience".

In 2011, Garcia outpointed his first two notable opponents in consecutive fights, former lightweight titlist Nate Campbell and former junior welterweight titleholder Kendall Holt, one of Thurman's sparring partners for this fight. My gut that tells me that Keith is a little bit more solid than Danny. "He has always prevailed in his fights", Thurman said. Also at stake, will be Thurman's WBA (Super) welterweight title.

"The Lucas Matthysse fight, I was the underdog", Garcia said. It kind of hurt me in a couple of performances. I should have been a welterweight since 2013. He has unified belts in one weight class and is on the verge of doing so in another at age 28. "I know what I've got to do when I'm in there".

Similarly, Garcia didn't seem phased by Thurman's guarantee of a knockout.

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