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Keith Thurman outboxes Danny Garcia to unify welterweight titles

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Keith Thurman (28-0-0, 22 KOs) outpointed Danny Garcia (32-1-0, 18 KOs) in front of a sold-out house at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night to unify the WBC and WBA (Super) welterweight titles.

Thurman, one of the more harder-punching welterweights, came out swinging early and then cruised despite Garcia’s valiant attempts to corner him with one big shot. In the first three rounds, Thurman established his power, catching Garcia flush coming in and during exchanges. To Garcia’s credit, he did not back down and slowly started gaining confidence in the next three rounds. Round 6 saw Garcia¬†catching Thurman with a 1-2 combination, defending and countering well.

Thurman started grinding again in Round 7, doubling up his jab and shutting down the countering of Garcia. It wasn’t until Round 10 – arguably Garcia’s best round – that Garcia put everything together, forcing Thurman to grind out the remaining rounds. The judges scored it 116-112, 113-115, and 115-113 for Thurman.

It wasn’t Thurman’s best performance, something he tried to get ahead of in the post-fight press conference. “I finessed my way to victory,” he summarized to reporters.

Forunately for Thurman, it wasn’t Garcia’s best performance either, particularly if he’s looking for a rematch.

For now, the focus turns to Thurman’s next move. Thurman didn’t elaborate afterwards, but some think he could challenge Timothy Bradley, if he wanted to establish himself as a challenger to Manny Pacquiao’s WBO belt.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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