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30 MARCH 2017

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SecondsOut Team Picks: Thurman Vs Garcia


Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia clash in world welterweight title showdown at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night and SecondsOut’s writer once again put their reputations on the line to predict the outcome of one of the most evenly balanced contests of 2017.

 

Evenly matched fights between two high profile boxers is about as rare as rocking horse droppings nowadays but this really is difficult to pick a winner between Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman. Garcia was dominant and strong at 140lbs and carried a lot of firepower but will that power be enough to keep a talented and strong Keith Thurman at bay for 12 hard rounds at 147lbs? Garcia will have his success with the right hand and even hurt Thurman at times but I believe Thurman will dig deep, weather the storm and rally late on to edge a majority decision over 12 rounds.

 

Thurman w pts 12

Clive Bernath

London

England

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This is genuinely a tough fight to pick. Neither Garcia nor Thurman has been able to consistently elevate their game to look like a dominant elite in the sport. The match-up needs to happen, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be great. I expect a slow start and mutual respect despite the pre-fight banter. Thurman’s stance leaves him open to straight punches and attacks to the body. Garcia is not a committed body puncher, but he can sneak a jab in all night along with some thunder from his right hand. Thurman could be especially vulnerable to the right hand with Garcia puts a little arc on it stepping in. Thurman will have the edge in physical strength and power punches. Thurman can get a little hook crazy and I expect Garcia to counter him during these exchanges. Garcia will lead for most of the fight, but he will tire under Thurman’s pressure. Both men could hit the canvas as they tire by the championship rounds. Both will show lumps and bruises upon their faces. Garcia will look to have won more rounds, but some will say Thurman pulled it out with his late rounds rally and potential knockdown. However, the judges will be split with one favoring each fighter and the other calling it a draw. DRAW.

 

Draw

Derek Bonnett

Oxford, Connecticut

USA

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This fight is a toss up as both combatants have shown us reasons over the years to pick for or against them. This is one of the most meaningful fights that can be made right now. Danny Garcia has been in a number of close fights and always seems to find a way to dig deep and pull them off with his power punching and grit. Keith Thurman is the better boxer of the two and will need to box smart on the outside. If he gets caught up in a slugfest it could be dangerous for him. Garcia should try to lure him in to the phone booth and look to get off as many left hooks as he can, which is his best punch. A seesaw battle will go Garcia’s way within a point or two.

 

Garcia w pts 12

Derek Gionta

Pittsburgh, PA

USA

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This fight has all the necessary ingredients and potential to be a candidate for "Fight of the Year." Styles make fights, and that’s what we’ll have when Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman bang in the ring. Both fighters have an impressive resume and are in their prime, which should make for some exciting action. How this fight ends depends on who sets the tone and tempo. Thurman will need to make use of his vicious left to set up his combinations, a left equally as matched as that of Garcia’s. Thurman must work behind a jab, use the uppercut and work the body of Garcia to force an inside game. Keeping the fight in the center of the ring and off the ropes is a must for Thurman, fighting on the ropes with Garcia is a dangerous place to be. Garcia must pretty much do the same, if he can make an effective statement in the early rounds to force Thurman out of his game, avoid Thurman’s deadly body shots then he will dominate. Garcia must force this fight on his terms and go the distance or deep to the late rounds if he wants the win. It’s a tough fight to predict, many factors are at hand, how each fights this fight determines the winner. I see the fight going the distance, both fighters taking a beating, maybe even some knockdowns. I think Thurman has the goods and will edge it out in the end, Thurman will set the tone and tempo early. Without a doubt, a tough fight though for both fighters.

 

Thurman pts., 12 rds.

 

Ron Valderrama

Phoenix, Arizona

USA

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Many fight fans felt that Danny Garcia’s days of being an undefeated fighter were numbered the moment hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse destroyed Lamont Peterson on May 18, 2013. I was ringside that night in Atlantic City and I told anyone who would listen that “The Machine” would walk thru Garcia if they faced each other. Garcia made me look foolish, and he made Matthysse look ordinary en route to winning a wide decision. Many experts are again predicting that Garcia’s “0” will go on Saturday night when he faces Keith Thurman. I too originally jumped on the Thurman train until I had a moment of clarity earlier this week. After seeing both men face off, Garcia looks like the bigger man, even though Thurman has been at welterweight longer. Garcia upset the odds-makers twice In his career. He knocked out Amir Khan, a fighter who was perceived to be too skilled and fast for Garcia to outbox. Matthysse was simply too strong. Garcia knocked out the boxer, and out-boxed the power-puncher. I believe that Garcia will come out aggressively to try to force Thurman to fight off his heels. If that does not work, Garcia could rely on his counter punching. When the fighters decide to exchange, I believe it will again be Garcia’s work to the body that will be the difference. If Thurman decides to use movement he could win a boxing match from the outside. However, in a fight this magnitude, the dog in Thurman is also going to want to be crowd-friendly. This will play into the hands of Garcia who will eventually hurt Thurman late, and win a close but clear decision. If there is a knockout, I believe that it will be Garcia who is sent to the neutral corner.

 

Garcia w pts 12

Jason Pribila

Bethlehem, USA

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Danny Garcia seems to have been thrown into the fire pit of greater ring challenges sooner than Thurman. However, his bigger nights were a few years ago, while Keith Thurman has done the opposite. In any case, Garcia is the better overall boxer with a finer skill set. If Thurman is able to lure Danny into a war, then it will be his to take, for certain. He works much better when the opposition comes straight into his path, yet this is not the approach Garcia usually takes. By contrast, he uses more angles as well as the ring to his advantage. It’s not exactly a boxer vs. puncher type of showdown, though and hopefully, this contest will bring out the absolute best in both men. Danny lands the more meaningful shots and in higher volume while Keith gets in a good number of harder ones. Garcia by a nudge.

 

Garcia w pts 12

Marc Livitz

Austin, Texas.

USA

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In the US, there’s a thing called Manifest Destiny. Garcia’s been dodging the bullet for some time and many fans are just waiting for him to get caught. But not this time. Thurman isn’t going to take him out with one shot and Danny’s skills are too good for extended punishment. Garcia wins hard-fought decision.

 

Garcia w pts 12

  1. R. Jowett

Philadelphia

USA

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Thurman w pts 12

Steve Bateson

Kirkby Lonsdale,

England

 

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This is a the first super fight of 2017. Garcia is very tough and although I thought he got a lucky decision over Herrera he still is unbeaten. He has shown to be a good boxer as he did against Matthyesse avoiding heavy shots. Thurman as well got a slight questionable nod against porter as well. I think that Thurman has better speed and power than Garcia and this will be the difference in the fight. Garcia does have a good left hook but hasn’t shown the power it showed at 135-140. Thurman will wear down Garcia and stop him in the championship rounds to unify part of the division at 147.

 

Thurman w tko 11-12

Andy rivera

Albuquerque

New Mexico

USA

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Garcia = 4

Thurman= 4

Draw= 1




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