Thurman wins split decision to unify welterweight titles
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 06, 2017,
Mar 06, 2017, 6:08
With this victory, "One Time" Thurman continues as WBA Welterweight Champion and the WBC belt of the same weight. What resulted was the elder Garcia grabbing the microphone and berating Thurman with insults and racially sensitive street epithets before attempting to fight Thurman on the dais.
Thurman unified welterweight titles Saturday with a well-earned split decision victory over Danny Garcia on CBS before 16,533 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Judge John McKaie and Joseph Pasquale scored 116-112 and 115-113 in favor of Thurman, while third-inning Kevin Morgan scored 115-113 in favor of Thurman Of García. I thought out-boxed him. "I thought I won and I was pushing the fight". Both are seeking to be the first fighter in the division to hold multiple titles since Floyd Mayweather held the WBA, WBC and WBO belts after defeating Manny Pacquiao in 2015. "I made my team proud".
The bout was just the 10th title unification in division history, and only the third between a pair of unbeaten fighters. Thurman's early fervor had long dissipated as he allocated more time to moving around the ring and jabbing, and Garcia couldn't find an opportunity to let his hands go. "I thought I pushed the pace. But it didn't go my way".
Garcia is the slightly more active fighter in terms of punches thrown per round, but Thurman lands more punches per round with greater accuracy. He was warned for a low blow in the seventh round.
It was in the second half of the fight that Thurman showed the extent of his talents as he doubled up on his jab and landed a couple of solid right uppercuts in Round 9. "One Time" continued to press the action throughout with Garcia clearly feeling his power. After a scintillating ninth round, Thurman mostly spent the final three rounds playing defense, avoiding unnecessary hits and risks.
One of the year's most anticipated fights failed to deliver on its promise, as Keith Thurman on Saturday won a narrow decision in a mostly-limp showdown with Danny Garcia that aired on CBS. There were some rounds that I was dominating. He was doing a lot of pulling back, you know?
"I think we definitely opened up his eyes really quick", Thurman said.
According to CompuBox statistics, Thurman landed 147 of 570 total punches (26 percent) compared to 130 of 434 (30 percent) for Garcia.
But when he couldn't land a clean power punch and spent the final few rounds playing defense rather than being the aggressor like he was early on, the victor of his 12-round championship bout with Danny Garcia was left to the three officials sitting ringside. Both men were well aware each could damage the other, and fought like it. "I thought I came back strong". Garcia won the 11th, though by that time, he was way down with little recourse than to knock Thurman out. It was close, but I thought I did enough to win.