Garcia-Thurman: Guardian Angel?
By Chris Miller: Ask most fighters and they will tell you “Boxing is 90% mental and 10% physical.” Nobody knows the exact ratio but for sure a huge chunk of ability is certainly housed between the ears. There is nobody who can antagonize or ignite emotion in a fighter the way trainer Angel Garcia manages to.
Good or bad, whatever your views are, he seems to be an Angel to his son WBC champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia, but a demon to any opponent. That opponent now is current WBA welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman.
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Thurman has now experienced first-hand the ‘Angel Attack’ and this signals the start of the war. The psychological war has begun, leading us down the road to the penultimate physical battle on March 4th.
Yesterday’s pre-fight press conference has given us a tiny insight into the effectiveness of Angel Garcia, he’s almost a third arm and fist, as if it springs from the middle of Danny’s chest aiming straight for Thurman’s head. I am personally a Keith Thurman fan and as a fan I saw something different in him, something similar to what we could see in Amir Khan’s eyes prior to his matchup with Danny and something similar to what we could see in Zab Judah’s eyes before their contest. The Angel effect. Khan came storming out of the starter blocks. Even he said he wanted to knock Danny out cold. Why? Angel. Anyway, Khan was knocked out cold in the 4th round and it was evident the effect Angel had. Danny has clear ability, time and time again he has proven this (with some stay loose fights in between). This time though there will be a lot of questions asked, not just of Danny but also of Thurman. The first one has already been asked, can he deal with the ‘Angel effect’? It’s up to Thurman how he answers.