Danny Garcia wants Keith Thurman rematch

By Boxing News - 05/28/2021 - Comments

By Dan Ambrose: Danny Garcia says he’d like to get a rematch with Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman so that he can avenge his loss to him. Thurman defeated the former two-division world champion Garcia by a 12 round split decision in March 2017 in an exciting fight.

Thurman vs. Garcia 2 would be a perfect fight for both of these guys right now, as neither of them has great options at the moment. This would be a good-money match-up for FOX Sports pay-per-view.

You can argue that ‘One Time’ Thurman hasn’t been the same since that fight due to the punishment he absorbed from Danny ‘Swift’ in the second half of the contest.

Garcia’s dad/trainer, Angel, still maintains that they should have been given the win over Thurman, but the judges felt otherwise with two of them giving Keith the nod.

Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) hasn’t fought in 2021 yet since his defeat at the hands of IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence last December, and he still hasn’t scheduled a fight.

Danny wants Thurman rematch 

“Garcia vs. Thurman 2, we can do that again. I’m down for that,” said Danny Garcia on social media on potential options for the next fight. “Someone said ‘Mikey Garcia.’

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“I like that. Garcia v. Garcia, Puerto Rico vs. Mexico, that’s a big fight. I like the [Mikey] Garcia fight and I like the Thurman fight. Those are two fights that interest me. Garcia vs. Khan 2.

“Somebody said [Danny] Garcia vs. [Erislandy] Lara at 154. I’m tired of losing weight. I ain’t got no problem with going to 154. I wanted to go up to 154,” said Danny.

There would likely be more fan interest in a Danny Garcia vs. Thurman 2 rematch than a match between Danny ‘Swift’ and Mikey Garcia. Unfortunately, Mikey hasn’t done anything at 147 since moving up to the division in 2019.

In Mikey’s two fights at welterweight, he has a record of 1-1, which isn’t impressive enough for Danny to be using up a valuable fight.

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Thurman really needs a fight right now because he hasn’t fought in two years since his loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2019. It’s starting to look bad that Thurman isn’t getting back in the ring.

‘One Time’ Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) has only fought TWICE in the last four years since his win over Danny Garcia in 2017. That’s why fans have renamed Thurman ‘Sometimes’ because he’s not staying active.

Thurman’s problems are a result of injuries and issues that come from inertia.

Once a fighter starts sitting on their backsides the way Thurman has since 2017, it becomes increasingly harder for them to break out of the inertia that takes hold of their lives.

It’s insidious how inertia destroys the careers of the millionaire boxers, but I think we see that happening with ‘One Time.’

Thurman has already made a lot of money, so it’s not like a normal person that has to get up off the sofa to go back to work after dealing with an illness or work-related injury.

Garcia weighing a “fat” 168 now

“I weigh 168 right now. I’m fat right now,” said Danny Garcia said. “I’m fat, but I’m healthy, do you know what I’m saying? This is a bad angle, that’s why I look fat. I weigh like 168 right now.

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“168 is my walk-around weight, 168, 170, but that’s about natural for me. Someone said 188. I’m at light heavyweight right now. I’ve been working out, man,” said Garcia.

It would be a good idea for Danny to start losing some weight right because he doesn’t need to be turning his training camp for his next fight into a fat farm.

In 2020, Garcia fought twice, beating Ivan Redkach and losing to Errol Spence Jr. But thus far, it’s not likely that Danny will be as active in 2021.

Indeed, the best that we can probably hope for from Garcia is for him to get one fight in this year. Hopefully, that fight is a rematch with Thurman if the two can lose some weight and get back to work.