It proved a tight call when Glynn Evans canvassed the cognoscenti to pick a winner between unbeaten welterweight titans Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman who clash for all the 147lb marbles at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on March 4th. BoxNation, of course, shall be screening live.
Adam Booth (London trainer-manager)
It’ll be a very good fight. Danny Garcia is an excellent all-round operator but I go with Keith Thurman because I like him very much. He’s very athletic. If he makes the weight sensibly – he’s a very big guy – I believe he’ll carry the edge in power.
I felt Danny Garcia was very lucky to receive the decision when he fought Lamont Peterson. Thurman is every bit as good as Peterson technically and far more dangerous.
Frank Warren (Hall of Fame Promoter)
It’s a great unification fight for the fans and BoxNation subscribers. Boxing needs more fights such as this between the elite guys so big respect to both fellas for stepping up and putting their reps, belts and unbeaten records on the line.
The styles should mesh well. I lean slightly to Thurman. Garcia is a solid all rounder but I’ve never been overly impressed. Thurman is a very big welter and, if can still remain strong at the weight, I think he wins. He punches very hard.
Paul Butler (Ex IBF Bantamweight Champion)
Danny Garcia on points for me. Every time his back is against the wall, like against Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse, he pulls it out of the bag.
It’s gonna be a good fight because they can both whack a bit but I don’t really get all the hype around Thurman. For me, he’s not that pleasing on the eye. A personal thing.
I like a left hook, me, and Garcia has a fantastic one. He throws it from nowhere and it has a devastating affect. Look what he did to Khan and (Erik) Morales. I also like his shot selection....but not his dad. He’s a nuisance!
Gary Lockett (Welsh trainer-manager)
This is definitely going to be good to watch; a barnstormer whilst it lasts. Garcia can box and has a lot of good wins on his record, especially the schooling of Lucas Matthysse which surprised me. I’m not sure what it is about him as he’s overcome every challenge but I’ve never really viewed him as an elite fighter. I believe his luck will finally come to an end here.
Thurman wins because he’s the better fighter; a physical beast with good all round boxing skills, a good brain and a big punch. He comes from a rough background. I like the way he talks; proper fighter.
Tommy Langford (British Middleweight Champion)
It’s potentially a good one. Thurman can box a bit and he’s shown he’s got power but it tends to fade as a fight progresses and he can become quite wild and open. He sometimes looks raggedy when put under pressure and I expect Garcia’s pressure to play a huge part here.
Garcia is so compact; a more rounded fighter. He stays calmer under pressure, is cuter on the inside and I expect him to carve openings and find a way through Thurman. Garcia on points or late stoppage.
Joe Gallagher (Manchester trainer)
Tough one. I first saw Thurman a while back on an Amir Khan undercard in Vegas. He had good skills and looked to use his range but wasn’t keen to engage. I weren’t too impressed.
The weight suits Garcia more. He’s grown into welterweight whereas I believe Thurman is now very tight. Also Garcia hits very hard. Can Thurman keep him off and outbox him? We don’t know how he’ll react if Garcia clips him clean on the whiskers. Khan was boxing really well against Garcia until he got too bold so it can be done. I tentatively go with Thurman on points though a late stoppage win for Garcia wouldn’t shock me. He always seems to finds a way.
Bradley Skeete (British welterweight champion):
It’s gonna be a great fight with a fiery build-up to add a bit of spice. They’re both young, unbeaten and hungry. I can see both getting hurt, possibly dropped. I expect it to live up to the hype.
Nothing stands out with Garcia but he’s consistent with his boxing and has that naughty left hook; he carries serious power. Thurman, on the other hand, knocked everyone out coming through the ranks but has been taken to points by guys like (Leonard) Bundu and Shawn Porter since moving into top class. When you look at how easily Errol Spence annihilated Bundu, you have to question the extent of Thurman’s power.
I go Garcia, points. He’s my mate. I met him in a nightclub in Florida. He’s not really had a decent performance since he took Lucas Matthysse to school. He’s scraped by with a few dodgy decisions since but he somehow manages to pull the win out of the bag. He’s been in the bigger fights and is definitely due a good showing.
Anthony Farnell (Manchester trainer)
I’m on Garcia. I like his style; nothing brilliant but good solid technique and he counters great. His dad takes all the pressure off him by being such a nuisance in the build-up. I’m sure that’s deliberate.
Thurman’s a bit upright, more European in style. His defence isn’t great and I think he’s open for that Garcia left hook.
Both can bang but I expect it to be quite technical, especially first half, with Thurman looking to use his reach and size. Though Thurman is bigger, I believe Garcia is the more comfortable at the weight and that could be decisive. Garcia to stop him with the left hook in the later rounds.
Terry Flanagan (WBO Lightweight champion)
I know Thurman’s favourite but this isn’t an easy fight. At best I see this as 50-50 for Thurman. He’s a good all rounder but nothing special.
Garcia can box and has power. He rises to the level of his opponent as he showed when belting Lucas Matthysse. Garcia’s due a big performance after looking scrappy in his last few.
To be honest, neither is my style of fighter. I prefer watching southpaws! I expect it’ll be cagey at first but it’s being hyped up, both can punch, so eventually it should turn into a good scrap. If pushed, I’ll sway to Garcia on points or very late knockout.
Ashley Theophane (ex WBA light-welter challenger)
I fought Danny to a split decision (loss) when he was coming through in 2010 and he’s explosive, man. You have to be wary of his power punches. He’s also fought the better opposition.
But, you know what, I’m gonna go with Keith. He’s possibly got the better versatility, can box and punch. Both have great chins but, from my experience, Garcia hasn’t got much of a jab. Garcia shows more limitations.
Either way, I’m expecting a great fight because both are undefeated and both teams strongly fancy their man. Lately, Garcia has been fighting lesser opposition whereas Keith is coming off that great win against Shawn (Porter). He’ll be the more prepared for battle. I think it’ll go to the cards and I think Thurman will deserve to win but, when it’s close, the judges always side with Garcia. Always!
Barry Jones (ex WBO Super-Featherweight Champion)
I fancy Thurman, probably on points. He’s the one presently on a roll. His win over Shawn Porter was perfect preparation for this and he’ll enter full of confidence.
Garcia clearly has the better resume and always seems to find a way to win, even when he’s poor and perhaps undeserving. That’s a quality you can’t teach.
If Thurman starts fast, as I expect, Garcia will need to chase the fight and Thurman possesses the athleticism to move away from trouble. He’s a fighter who’s happy to knock you out or outbox you. If you go with current form, you have to go Thurman.
Liam Smith (ex WBO Super-Welterweight Champion)
Though I’m not massively sold on either of them, I think it’ll be a good fight, quite exciting. Garcia’s really overachieved in his career. For me he’s pretty basic and ordinary. Thurman can box and punch but above all, I go for his awkwardness to win him this fight on points.