Thurman on Spence vs Garcia: “What if Danny Lands a Big Counter?”

Keith Thurman Talks Spence vs Garcia

Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr and Danny Garcia
From left to bottom right: Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr and Danny Garcia.

Keith Thurman Likes Errol Spence vs Danny Garcia!

In the aftermath of his razor-thin victory over Shawn “Showtime” Porter (30-3-1, 17 KO’s), the boxing world is dying to know who WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence (26-0, 21 KO’s) will face next. For many, it came as a shock when former two-division champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (35-2, 21 KO’s) hopped in the ring to put his bid in.

For the better part of it, the boxing public has not reacted very favorably to this option.

Obviously, the community at large would prefer a showdown with WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (35-0, 26 KO’s). However, industry politics will likely push that bout back until at least mid 2020, if not 2021.


Going against the grain a bit, former welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-1, 22 KO’s) is somewhat mystified at the kickback that Spence v Garcia has received. In his estimation, that is one special fight.

One Time openly acknowledges that Spence has proven himself to be a legitimate elite fighter in the sport. However, that does not mean that the Truth has accomplished everything there is to do in the division. Thurman expresses this in an interview with FighHype.

“Errol Spence is the kind of champion that we haven’t seen him up against everybody. And Danny Garcia is another style. Has a very unique style, just like Shawn Porter is a unique style.

“Danny Garcia is a counter-puncher, he’s a power puncher. I fought Danny, I fought Porter and I can say 100% that Danny Garcia hits a lot harder than Shawn Porter.

“So he [Spence] took plenty of shots from Shawn. What happens if Danny lands a big counter?”

According to Thurman, the Truth has yet to face all the possible styles available to him at 147lbs. Thurman insisted that Swift brings not only his unique brand of fighting to the table, he also carries fight-changing power. Let One Time tell it, Garcia packs substantially more power in his punches than does Shawn Porter. On this particular topic, Thurman is in a privileged position due to having fought, and defeated, both Porter and Garcia.

For his money, Spence v Garcia is a quality prizefight worth its salt.

“Danny hopped in that ring real quick, real quick! That means he saw something that gave him confidence to do that, you know, and he said to me at the desk that unifying as the welterweight champion is a dream come true for him.

“And instead of getting two belts by defeating two champions, all Danny Garcia would have to do is beat one champion to be a unified champion at 147. It’s a little bit of a short cut but he can’t pass that kind of opportunity. I mean there is some trash talking there, let’s do it! I mean this is boxing babe, let’s fight!”

By: Bakari Simpson

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