Barclays Likely For Garcia-Thurman
While boxing promoters have worried that new regulations are pushing the sport out of New York, one of 2017’s biggest fights seems to be headed for the Empire State. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is the leading candidate to hold welterweight unification fight between Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman.
According to RingTV, Showtime boxing executive Stephen Espinoza said that the Barclays is the likely choice to hold the highly-anticipated March 4 fight.
"That makes a lot of sense," Espinoza said. "Danny and Keith have fought here before more than once and it’s a leading contender. Whenever there’s a fight that big, Vegas always comes into the equation but I would say probably that Barclays Center is certainly the leading candidate at this point."
WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (33-0) last defeated Samuel Vargas in Philadelphia, getting past his uninspiring tuneup fight so that he can fight Thurman. After the bout, he and Thurman engaged in a heated war of words in the ring.
WBA welterweight champ Thurman (27-0) last beat Shawn Porter in one of the most exciting bouts of the year. He has criticized Garcia for cherrypicking opponents, but he will finally have the fight he wants in March.
The Barclays Center has already been announced as the venue for the January Badou Jack and James DeGale’s super-middleweight unification bout.