Garcia: Loss To Thurman Only On Paper

Former two division world champion Danny Garcia is looking to bounce back from his first loss, when he faces Brandon Rios on February 17th.

11 months prior to his fight with Rios, Garcia lost a heartbreaking twelve round split decision to Keith Thurman in their anticipated WBC, WBA welterweight unification bout.

Garcia told reporters that he refuses to think about the loss to Thurman, and focusing his energy on the future.

And while he’s focused on Rios, Garcia wants revenge and a rematch with Thurman.

From a mental standpoint, he does not view that outcome as a defeat.

“It’s just a loss on paper. I feel like I won the fight, it is what it is,” Garcia said.

“It does bother me because I know I’m the better fighter, but I have to put it in the past. I don’t let it bother me; you have to have thick skin and come back stronger. “

Thurman underwent elbow surgery following his fight with Garcia, and has been out ever since. He is expected to return on a date in April, against an opponent to be determined.

Garcia may get his rematch with a victory against Rios, as the WBC sanctioned the February 17th fight as a world title eliminator, and will face the winner of Thurman’s title fight against mandatory challenger Shawn Porter.

That adds further motivation for Garcia, who expects a very exciting fight with Rios.

“I never back down and I know Brandon has seen that. He always comes to fight, it’s going to be a good fight because of our styles and determination,” Garcia explained.

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