Thurman Edges Out Scorecards vs. Garcia
Two unbeaten boxers, two welterweight champions. It was an anticipated bout, but two would eventually become one.
That one would be Keith Thurman, who defeated Daniel Garcia via split decision to unify the WBC and WBA welterweight titles and remain undefeated in his professional career on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC’s) broadcast on CBS.
Both men came firing out in round one, especially Thurman, who landed some hard shots to clearly hurt Garcia. Thurman followed that up in the second round — while Garcia threw more jabs, Thurman landed more hard shots.
In round three, Thurman switched to a more counter-punching focus of style. While Garcia had his moments in the first three rounds, he did nothing to show complete control over the fight. Garcia then went counter-punch focused in the fourth, while Thurman began a more technical game. Garcia showed off his iron chin in the fifth, taking shot after shot from Thurman, who was selecting his shots more, and firing right back. Garcia became more selective with his counters, and the momentum looked like it might shifting to his favor.
After two rounds where the pace slowed, the ninth round saw Thurman throw a lot more and lure Garcia into coming inside, where he would deliver hard shots. Garcia, knowing he would have to work a bit during the final three rounds, went to eh body a lot in round ten, while Thurman mostly moved around and tried to avoid Garcia’s attack.
After a quiet 11th round, the final round saw Garcia swing away, attempting to get one final push in the hopes that he can get the win. Thurman, in the last few seconds, fired back.
Thurman won by split decision, as two judges found the bout in his favor 116-112 and 115-113, while the remaining judge awarded the bout 115-113 to Garcia.