Thurman Won’t Take Tune-Up Before Garcia

This week Showtime Sports announced one of the most exciting matchups in boxing: a welterweight unification bout between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia will take place on March 4 of next year.

While Garcia will take a tune-up fight against Samuel Vargas on Nov. 12, Thurman will rest and prepare for the pivotal March matchup.

Thurman’s decision to rest rather than take a quick fight is a wise choice, as his last bout was a hard-fought war with Shawn Porter in June. The vicious back-and-forth fight was one of the best of the year, and Thurman is taking his time to fully recover from it.

Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza spoke to RingTV about Thurman’s plans ahead of the Garcia fight.

“He has a couple of nicks and bruises that he needed to heal up from after a really tough Porter fight in late June,” Espinoza said. “So he’s healing up. He has nothing of any long-term consequence, but he’s going straight to the Garcia fight in March.”

Thurman is apparently vacationing and will soon return to gym to begin preparation for Garcia. According to Espinoza, the Barclays Center in New York is a likely venue for the blockbuster fight.

“The venue is still under discussion down to a handful of sites,” Espinoza said. “I think Barclays would definitely be, at least in my mind, a frontrunner, given the fact that both guys have fought there multiple times and have fought there successfully. I think it would be a great atmosphere and a monster crowd.”

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