Dan Birmingham, who is overseeing Keith Thurman’s prep for the massive unification clash on March 4, has sent a stark warning to forthcoming opponent Danny Garcia.
Thurman heads into the Barclays Center bout as a bookies favorite to see off Garcia’s challenge, whilst Birmingham believes an impressive stoppage is on the cards when the pair collide in New York.
“This fight is going to have action. There’s too much on the line. I remember Danny from the amateurs. I applaud him for everything he’s done in this career,” said Birmingham.
“He signed the wrong contract though, because Keith Thurman’s got this. Danny Garcia, you’re getting knocked out.
“At the end of the day, it’s your actions that speak louder than words. We will make our statement on March 4. You will know after that night, who the champion truly is.”
Next month’s winner will be the first outright welterweight king since Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired back in September 2015 and move on to a potential mandatory clash with Amir Khan later in 2017.
Khan has been number one with the World Boxing Council since before the Briton’s fateful challenge against Canelo Alvarez in May 2016, but has been out of action ever since.
WBC President reiterated Khan will have the opportunity to face Thurman or Garcia, potentially in the summer, something the Bolton man has been waiting for following the collapse of a fight with UK rival Kell Brook.