Keith Thurman has not been impressed with upcoming opponent Danny Garcia’s father during the build-up to their welterweight unification in less than three weeks’ time.
Thurman and Garcia both put their status as champions on the line in what is a massive battle in New York, although the column inches have been taken up by the antics of Angel in the pre-fight media gatherings one more than one occasion so far.
“Angel will talk to try to get people off of their game. Danny is an elite fighter, and he can talk for himself. These father trainers seem to like the limelight as much as the fighter, if not more. At the end of the day, I’m only fighting Danny Garcia,” pointed out Thurman, before moving on to who has the biggest punch of the two undefeated stars.
“Danny Garcia has some power. He has enough, even compared to me. But if you look at a lot of his fights, he knocked guys down. But they got back up. There is a difference between knockdown and knockout power,” he said.
“He’s dangerous but we believe I’m more dangerous. He hasn’t fought a true welterweight with punching power. I believe I’ll be the last man standing on March 4.”
The winner of the March 4 encounter is due for a mandatory defense of the WBC title (currently in the possession of Garcia) against Amir Khan over the summer, a fight which has been cited as the main reason a lucrative clash with Kell Brook fell apart for the ex-super-lightweight king.
Khan was believed to want the lion’s share of the money plus a shot at Brook’s belt, and when neither were forthcoming, the Bolton man pulled out of talks to focus on facing Thurman or Garcia, possibly at the back end of the summer.