Danny Garcia & Keith Thurman Join Record Books & Legends In March 4 Welterweight Unification
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Tommy Hearns. Felix Trinidad vs. Oscar
De La Hoya. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.
That is the elite company welterweight champions Danny
Garcia and Keith Thurman will join when they meet in just
the 10th unification in division history on Saturday, March
4 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by
Premier Boxing Champions, from Barclays Center, the home of
BROOKLYN BOXING™, live on CBS from 9-11 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. PT.
Garcia, the WBC titleholder, and Thurman, the WBA champion,
will unify the exact same titles that Leonard (WBC) and
Hearns (WBA) unified in their 1981 Fight of the Year.
And while Hearns was undefeated and Leonard entered with one
loss, Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) and Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) will
meet in just the third unification between undefeated
welterweights in boxing history, the first since Trinidad
vs. De La Hoya in 1999, a bout billed as “The Fight of the
Garcia vs. Thurman will be broadcast in Primetime on CBS,
the first unification on network television in any division
in over two decades (Note: Terry Norris vs. Paul Vaden at
154-pounds on Dec. 16, 1995 on FOX). It’s also just the
second primetime boxing presentation on the CBS Television
Network in nearly 40 years.
While Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman are joining a who’s who
of legendary 147-pounders, their showdown also presents
current implications in boxing’s glamour division. With the
retirement of pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather,
Garcia and Thurman, both just 28 years old, meet with a
chance to become the new face of the stacked 147-pound
division, and perhaps earn a spot on the mythical
More than 80 percent of the total punches landed by Garcia
are power shots, putting his high-octane power punch output
nearly 10 percent higher than the welterweight average.
Keith Thurman ranks No. 4 amongst all current boxers in
percentage of power punches landed, connecting at 48.2
percent according to Compubox. That’s more than 10 percent
better than the welterweight average.
Both fighters are young, hungry and undefeated. Their bout
on March 4 is the quintessential career-defining fight. It
is a chance for both to add to their growing legacy and
potentially, ultimately, be forever linked with every boxing
great in the coveted International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Note: Welterweight Unifications (9) In Boxing History
· Jackie Fields (NBA) W DQ 2 Joe Dundee (World) 7-25-29
· Sugar Ray Leonard (WBC) KO 14 Thomas Hearns (WBA) 9-16-81
· Donald Curry (WBA, IBF) KO 3 Milton McCrory (WBA) 12-6-85
· Simon Brown (IBF) KO 10 Maurice Blocker (WBC) 3-18-91
· Felix Trinidad (IBF) W 12 Oscar De La Hoya (WBC) 9-18-99
· Ricardo Mayorga (WBA) KO 3 Vernon Forrest (WBC) 1-25-03
· Cory Spinks (IBF) W 12 Ricardo Mayorga (WBA, WBC) 12-13-03
· Floyd Mayweather (WBC, WBA Super) W 12 Marcos Maidana
· Floyd Mayweather (WBC, WBA Super) Manny Pacquiao (WBO)
Note: Curry-McCrory and Trinidad-DLH were matchups of