Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia Media Workouts
Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME
Welterweight world champions
Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia participated in a media
workout at world famous Gleason’s Gym Wednesday afternoon in
advance of their primetime showdown that headlines SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing
Champions, this Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center, the
home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Also in attendance Wednesday and opening the broadcast at 9
p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were undefeated rising star Erickson Lubin
and once-beaten knockout artist Jorge Cota, who meet in a
super welterweight world title eliminator.
Additional fighters participating in the workout and
competing in undercard action on Saturday included light
heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara, who takes on former
world champion Chad Dawson, popular local unbeaten Heather
Hardy, who battles Edina Kiss in a featherweight attraction,
super lightweight Mario Barrios, who meets Yardley Suarez in
an eight-round fight, unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets and
Florida’s Clarence Booth, who meet in super lightweight
action and 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins, who
makes his pro debut.
Here is what the fighters
“It feels great to be in this big fight. This is what we’ve
been dreaming of. It feels like my destiny. When you put so
much hard work into the sport, everyone knows you’re
planting a seed. You have to watch it grow and nurture it
before it starts to bear fruit.
“Brooklyn has one of a kind fight fans. The history of this
city and the history of boxing in this city is exceptional.
The appreciation they have for fighters is one of a kind.
It’s always a blessing to perform for these fans.
“I expect the best of Danny Garcia. This is the biggest
fight of either of our careers. I saw the best of Shawn
Porter, but Keith Thurman was able to rise to the top once
“When you look at the facts and our records, it doesn’t get
bigger than this. There’s no comparison to my other fights.
This is the biggest of my career.
“The ultimate goal is to unify the division. It’s a blessing
right now to have two undefeated world champions. These
titles have only been brought together a few times in
history. It’s a great opportunity. The winner is going to be
that man to beat at 147-pounds.
“I believe that we will see the next superstar in the
welterweight division after we unify these titles. Whoever
becomes the undisputed welterweight champion of the world,
will be on another level. We’re going to take our first step
toward that Saturday night.
“I want to touch as many households as I can touch. I want
the kids who come from the struggle; I want them to see me.
They have to learn that they’re going to earn their stripes
in life from training hard in the gym.”
“I’ve trained hard for this fight and I’m ready. Saturday
night, I’ll be the new unified champion of the world.
“The atmosphere at Barclays Center is amazing. I’ve always
requested to fight here and I’m glad they accept me. I can’t
wait to fight in front of those great fans again.
“I’m prepared for the best Keith Thurman. I’m ready to make
adjustments and fight like a true champion and get the
“I’ve been training a long time for this fight. I felt great
in the gym and I was really comfortable the whole time. I’ve
had no struggle to make weight. I feel strong and I’ve had
no injuries. That’s a perfect camp. We train hard, we train
smart and we’re prepared for Saturday night.
“I always train to impress. I don’t need to add any extra
pressure just because it’s a big audience. I have to go in
there and keep my composure and be the same Danny Garcia
that I always am.
“We just have to stay focused on Saturday night. We’re just
worried about my game plan for the fight. There’s no
distractions for me. I think everything will go smoothly.
“There’s always been some tough fights in the legacies of
other great fighters. Each fight is a learning experience.
Everything in my career has led me to this fight.
“People want to see the best fight the best. This is my
chance to prove it to the world that I’m one of the best
fighters in the world.
“I’m definitely a better fighter than Keith Thurman. He’s
never been in the ring with a guy like me. Saturday night,
I’m going to prove it. I’m the better counter-puncher, I’m
sharper and I’ll prove it on Saturday night.”
“It feels great to be here. Training camp was amazing. We
had lots of sparring and made lots of improvements from my
last fight. I feel strong and I can’t wait until Saturday
“I don’t let anything get to me. I know what I can do. I’m
going to go in there confident and be dominant. I’m going to
be aware of everything and keep my mind sharp in the ring.
“My coach does the studying of the tape but I know he’s a
strong Mexican power-puncher. We know he’s going to be
aggressive, but we’re ready for any style he comes with on
“For every opponent, the game plan is different. We have a
game plan, but we’ll be ready to adjust. At the end of the
day, I have to go in there and win, and win impressively.
“Being on this card is a wonderful feeling. I get to open up
for this tremendous fight that I think is going to be the
Fight of the Year. I’m going to set the bar real high.
“I’m coming for that number one spot Saturday night. After
that, I become the mandatory for Jermell Charlo. I’m going
to win this fight in spectacular fashion, mark my words.”
“I know that it’s been a long lay-off but I’ve been staying
in the gym and staying ready. I don’t think I’ll have any
ring rust once I get in there.
“I’m going to take it round-by-round and see what he brings
into the ring. I’m going to make adjustments off of what I
see. I’ll assess the situation and take it on from there.
“I have a lot of motivation coming into this fight and I’m
ready to move a step closer to a world title. This
opportunity is something that I won’t let slip by.
“I know I have a very tough opponent in front of me, but I
am too strong and I will be too good on Saturday night.”
“I got some rest after my last fight and get myself back
together. The decision was to change trainers to Virgil
Hunter. I’m happy with that decision and I had a great camp.
“I have more focus during this camp. It’s just my family and
the gym. The same thing every day. I’m in possibly the best
shape I’ve been in my life.
“I have a great jab that I have to use. I think I’m a
stronger and more physical fighter than Chad Dawson. I know
how to box inside and outside. Dawson has a lot of
experience but I know I will be ready for anything he
“There are a lot of Polish fans I’m expecting to see on
Saturday night. I know that Brooklyn has a large population
of Polish boxing fans. I’m ready for that feeling. I’m back
and I’m going after a world title.”
“I’ve had my eyes on this fight date for a while. I knew
that I had to get on this card. There had to be at least one
woman representing our sport on this card.
“The women have to work three times as hard just to get to
this point. Girls train just as hard as men and we’re
working towards getting our due.
“We don’t just represent ourselves when we get in the ring,
we represent our sport. There’s always an incredible amount
of pressure, no matter what the stage is.
“Just before this fight camp I was coming off of an
eight-week MMA camp. Thinking about a girl who can only hit
me with two hands, I’m not worried at all.
“I’m excited to get back in the ring and put on a show for
my loyal and dedicated fans who love to watch me fight.”
“I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be on this
card. We’re more than prepared for this fight. We have a
tough opponent but I’m ready to take everything we’ve done
in the gym and put it into the ring.
“My team has watched some tape on my opponent. I personally
don’t like to watch too much of their tapes. Everyone fights
different opponents differently. We came up with a game plan
for this fight and that’s what we’ve been working on all
“A win means everything to me. It’s going to help me climb
the ladder and help me take another step in my career.
“I love fighting in New York. The people in this city are
incredible and they come out for big fights like this. It’s
huge to be on this stage and I’m going to take advantage of
“The bright lights have never scared me away. I’m more
motivated by the importance of this card. All I care about
is what happens in the fight. I don’t see any distractions.
I’m focused on my opponent.
“I prepare for every fight like it’s for a world title. It’s
the same system for getting ready. But I am aware that
people have a lot of tape on me now, so my team has been
working on bringing something different to each fight.
“As of now, I’m the IBF mandatory, but I’m not looking past
Clarence Booth. I want to take care of this fight and then
move on to whoever is holding that belt in June or July. I
want a world title fight next.
“I respect every man who steps into that squared-circle.
Clarence Booth is a great fighter and I respect him for
getting in the ring with me. He’s in my way and I plan on
putting on a great performance.”
“Being in camp with Keith Thurman is like being in the
school of boxing. We spar, get some good rounds in and he
always gives me good advice.
“I’m prepared for anything on Saturday night. I’ve watched
him a little bit. I see he’s a big puncher, but I’m a big
puncher too. I’m ready to get to work.
“I can do it all in the ring. I can brawl, box and adjust to
my opponent. I’m excited for this fight on Saturday.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me and I’m just
excited to get in the ring and take advantage of it on
“I’m excited to make my pro debut. I’ve fought in the Golden
Gloves at Barclays Center before so there’s no pressure
heading into this one.
“I’ve had a long amateur career and I think all of that
prepared me for this moment. Everything I’ve been doing
since I was 13 has led to this.
“I don’t know too much about my opponent but I’m going to go
in there and adapt. We’ve trained to be prepared for this.
“I’ve always seen myself fighting on big cards and one day
I’ll be the headliner. We’re finally on the right track
towards what I’m looking to accomplish.”