Keith Thurman Media Workout
Photos: Prime 360 Photography
champion Keith “One Time” Thurman hosted media at his
training camp in St. Petersburg, FL Wednesday as he prepares
to face fellow welterweight world champion Danny “Swift”
Garcia in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on
CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday, March
4 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Broadcast coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with
undefeated rising star Erickson Lubin battling once-beaten
knockout artist Jorge Cota in a super welterweight title
Here is what Thurman had to say Wednesday from the St.
Petersburg Boxing Club:
"At the end of the day, it's just another fight. My job has
not changed since I was seven years old. This is the sport
that I love. The name of the game to hit and not get hit,
but you know I'm looking to inflict some damage as well.
"I know Danny is confident coming into this fight. He's
trying to challenge me and hurt me. I have an '0' and I'm
not ready to let it go. If you think you can beat me, beat
me. It's going down on March 4.
"You can expect a world class fight. We're both great
champions with impressive skills. We're going to be pushing
each other and testing each other. I see myself as the
smarter fighter. I've shown that I can adjust in the middle
of a fight. With the experience that I have, I go in there
with an objective I'm trying to achieve. If it's not
happening, then I have to use something else.
"Ultimately, my heart desires victory at this stage and at
this level. I'm looking to do what I do best. Which is be a
smart fighter, look for the openings and if I can cause some
damage, hopefully I can capitalize on that.
"I showed against Shawn Porter that when you fully challenge
me and make me gut it out, I'm there. I'm a champion and
this champion doesn't lie down for anybody. That fight was a
tremendous fight and we showed that we understand each other
"I thought to myself after eight rounds against Porter,
'this fight is tied.' Nothing that happened in the first
eight rounds mattered. The fight was going to be decided in
four rounds, just like the amateurs. I had to do what Ben
Getty always said, 'smart fighters win and dumb fighters
"I just want to keep moving myself up and establishing my
legacy. I want to distinguish myself from the other
welterweights. The winner of this fight will get the
spotlight over everyone else in the division.
"I'm doing this for my career, for my legacy and for the
fans. Without the fans, there's no legacy. I've been boxing
for 21 years of my life and I look forward to having some
more great years. I'm proud to be living my dream.
"To get two tremendous fights back-to-back is evidence that
I'm on the right track and you could say we're gaining more
power in the sport. I'm getting what I want out of the
sport, which are big fights like this.
"This is something that the fans are excited about and I'm
truly looking forward to this fight. I just want to keep
living my dreams and working to become the best fighter in
"Establishing a unification of a weight class is my ultimate
goal in the sport of boxing. That's what we're working for.”
DAN BIRMINGHAM, Thurman’s Trainer
“The preparation has been fantastic. Keith has been on both.
His long runs, short runs, sprinting, listening to
everything in the gym not to mention great sparring. You are
going to see a great performance.
“This is a dream come true for me. I never dreamed of this
when I was Youngstown, OH before I came to Florida. When I
came here there were guys like Jeff Lacy and Winky Wright
that came into my gym who I’ve been fortunate enough to work
with. Then came Ben Getty and Keith Thurman.
“I owe most of this to Ben Getty. I want him to get a lot of
the recognition. He really deserves it. I am just trying to
continue what he started.
“Fans are going to see a great performance. They are going
to see a well-conditioned, well-trained Keith Thurman. He is
very focused on getting rid of Garcia and moving up in the