Keith Thurman Unifies Welterweight Division With
Split-Decision Over Danny Garcia
Photos: Tom Casino - SHOWTIME
Keith Thurman is the unified
welterweight world champion.
Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) unified boxing’s glamour division
with a split-decision victory over Danny Garcia (33-1, 19
KOs) on Saturday, defending his WBA belt and picking up
Garcia’s WBC crown on boxing’s biggest stage in primetime on
CBS from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
The event, which was produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for the
CBS Television Network, marked the highest-attended boxing
event in Barclays Center history with 16,533 fans witnessing
just the 10th unification in division history.
The close affair, which was only the third time undefeated
fighters unified the 147-pound division, was scored 116-112
Thurman, 115-113 Thurman and 115-113 Garcia.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS main event, which
was presented by Premier Boxing Champions, was a tale of
effective aggression and ring generalship. Thurman came out
swinging and was the busier and more accurate fighter in
nine of the 12 rounds. “One Time” Thurman was more tactical
in the second half of the fight, utilizing lateral movement
and working off his jab. Garcia picked up the pace and was
more active in the final rounds, but it was too little too
late for the previously undefeated Philadelphia native.
“I thought I out-boxed him.” said Thurman, who likely earned
a spot on boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound list with the
impressive victory. “I thought it was a clear victory, but
Danny came to fight. I knew when it was split and I had that
wide spread, I knew it had to go to me.
“I was not giving the fight away. I felt like we had a nice
lead, we could cool down. I felt like we were controlling
the three-minute intervals every round. My defense was
effective – he wasn’t landing.”
A former unified champion at 140-pound, Garcia was aiming to
be the first fighter in history to unify titles at 140 and
"I came up short tonight,” said Garcia, who entered the bout
with a 7-0 record in world title bouts. “I thought I was the
aggressor. I thought I pushed the pace. But it didn’t go my
"I thought I won and I was pushing the fight. But it is what
it is. I’ll come back strong like a true champion. I would
love a rematch to get these titles.”
SHOWTIME Sports analyst and unofficial scorer Steve Farhood
scored the fight 116-112 for Thurman.
Undefeated super welterweight Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs)
knocked out Jorge Cota (23-2, 20 KOs) in a WBC 154-pound
title eliminator, dropping the previously once-beaten Cota
with a flush overhand left at 1:25 (TKO) of the fourth
Lubin now becomes the No. 2 challenger to WBC Welterweight
World Championship Jermell Charlo, who is due a mandatory
bout against No. 1 contender Charles Hatley.
The Orlando-native Lubin landed 47 percent of his power
shots across four rounds of shutout boxing.
“I baited him with the jab. I knew he was going to come with
the big shots early,” Lubin said to reporter Jim Gray. “I
put a few tricks on him, I landed that overhand and it was
night-night. I put my hands down to bait him in, I did a
squat and then it was night-night. I was ready to follow-up
with a right but he was already out.”
At just 21-years-old, Lubin now has an opportunity to become
the youngest world champion in boxing today.
“That would mean a lot to me; that would mean a lot to
Orlando, Florida,” Lubin said. “This is my second time
knocking someone out in front of Ray Leonard. He’s one of my
favorite fighters of all time. It’s an honor to do this on