I think we’re finally here… week 8 of Boxing TL;DR. When I started this project I committed to 8 weeks and said I would decide then where to go from there. I’ve been having fun with this and I hope you have been enjoying these. So I’m going to keep going and working on a site and more professional looking crisper newsletter coming soon.
Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia (Sat on CBS at 9Eastern)
This is a big and long awaited matchup in the boxing community. It will be offered to the fans on free TV on CBS using the Showtime boxing production crew so this is a huge opportunity to connect with fans, and if you’ve been reading my newsletters and haven’t tuned into a fight yet then this is your chance. I present you with a lot, but his is the highest caliber and highest entertainment potential at most accessible medium of delivery. Thurman and Garcia are both undefeated, in the peaks of their careers, and each holds a title in the 147lb welterweight division.
This fight has been long in the making and for the last several years Thurman especially has been calling out Garcia to make the fight. Luckily for boxing fans, Al Haymon (manager/”advisor”/quasi promoter/mystery man) has decided 2017 is the time to start matching up the fighters he has invested in. We’ve seen it earlier this year with matching two typically Haymon “A-side” fighters together (ex: Jullian Williams vs. Jermall Charlo), but Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman facing off is the biggest of these “all AL” matchups so far and I think it is certainly good for the sport to not have these elite fighters siloed.
Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22KOs) is known for his long locks, cerebral demeanor, and vicious knock outs. He consistently pays tribute to his now deceased first trainer, Ben Getty, as the man who discovered him and built him into the fighter he is today. He has earned his name “One Time” because sometimes that’s all it takes. It won’t be as easy as that against Garcia but I think there’s a serious chance for a Thurman KO victory.
Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 19KOs) is one of the best boxers in the sport and who has beaten the likes of legend Erik Morales twice and Amir Kahn. Garcia spent most of his career dominating the 140lb weight class. New to 147lb, which has arguably been the premier division of boxing in this generation, he has faced a few good names at 147 and won the vacant WBC welterweight title in a fight against Robert Guerrero (a common opponent for these two) but this will certainly be his biggest test at 147.
My Pick: I am hyped on Keith Thurman so I will say that I’m picking the Thurman KO, rooting for it really. If that does not happen, Garcia wins by Unanimous Decision. I’ll say that if he controls his fight at his pace and goes 12, it wont be going split (2 to 1 judges). <—-There I took a stand, sorta.
tl;dr Two undefeated fighters face off. Both hold championship belts in the welterweight division. Belt unification and big implications for careers of each fighter. This is a big fight for #freeTV find it on CBS Sturday Night at 9 Eastern.
Bengal Bouts Finals are tonight, I’ve mentioned this a few times already for my Notre Dame faithful who like to follow a little, this one tonight will take everyone’s interest. Check it out there is a live stream of the event which is happening live from the Purcell Pavilion at 7pm Eastern. If you don’t think regular students getting a chance to fight under the lights in front of 3,000 fans in the center of the basketball arena is cool, then you probably were the heartless monster who has never shed a tear watching Rudy open his acceptance letter. Plus tonight’s show is a high quality production coming to you from ESPN online platform. Tune in at 7 Eastern.
tl;dr last chance to watch some Bengal Bouts boxing, tune in. While you’re there help grow education in Bangladesh and donate to the cause.
This Day In Boxing History
March 3rd 2007 Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez face off for the first time. This was in instant classic which lead to not a trilogy, but 4 fights between them. Highlights of Marquez-Vazquez I
March 4th 1961 Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini is born. (notice the hilarious Mancini theme song in this video)