March 7, 2017

DSG Suffers First Taste Of Defeat: "0" Taken By 'One Time' Thurman

Danny Garcia now 33-1
(KO DIGEST) — Defeat is a sorrow once reserved exclusively for Danny "Swift" Garcia's opponents. Just ask Amir Khan, Erik Morales, Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Lucas Matthysse, Mauricio Herrera, Lamont Peterson, and Robert Guerrero. They all came up short against Garcia.

By hook or by crook, Danny is used to winning. But now, for the first time in his professional career, Garcia has been beaten. The man who ended DSG's unbeaten streak is the newly unified WBC & WBA welterweight champion Keith "One Time" Thurman. The loss of a big title bout is a heartache now shared by the 28 year-old Puerto Rican star. Not surprisingly, Garcia believes he won and deserved the nod. "Man, I thought I won the fight. I thought I was the aggressor." 

"I pushed the fight," claims the now ex-champion.

Perhaps Garcia celebrated too soon while he waited for the verdict to be announced last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Thanks to the CBS split screen, fight fans were able to observe both boxers as the split decision was being read aloud by Jimmy Lennon Jr.

Hearing only what he wanted to hear, Garcia must have heard something in the cadence of Lennon's call that he liked for it caused him to prematurely react as though he were sure another close decision would go his way. It was not to be on this night. Though one ringside judge scored the fight 115-113 for Garcia, he was overruled by the two others who scored it 116-112 and 115-113 for Thurman.

"No robbery tonight," said a very satisfied Thurman after the win.

Thurman improves to 28-0
Although not terribly excited by the slow pace of the bout, the vast majority of fans and media agreed with the SD in favor of Thurman; only scratching their heads to wonder why it was split rather than unanimous.

Though a rematch is expected, Garcia faces an uphill climb back to the lofty heights he once enjoyed as an undefeated world champion.

"It is what it is," said a dejected DSG.

The taste of defeat is biter indeed.

Written by Jeffrey Freeman, KO Digest
Photos by Ed Diller, DBE Entertainment