WBC World Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia has dismissed the threat Keith Thurman poses ahead of their unification fight, live on BoxNation.
The unbeaten pair square off on March 4th in one of the most anticipated bouts of 2017 between two of the best at 147 pounds, but Garcia is not worried about his next opponent.
Speaking to Fight Hub TV, he said: “He’s a good fighter, I take nothing away from him, but I’m more battled-tested than him and I’ve fought better fighters.
“I don’t see what people see. He’s just regular to me! I respect him because he’s a Champion but I don’t even know who he beat for the WBA belt.”
Thurman has amassed a 27-0 record, stopping 22 of his opponents before the final bell and Garcia believes the Florida fighter has had to improve his technical skills since fighting in the unpaid ranks.
“They moved his career good. When he was in the amateurs he was a slugger,” said the 28-year-old. “He’d just come forward and throw bombs, everybody would outbox him. So I guess in the pros he became a good boxer.”
WBA ruler Thurman is the bookmakers’ favourite for the contest, but this does not faze Garcia as he has won as the underdog before, including a huge stoppage victory over Amir Khan in 2012.
“[Khan] is a way better fighter than Keith Thurman. He’s an Olympic silver medallist, he’s fought everybody. Thurman’s got one or two good fights under his resume - and he’s a killer?
“I’m not really worried about him, I’ve just got to go in there and be Danny Garcia. That’s how I base my career - I make sure I’m ready.”
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