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February 15

Thurman looking to inflict some damage on Garcia

Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, PBC, CBS, Welterweight, WBA, WBC

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by Shaun Brown

Keith Thurman may be in boxing to hit and not get hit, but the WBA welterweight champion says he is looking to "inflict some damage" on WBC 147lbs champion Danny Garcia when the unbeaten pair meet on March 4 at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.

'One Time' Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) held a media workout today at his training camp in St. Petersburg, FL and - like that familiar fighter's cliche - is treating this fight like any other fight despite its magnitude.

"My job has not changed since I was seven years old. This is the sport that I love.

"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."

And Thurman sees himself as the smarter fighter in this fantastic match-up.

"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."

Thurman also cited his heart as an important factor in this fight. Last June, Thurman and his old friend Shawn Porter went toe-to-toe in a thriller that was high on athleticism, resilience and a burning desire to be the winner on the night.

"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 as fighters.

"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 lose.'"

The fight against Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs), and a win against the Philadelphian is all about establishing Thurman's legacy as well as distinguishing himself from the rest of the talent-filled division.

"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 the world."

Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia is a welterweight world title showdown between undefeated 147-pound titlists. The 12-round bout headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday March 4 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™. In the co-main event undefeated rising star Erickson Lubin battles once-beaten knockout artist Jorge Cota in a super welterweight title eliminator bout on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The card will also air live on Boxnation in the UK.