Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Danny Garcia Breaks Down Vargas, Sets Up Thurman Showdown

image

By David P. Greisman

Danny Garcia got the tune-up fight he wanted, taking target practice and taking out Samuel Vargas with a seventh-round technical knockout.

It was all to set up a fight with Keith Thurman in March, though Garcia and Thurman had their own confrontation in the ring after this bout. That’s why this fight was happening — to give Garcia a chance to keep the rust off and to help set up the welterweight unification fight in early 2017.

Vargas was never going to be hard to hit, as quickly became evident in the first round. He played into Garcia’s hands — literally. Garcia continued to score in the second, and Vargas continued to come forward, an all-too-willing recipient who felt his only chance of winning was to absorb incoming fire on the way for a hopeful opportunity to unleash his own.

There is a big difference between firing shots and hitting your target. As the round came to an end, Vargas sent out two punches. Garcia ducked to dodge them, then came up with a big right hand. Vargas fell backward and performed a rear somersault. He listened to the referee count, taking as much time as he could to recover before rising. The bell then rang.

Garcia continued to bring roars from the crowd with flush punches in the third round, landing enough that Vargas for a time began to allow Garcia to come forward instead. But even when Garcia was the aggressor with his footwork, he still preferred to wait for Vargas to throw so that he could counter with faster and harder blows.

danny-garcia (19)_3

Garcia found plenty more opportunities to land. The shots began to take an increasing effect on Vargas. A right hand sent Vargas back a step in the sixth. Vargas shook his head and continued to come forward.

But in the seventh, the punishment added up and a Garcia barrage with Vargas on the ropes led referee Gary Rosato to jump in two minutes and 17 seconds into the round.

“I came here to do what I did today. I haven’t fought since January. I came here to get some rounds in,” Garcia said afterward.

The former 140-pound champion moved up to the welterweight division in August 2015, stopping Paulie Malignaggi. He then outpointed Robert Guerrero for a vacant world title this past January. The Vargas fight was a non-title bout.

Garcia, 28, of Philadelphia, is now 33-0 with 19 KOs.

Afterward, he was asked about Thurman, who was working the broadcast for Spike TV.

“Hey, Philly. What up?” Garcia said. “If y’all want me to see me whip this guy’s ass, make some noise.”

The crowd cheered. And Thurman was in the ring, ready to retort and once again raise the insult of Garcia cherry picking his opposition.

“I’m a different caliber. I’m not no cherry,” Thurman said. “I ain’t no easy pickings, boy. Prove it, man.”

They then went face to face before being broken apart.

Thurman-Garcia is scheduled for March 4, either on CBS or Showtime.

As for Vargas, the 27-year-old is now 25-3-1 with 13 KOs. He had been stopped in four rounds by Errol Spence in April 2015 and had won five straight since then.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by John Locke on 11-14-2016

[QUOTE=frantic fighter;17195373]This is all inaccurate Danny fought at 132 in the amateurs with Crawford and Mikey Garcia.[/QUOTE] [url]http://www.boxing-scoop.com/show_boxer.php?boxer_ID=679[/url] He moved up to 141

Comment by IMDAZED on 11-14-2016

[QUOTE=frantic fighter;17195733]Just the weight portion, Danny fought 132 as an amateur.[/QUOTE] Where did I mention a weight portion?

Comment by frantic fighter on 11-14-2016

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;17195658]What exactly is inaccurate? Garcia winning the under-19's in 2005? Or that he won the US national championship in 2006?[/QUOTE] Just the weight portion, Danny fought 132 as an amateur.

Comment by IMDAZED on 11-14-2016

[QUOTE=frantic fighter;17195373]This is all inaccurate Danny fought at 132 in the amateurs with Crawford and Mikey Garcia.[/QUOTE] What exactly is inaccurate? Garcia winning the under-19's in 2005? Or that he won the US national championship in 2006?

Comment by frantic fighter on 11-14-2016

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;17195271]Idk if Shawn was the best. Garcia won the national champion for the under-19 and then won the regular one as well.[/QUOTE] This is all inaccurate Danny fought at 132 in the amateurs with Crawford and Mikey Garcia.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (237)
Top Headlines Crawford: I've Been Hit With Bigger Shots Since Gamboa Fight Photos: Thorslund vs. Graf, Ceylan vs. Sanchez - On Weight Andrade: Saunders Unprofessional, But If It Happens, It Happens Krael, McCarter, Hitchins, Cortes Win in Las Vegas: Bellows Loses News: Lerena vs. Mann, Nico Hernandez, Sam Bowen, More Malignaggi: Danny Garcia wins 'close, tricky fight' with Granados Hearn: I Don't Believe We've Yet Seen The Best of Andrade Bob Arum: Al Haymon is Doing a Disservice to His Welterweights Andrade: I'm The Best Talent Out There at 154, 160, Maybe 168 BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week - January 18 UK News: Joyce-Tiffney, Archie Sharp, Danny Dignum, More Why Are So Many Boxing Fans Still Drawn To Adrien Broner? Kovalev Charged With Felony Assault, Allegedly Punched Woman Video: Malignaggi Breaks Down Canelo-Jacobs, Pacquiao-Broner Video: Memo Heredia Talks Pacquiao-Broner, Spence-Garcia Video: Badou Jack Ready For Marcus Browne Clash Video: Broner's Trainer Gives Take on Pacquiao Fight Video: Dillian Whyte Discusses Being a Free Agent, More Maurice Hooker Set For March 9 Defense vs. Mikkel LesPierre De La Hoya: Jacobs Worries Me; 2nd-Best at 160 After Canelo Roach: Pacquiao Hit Me To The Chest - Whole Body Went Numb! WBC: Jack-Browne Winner Will Be Mandatory To Gvozdyk Canelo-Jacobs: Venue TBD, T-Mobile The Current Frontrunner Photos: Warren vs. Oubaali, Ruiz vs. Tepora - Face To Face Photos: Badou Jack, Marcus Browne - Go Face To Face Jacobs Inks New Deal With Hearn, Three Fight Deal With DAZN Photos: Bryant Jennings, Oscar Rivas - Ready For Battle in Verona Photos: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan - Go Face To Face in NYC Ellerbe: Broner Beating Pacquiao is No Upset, This is 50-50 Fight Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs Finalized For May 4 Photos: Serrano vs. Voraberger, Doheny vs. Takahashi - Weigh-In Photos: Jorge Linares, Pable Cesar Cano - Ready For War Photos: Chris Algieri, Danny Gonzalez - On Point To Fight Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Artur Akavov - Ready For Battle Erislandy Lara vs. Brian Castano Tops Showtime Triple, March 2 Ricardo Quiroz To Face Jamaine Ortiz on February 23 Photos: Keith Thurman Putting in Work For Josesito Lopez Weights From New York City: Andrade 159.8, Akavov 160 Hearn Prepared To Win Purse Bid For Wilder-Fury Rematch Broner: Arum Offered Me $2 Million To Fight Pacquiao; F*** Him!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement