Danny Garcia: I'd Be ‘Dumb’ To Skip a Tune-up Before Thurman

By Keith Idec, photo by Premier Boxing Champions

Danny Garcia makes no apologies for his fight Saturday night.

He has been criticized for facing Colombia’s Samuel Vargas at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia (Spike) in a tune-up for his March 4 showdown with Keith Thurman.

Garcia, who hasn’t fought since he beat Robert Guerrero on January 23 in Los Angeles, contends he had no other choice than to take a lesser fight for which several Internet sports books list Vargas (25-2-1, 13 KOs) as a 16-1 underdog.

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“It was very important,” Garcia told “You can’t go into a big fight off a 14-month layoff. I don’t know who does that. I’ve gotta be dumb to do that. I’ve gotta get my mind into fight mode. We’re looking forward to this fight and the future.”

Garcia’s layoff will have lasted nearly 10 months partially because negotiations for a proposed fall fight against Andre Berto fell apart, presumably over money. Premier Boxing Champions organizer Al Haymon eventually decided against televising fights on network television in September and October.

Rather than revisit a possible Garcia-Berto bout, Haymon pursued a more appealing welterweight championship unification bout between Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs), the WBC world 147-pound champion, and Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs), the WBA world welterweight champion.

Thurman, of Clearwater, Fla., will be a guest commentator for the Spike broadcast, which will start at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bigg Rigg on 11-12-2016

[QUOTE=SeekDaGreat;17188456]Bro, you been tuning up. For two years.[/QUOTE] Yo bro, chill. When your man Nelo stops looking like a little b1tch, then u can talk about how Danny pulling any suspect moves. Till then, u gotta fall back. Nelo cherry…

Comment by Lou Cipher on 11-12-2016

[QUOTE=texasboi15;17190031][B][SIZE="5"]You tried to hurry up and take it down..[/SIZE][/B] [img][/img] [B][SIZE="7"]BWaHaahaHahaaHA!!![/SIZE][/B][/QUOTE] I own you Boi.

Comment by rrayvez on 11-12-2016

[QUOTE=Lou Cipher;17189984]Your Mom is a fat slut.[/QUOTE] typical puss response. Challenged to box and responds with a your mama joke. Big talk from behind the keyboard but in real life I'd rock your jaw harder than Canelo did your hero…

Comment by redmyth79 on 11-12-2016

[QUOTE=BluDivision;17188477]Peterson, Malinaggi or Guerrero are not tune ups. People really overlook Garcia. SMH. You will see how GREAT Danny is when he fights Thurman.[/QUOTE] Danny will get get beat by Thurman and pretty badly in my opinion. Danny is not…

Comment by texasboi15 on 11-11-2016

[B][SIZE="5"]You tried to hurry up and take it down..[/SIZE][/B] [img][/img] [B][SIZE="7"]BWaHaahaHahaaHA!!![/SIZE][/B]

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