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Danny García eyeing Keith Thurman rematch at 154

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Former two division world champion Danny García (36-3, 21 KOs) reigned at both welterweight and light welterweight, but he has two targets ahead in his career- moving up to light middleweight, and avenging his loss against Keith Thurman.

After reigning as the WBC and WBA (Super) light welterweight champion from 2012 to 2014, Danny García moved up to welterweight and clinched the vacant WBC belt at 147 in 2016 January against Robert Guerrero.

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However, García not only lost the green and gold title but also suffered his first professional career defeat at the hands of Keith Thurman in March 2017, as the latter became the new WBC as well as WBA (Super) welterweight champion.

And after four years, “Swift” wants to have his rematch, but this time, he desires the fight to move up at 154.

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Danny García aspires to be more active at 154

Danny Garcia
Danny García aims a rematch against Keith Thurman, but this time in a weight class above. (Image Courtesy:

The faceoff against Thurman in New York ended in a split decision and García’s goal to unify the belts at 147 just like he did at 140 was not achieved, as he shared in a recent interview with SouthBox.

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“Honestly, I would like to go up to 154,” García said in the interview, “Me and Thurman can fight at 154.”

My goal in boxing was to be a three-division world champion at 140, 147, and 154. I fought everyone at 147 and 140. I thought I beat Porter and Thurman,” the 32-year-old, who also lost the vacant WBC welterweight title fight against Shawn Porter in September 2018, added.

I did everything I was supposed to do at 147 even though I didn’t unify the division like I wanted to, but I still became a champion.

Although he clinched the vacant WBC Silver belt in April 2019, Danny García lost anther opportunity to become the unified champion at 147 after losing via unanimous decision against WBC and IBF welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr in December last year.

“I’ll be more active at that weight; I’ll be strong and throw more punches,” García went on “I’ll be a lot sharper and stronger. Sometimes losing all of this weight doesn’t help you, it just drains you and stresses you out.”

“As you get older, you have to move up in weight so you can feel more comfortable and stronger. Just like every other great in the history of boxing, they all did it,” the pugilist concluded. (H/T BoxingScene)

Thurman, on the other hand, has been out of action since losing his WBA (Super) welterweight against Manny Pacquiao in a split decision loss back in July 2019 in Las Vegas.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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