Thomas Dulorme: “I Can Knock Danny [Garcia] Out”
By: Hans Themistode
Thomas Dulorme has built his career on facing the toughest opponents out there. Fresh off the heels of back-to-back grueling losses at the hands of Jamal James and Eimantas Stanionis, Dulorme (25-5-1, 16 KOs) has reportedly signed up to take on another highly ranked contender in the welterweight division, in Jaron Ennis. Both sides have signed their contractual agreements and will face off in a yet to be named location, sometime this fall.
Although Dulorme already has his next opponent lined up, the 31-year-old Puerto Rican native was eyeing a showdown against former two-division world champion, Danny Garcia.
“This is a great fight for the fans and for the people,” said Dulorme during an interview with Boxing Social.
While Dulorme has expressed an interest in facing the Philadelphia product, a matchup between the pair appears unlikely. Not only does Dulorme have to deal with the highly talented Ennis in a showdown where he is currently a substantial underdog but Garcia appears to be heading towards a different career path.
In December of 2020, Garcia took on unified 147-pound titlist, Errol Spence Jr. Although Garcia claimed that he would hand Spence Jr. the first defeat of his career, the 33-year-old struggled mightily with the size, pressure, and overall boxing ability of the unified champion and was handed a one-sided decision loss.
Since then, Garcia has stated on numerous occasions that a move up in weight could be next on his agenda. After picking up world titles at both 140 and 147 pounds, Garcia has long wanted to accomplish a personal goal of being crowned a champion in three separate weight divisions.
But while Garcia is attempting to bulk up to make the transition to the 154-pound weight class a seamless one, Dulorme believes that if Garcia has a change of heart and decides to stick around a bit longer, a matchup between them would ultimately produce fireworks. But, it’s also one that would see Garcia hit the canvas.
“I can knock Danny out. I’m too strong for Danny.”
Brian Castano Willing To Give Danny Garcia A Title Shot
By: Hans Themistode
Ever since Danny Garcia declared that he planned on dipping his toes in the 154-pound waters, the Philadelphia native has gotten his fair share of interested opponents. After unified champion Jermell Charlo claimed that he would be willing to take him on, so too has WBO titlist, Brian Castano.
“He’s a strong guy,” said Castano when asked if he would face Garcia during an interview with EsNews. “He’s a very, very good fighter. I’ll fight anybody, anytime.”
Garcia, 33, recently came up short in his latest bid to recapture a world title in December of 2020. After reeling off two straight victories, Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) challenged unbeaten unified welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr. While he was confident in his ability to pick up the victory, Garcia was thoroughly outboxed and outworked over the course of 12 rounds.
Since then, Garcia has claimed that he is most likely done with the 147-pound division, unless, a big fight came in his direction. Ultimately, Garcia dreams of becoming a three-division world champion.
Although Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) is willing to give Garcia an immediate title shot, the Argentinian would much rather face Charlo again. The two squared off just a few weeks ago at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. With Castano hoping to become the first undisputed world champion at 154 pounds since Winky Wright nearly two decades ago, he was forced to settle for a highly controversial draw.
If, for some reason, Castano was presented the opportunity to face Garcia, the 31-year-old wouldn’t hesitate. But for now, his preference is to face Charlo.
“I’m waiting for the rematch. It was a great fight for the fans.”
Errol Spence Jr. Claims He “Wasn’t Right At All” For Danny Garcia Fight But Now Feels “Strong As Heck” As Manny Pacquiao Showdown Nears
By: Hans Themistode
During the final few days before his showdown against Danny Garcia, Errol Spence Jr. regurgitated repeatedly that he was just fine. Having watched the Dallas native being flung from his sports car in October of 2019 during a horrific car wreck, the 31-year-old took his time in the recovery room.
In total, Spence Jr. spent over a year on the sidelines as he worked with trainer Derrick James on his timing, conditioning, mindset, and overall health. But while Spence Jr. would continue to tell reporters that he felt like his old self, behind the scenes, he was far from okay.
“I wasn’t right,” said Spence Jr. during an interview with Barbershop Conversations. “I wasn’t right at all. I can write a book about my whole training camp and stuff that was happening and going on. It was a lot of stuff. I just knew that he was going to have to be in a real dog fight to beat me.”
The dog fight that Spence Jr. was ultimately looking for, however, never took place as Garcia stood patiently on the outside and seldom threw combinations at the unified titlist. In the end, the Philadelphian suffered a one-sided decision loss.
In regards to his performance, Spence Jr. appeared proud to snag the victory. But all in all, he was expecting much more from the former two-division titlist.
“I knew I could outbox him easily. I thought he was going to throw punches, and come at me and have a lot of enthusiasm.”
With his matchup against Garcia in the rearview mirror, Spence Jr. is currently looking ahead. At the moment, the Dallas product is putting the finishing touches on an arduous training camp as he prepares to take on former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. The two are slated to face off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 21st.
As the day’s inch closer and closer, the issues that plagued Spence Jr. for his camp against Garcia are now a distant memory. With the biggest fight of his career rapidly approaching, Spence Jr. is confident that he’ll ultimately inflict the sort of damage that will see Pacquiao exit the sport of boxing for good.
“Now, I’m feeling strong as heck. I wanted to be as strong as I can to knock out Manny Pacquiao and send him off into retirement.”
Angel Garcia: “Danny (Garcia) Will Be Champion By The End Of This Year Or Beginning Of Next Year”
By: Hans Themistode
It’s been several years since Danny Garcia was able to look in the mirror and call himself a world champion.
The former two-division belt holder had his championship status forcefully stripped away from him in March of 2017 against Keith Thurman. The two clashed in a welterweight unification bout, which saw Garcia pick up the first loss of his career. Since then, the Philadelphia native has attempted on two occasions to strap world titles around his now bare waist.
In September of 2018, Garcia came up just short against Shawn Porter for the vacant 147 pound WBC title. He dusted himself off and picked up two straight wins before suffering another defeat on the world title stage. This time, against unified champion Errol Spence Jr. in December of 2020.
Despite his recent shortcomings, Angel Garcia, father and trainer of Danny, is still dripping with confidence that his son will lace his shoulders with gold once again. In fact, he’s even gone as far as to give a time frame on when he expects it to happen.
“Listen, Danny will be champion by the end of this year or beginning of next year,” said Angel during a self-recorded video.
Since suffering his recent defeat at the hands of Spence Jr., Garcia has contemplated a move up in weight. With world title reigns at 140 and 147 pounds, the Philadelphia slugger believes that his boxing career would be somewhat incomplete if he didn’t secure one more championship in what would be his third weight division.
“I really want to go to 154, I really do,” said Garcia during an interview with FightHype.com. “My dream was always to be a three-division champion. I feel like that’s the next chapter in my career but I’m not saying I won’t fight at 147 again.”
While Angel Garcia has assured the boxing world that his son will pick up another world title at either the end of this year or early next year, it’s unclear if he’ll attempt to do so at 154 or 147 pounds.
Currently, the 33-year-old former two-division champion has been seen back in training as he prepares to make his return to the ring.
Jermell Charlo: “If Danny Garcia Wanna Taste That Water, It’s Deep Over Here, Come See What This Action About”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermell Charlo is only a few days away from attempting a lifelong dream. The unified 154-pound titlist is set to take on WBO belt holder, Brian Castano on July 17th at the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas. If Charlo were to win, he would become the first undisputed world champion at 154 pounds since Winky Wright in 2004.
With the final piece of the 154-pound puzzle so painstakingly close, Charlo is placing all of his attention on the Argentinian native. With that said, he can’t help but notice the news waves former two-division champion Danny Garcia has been making as of late.
After campaigning at 147 pounds for the past six years, Garcia recently revealed that he plans on moving up in weight. Before the Philadelphia native hangs up his gloves, he has one more goal he wants to accomplish, becoming a three-division world champion. Upon hearing the news that Garcia intends on moving up to his weight class, Charlo has decided to be his chauffeur so to speak, and give him a tour of the junior middleweight division.
“If Danny Garcia wanna taste that water, it’s deep over here in this ocean,” said Charlo during a self-recorded video. “Let him come and see what this action about.”
Garcia, 33, had a mixed bag of results at 147. Before he made the trek seven pounds north, Garcia dominated the opposition at 140 pounds. During his run, he scored decisive wins against former champions such as Zab Judah, Amir Khan and Erik Morales. While he ultimately picked up a world title in his second weight division, he fell short in his biggest matches at the weight against Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr.
Garcia’s losses to both Porter and Thurman were extremely competitive. But in the case of Spence Jr., he was thoroughly outclassed. On that night, in particular, Charlo sat ringside to watch the two square off. Not only was the unified titlist there to witness a good fight but more than anything, he was there in full support of Spence Jr. who is Charlo’s close friend and stablemate.
Still, the Philadelphia slugger has been seen on social media, hard at work as he’s bulked up noticeably in an effort to make his transition to 154 that much easier.
Unfortunately for Garcia though, Charlo believes that it doesn’t matter how much time he spends in the gym. Should the two cross paths in the ring, it’ll be one-way traffic.
“He was a lot slower at 147 fighting Errol Spence. He wanna gain some weight and try to put on some power but it ain’t gonna help. It’s different over here.”
Kevin Cunningham Wants Danny Garcia For Erickson Lubin: “If We Can’t Get The Charlo-Castaño Winner, We Would Be Willing To Welcome Danny Garcia To The 154-Pound Division”
By: Hans Themistode
Kevin Cunningham, head trainer of 154-pound contender Erickson Lubin, has successfully helped his young fighter pick up the pieces of his shattered career. After suffering a shocking first round, one-punch knockout loss at the hands of Jermell Charlo in October of 2017, Lubin has gone on to win six straight.
His most recent ring appearance though, may have produced his most impressive performance yet. Just a few weeks ago, Lubin took on former unified champion, Jeison Rosario. Despite being shaken by a right hand in the fourth round, Lubin shrugged off those difficult moments and went on to stop his man in the sixth.
Considering that the Florida native was already made the mandatory challenger to Charlo’s WBC title, Cunningham believes that his fighter deserves credit for continuing to take tough assignment after tough assignment. As for what could be next, outside of a title shot, the long-time trainer doesn’t want to see any fight offers come across his desk unless there’s a big name associated with it.
“I think Hammer made a huge statement,” said Cunningham during an interview with Boxingscene.com. “He’s cut from the throwback fighter’s cloth. Most guys that are sitting in the #1 mandatory spot would look for a soft touch until they get the title shot. Hammer’s only interested in fighting the best in the division. So while he’s waiting for his shot, he’s willing to fight the other top names in the division.”
Speaking of top names in the division, Danny Garcia, a former unified champion at 140 pounds and a one-time belt holder at 147, is ready to move up in an attempt to be considered an elite 154-pounder.
“I really want to go to 154 pounds,” said Garcia during a recent interview with FightHype.com. “I really do.”
If the decision was solely up to Cunningham, he would much rather Lubin take on the winner of the undisputed showdown between Charlo and Brian Castaño on July 17th. Believing that his man has done everything necessary to warrant a title shot in his next bout, Cunningham desperately wants Lubin to get another crack at a world title.
But, as is the case at times in boxing, mandated title challengers are made to wait far longer than they would like. If the same fate awaits Lubin, Cunningham would have no problem preparing his man to take on a decorated fighter who is looking to make a mark in his new division.
“We only want a marquee fight next. If for some reason we can’t get the Charlo-Castaño winner, we would be willing to oblige Danny Garcia and welcome him to the 154-pound division.”
Danny Garcia On Possible Showdown Against Jermell Charlo: “I’ll Fight Him, Boxing Is About Fighting The Best And Daring To Be Great”
By: Hans Themistode
At the age of 33, Danny Garcia has had a long and successful career. At one point, he ruled over the 140-pound division, knocking off top names such as Amir Khan, Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse. He then moved on to the welterweight division where he captured a world title against former belt holder Robert Guerrero.
Now, after facing the biggest names in both weight classes, Garcia is ready to move onto the next chapter in his career.
“I really want to go to 154, I really do,” said Garcia during an interview with FightHype.com. “My dream was always to be a three division champion. I feel like that’s the next chapter in my career but I’m not saying I won’t fight at 147 again.”
While Garcia doesn’t appear to be the biggest welterweight, he has routinely admitted that making the 147-pound weight limit is becoming increasingly more difficult. Still, the Philadelphia native is more than willing to drain his body down one more time if the right fight contract came across his desk.
“Mikey Garcia, that’s a big fight for me,” said Garcia when asked who he would be willing to stay at 147 to fight. “A rematch with Thurman, that’s a big fight for me.”
For Garcia, he shares a past with both men. In March of 2017, Thurman handed Garcia the first loss of his professional career. As for Mikey, the two have long been rumored to step into the ring with one another, however, nothing has ever materialized.
If Garcia is unable to attract any of those names at 147 pounds, a move seven pounds north will be in his immediate future. As previously mentioned by Garcia, long before he turned pro and became one of the biggest names in the sport, the Philadelphia product dreamed of hoisting world titles in three separate divisions.
So far, Garcia has scratched two off his list. In order to place the final checkmark on his boxing bucket list, in all likelihood, Garcia would have to face current unified 154-pound champion, Jermell Charlo. The Houston native is currently in the midst of training camp as he prepares to take on WBO belt holder Brian Castano, with a chance to become the first undisputed champion at 154 pounds since Winky in 2004.
At the moment, Charlo is favored to walk away with the win. If he does, in fact, leave the ring with all four world titles wrapped around his waist on July 17th, Garcia says he wants in on the action.
“He’s a big guy but I want to get my feet wet first. I would like to fight somebody at 154, get my feet wet and then if they offer me that fight, I’ll take it. I’ll fight him. Boxing is about fighting the best and daring to be great.”
Keith Thurman Compares The Punching Power Of Danny Garcia To Manny Pacquiao: “Nobody Hit Like Danny”
By: Hans Themistode
Keith Thurman believes his time on the shelf is slowly but surely coming to an end. The former unified welterweight titlist is back in the gym and working hard to return to form. Recently, rumors surfaced of a possible rematch between Thurman and long-time rival, Shawn Porter. In 2016, Thurman edged out a close unanimous decision victory between the pair.
Whether their showdown comes to fruition or not is yet to be seen but at the moment, Thurman is focused on the biggest fight in the welterweight division that is set to take place in just a few short months when Manny Pacquiao takes on current unified champion Errol Spence Jr.
Having gone toe to toe with Pacquiao in July of 2019, Thurman knows exactly what it feels like to be on the other end of the former eight-division world champions punches. Considering that Thurman went down from a punch in the opening round to Pacquiao for only the second time in his career and was hurt on multiple occasions, he wholeheartedly respects how hard Pacquiao hits. With that said, he isn’t the biggest puncher he’s ever faced.
“Nobody hit like Danny (Garcia),” said Thurman during an interview with FightHype.com “He felt like a big brick, Pacquiao felt like a little brick. Now the weird part is that Pacquiao’s hands just felt heavy. After the fight, I was like why did his fist feel so hard in the fight? I could handle it but I was thinking does he do certain training? Does he have more bone density in his hands? Did they do some Asian stuff? What did they do?”
As Thurman paused for a moment to reminisce of his back and forth battle with Pacquiao that ultimately resulted in the first defeat of his career, the Florida native believes he understands why Pacquiao hit so hard.
“I was looking at a picture that my dad framed up at his house, he took a picture of me and Pac trading body blows. When I looked at the picture, I noticed that Pacquiao wore those old-school Mexican Reyes gloves. Back when me and Ben Getty (Thurman’s old trainer who passed away) was knocking everybody out, we always wore those Mexican Reyes gloves. What would it have felt like for Pacquiao if I would’ve worn those Reyes?”
In the end, Thurman’s question is likely to never be answered as the two continue to go in opposite directions. Still, despite what he deems as unfinished business and regardless of how much respect he has for the hard-hitting future first ballot Hall of Famer, Thurman still gives Garcia the edge in the power department.
The two initially faced off in March of 2017. Although Thurman picked up the win relatively easily, he always stood firmly behind his claims that the punches Garcia landed on his shoulders made him unable to lift his arm for a week. So, even with the constant punishment he withstood at the hands of Pacquiao, Thurman still gives Garcia the edge in punching power.
“Pacquiao does hit hard, he hits fast but as a welterweight, it’s not the hardest punch I’ve ever felt. It’s the hardest punch I’ve ever felt coming from a little guy like Pacquiao. But Danny Garcia, the way he plants his feet, the way he develops tork into his punches, he’s not even a real welterweight and to me, he was the hardest hitting welterweight that I faced.”
Danny Garcia “Spence Three Times Stronger Than Thurman But Thurman Was The Better Skilled fighter”
By: Hans Themistode
When Danny Garcia tasted defeat for the first in his career against Keith Thurman in March of 2017, the Philadelphia native was adamant that he was the recipient of a bad decision. The former two-division champion dropped his WBC welterweight title via split decision after his second-half rally fell just short.
In his most recent ring outing, Garcia was thoroughly out-boxed as he suffered the most lopsided loss of his career against unified champion, Errol Spence Jr.
The consensus surrounding both Spence Jr. and Thurman is that the unified titlist is far and away a much better fighter. However, after sharing the ring with both, Garcia actually gives Thurman the nod in several categories.
“I feel like Thurman was the better skilled fighter,” said Garcia during a recent interview with FightHype.com. “Thurman had better defense, he’s faster and he’s stronger. Spence is not as fast or not as much power punching as Thurman but he’s a lot physically stronger. He’s three times stronger than Thurman.”
Presently, Spence Jr. is heading towards a unification showdown with WBA titlist, Yordenis Ugas. As for Thurman, his return to the ring is still an open-ended question as he’s remained on the sidelines since his close split decision defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in July of 2019.
Putting his one and only loss to the side though, Garcia is steadfast in his belief that not only is Thurman and Spence Jr. operating on the same level but so is Shawn Porter and WBO belt holder, Terence Crawford.
“I been in there with all of them and they’re all at the same level,” continued Garcia. “I fought him (Crawford) as an amateur at the highest level so I would say that they’re all on the same level, all of them.”
In Garcia’s contest against Porter which take place in September of 2018, the Philadelphia product came up just short in his bid to become a two-time welterweight champion. In terms of Crawford, while both he and Garcia have yet to share a ring in the pros, they’ve swapped fists on two separate occasions in the amateurs with Garcia winning their first contest before losing the second.
While many of the top names in the division are all targeting showdowns against one another, Garcia will no longer be amongst them. The 33-year-old officially stated a few months ago that his days at 147 pounds are over as he will instead opt to move up to 154.
Keith Thurman Dismisses Danny Garcia’s Callouts, Rips His Performance Against Errol Spence Jr.: “He Thanked God That He Didn’t Get Knocked Out”
By: Hans Themistode
Keith Thurman doesn’t recall his showdown against Danny Garcia being particularly close. Despite the split decision victory in 2017, Thurman believes he dominated their contest.
Regardless of his belief, that hasn’t stopped Garcia from calling him out. Earlier this month, the Philadelphia native announced to the boxing world that his time at 147 pounds had officially come to an end as he intends on fighting at the 154-pound weight limit. Although Thurman has no intention of joining him in the Jr middleweight division, that hasn’t stopped Garcia from calling him out.
“I feel like the next chapter in my career is at 154,” said Garcia during an interview with Eric Kelly on SouthBox Radio. “I’ll do a couple of fights and break myself in. Me and Thurman could fight at 54.”
In Thurman’s opinion, it doesn’t matter where they fight, the outcome will be identical to the first time they faced off.
“He was slow at 140 so that ain’t gonna change nothing,” said Thurman during an interview with FightHype. “I don’t know what Danny thinks or what benefactors he has in moving up in weight and calling me out. Just make weight boy.”
For Garcia, his time at 147 pounds comes to an end on a whimper. The former two-division world champion was thoroughly outboxed and outmuscled by unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
Thurman admitted that he watched their contest carefully but he also confessed that he was disappointed in what he saw from Garcia on the night. While the Philadelphia native reassures everyone that he did everything in his power to win, Thurman saw something completely different. In his opinion, Garcia was simply happy to see the final bell while standing upright.
“He didn’t let his hands go until five seconds at the end. He thanked God right away that he didn’t get knocked out. He was being very defensive and didn’t want to let his hands go. I think he was a little timid. I think his dad was trying to get him to throw more punches the whole fight. He was in good position on Spence but he didn’t let his hands go.”
Jermell Charlo: “Danny Garcia Can’t F*ck With Some Of The Dudes That Are Ranked Number Seven Or Eight”
By: Hans Themistode
Danny Garcia has put the entire Jr middleweight division on notice. Following his most recent defeat at the hands of unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. this past December, Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) sat back and contemplated his next move.
Ultimately, the former two-division champion decided that it would be in his best interest to move up in weight. Garcia’s goal is to get acclimated to his new weight class before taking on some of the bigger names in the division in an attempt to once again become champion.
Unified Jr middleweight titlist Jermell Charlo caught whiff of Garcia’s decision to invade his division and appears unconcerned about the Philadelphia native. Those who are interested in seeing how a match between them will play out, will seemingly never get their wish as Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) believes Garcia will struggle with those at the bottom of the Jr middleweight food chain.
“Danny Garcia can’t f*ck with some of the dudes that are ranked number seven or eight,” said Charlo on his Instagram live.
Currently, Charlo has his eyes on other opponents. With Brian Castano recently winning the WBO 154 pound title, Charlo would love the opportunity to face the Argentinian to strip him of his belt and fulfill his dream of becoming an undisputed world champion.
Other names such as Jarrett Hurd, Erislandy Lara and Julian Williams are also opponents he would love to take on as well. As for Garcia, Charlo is steadfast in his belief that not only would he struggle to defeat those ranked at the bottom half of the top ten, but also that he would struggle against an opponent that he made quick work of.
In October of 2017, Charlo scored a highlight reel level knockout over Erickson Lubin in the first round. Since then, he’s bounced back nicely winning his last five contests and finds himself as the number one contender for Charlo’s WBC title.
The Houstonian doesn’t view Garcia as a threat whatsoever. In fact, he believes Lubin would do a number on him if the two were ever to meet in the ring.
“Danny Garcia can’t f*ck with Lubin.”
Danny Garcia: “I Feel Like My Next Chapter In My Career Is At 154”
By: Hans Themistode
Danny Garcia is still licking his wounds courtesy of Errol Spence Jr. The two faced off on a FOX Pay-Per-View event in early December of 2020. On the night, Garcia was thoroughly outboxed and outgunned as the Dallas native proved to be far too much.
For Garcia, the loss to Spence Jr. represented the third of both his career and his 147-pound tenure. After desperately wanting to pick up a signature win in the weight class, Garcia realizes that his dream of once again becoming a world champion more than likely won’t happen at the welterweight division.
Still, the Philadelphia product views his time spent in the weight class as an overwhelming success. Having won a world title against Robert Guerrero in 2016 and reigned for a little over a year, Garcia believes he’s checked off his welterweight to-do list. Now, the multiple division champion is ready to achieve the final goal in his near-decade and a half-long career.
“I feel like my next chapter in my career is at 154,” said Garcia during a recent interview with Eric Kelly on SouthBox Radio. “My goal in boxing was to be a three-division world champion. 140, 147 and 154. I fought everybody at 147 and 140. I thought I beat Thurman and I thought beat Porter and I had my opportunities to beat Spence. But, I feel like I did everything that I was supposed to do at 147, even though I didn’t unify the division like I wanted to, I still became champion.”
Somewhat controversial losses to the aforementioned Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter still haunt Garcia. In both instances, fans who tuned in to watch were split down the middle in terms of who they believed should have been given the nod.
With Garcia officially waving goodbye to the welterweight division, he doesn’t have an eye on anyone in particular in soon to be new home. With that said, he knows good and well that he will more than likely be at a weight disadvantage. To offset that, Garcia wants his opponents at his new weight class to be chosen wisely.
“Boxing is all about matchmaking. If you get the right matches at 154 that’s all it’s about. I won’t go up and fight the biggest guy, I’ll do a couple of fights, break myself in then go for the gusto like I always do. Me and Thurman could fight at 54 too.”
While he admits that picking and choosing his opponents will be vital to his future success, Garcia views the move up in weight as a necessity. After spending the past five years squeezing his frame down to the 147 pound limit, Garcia now points to those tiring treadmill sessions as he attempted to peel off the final few pounds before a big fight.
Now, the Philadelphia product smiles as he views those days as being over.
“Sometimes losing all this weight doesn’t help you, it just drains you and stresses you out.”
Regis Prograis Wants Danny Garcia: “I Can Beat Him Very, Easily – I Think I Whoop Him Bad”
By: Hans Themistode
Despite only a limited amount of seats available due to the current worldwide pandemic, former Jr welterweight world champion Regis Prograis simply couldn’t miss out on the live-action. Roughly one month ago, unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., had a dominant performance against former titlist, Danny Garcia.
While many agreed that Spence Jr. controlled much of the action, most applauded Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) for his efforts. However, with a perfect view of their showdown from his ringside seat, Prograis had a much different perspective of how the Philadelphia native performed on the night.
“I was at the fight with him and Errol and he didn’t look that good,” said Prograis during an interview with IFL TV. “He just didn’t look that good to me.”
For Garcia, losses in his biggest matchups at 147 pounds have become the norm. Prior to his defeat against Spence Jr., the Philadelphia product dropped a pair of decision losses at the hands of Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman.
Although his stature at 140 pounds could seldom if ever be questioned, Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) has difficulty viewing him as a legit threat in his second weight class.
“He was good at 140 don’t get me wrong, he was real good, he did his thing. All the big fights he came through but at 147, not so much. He’s not that good at 147. They call him a cherry picker and all that type of stuff but I still respect Danny.”
At the moment, Prograis is still enjoying his highlight-worthy knockout win over Juan Heraldez on Halloween night just last year. Although he dropped his WBA world title in his previous contest against Josh Taylor, Prograis has reiterated his desire to stick around in the division until he regains championship status. The moment he’s able to wrap gold around his waist once again, the newly turned 32-year-old plans on moving up in weight.
While he’s still fully focused on his immediate goals, Prograis would love for Garcia to introduce him to the welterweight division when the time comes.
“I think once I go up to 147 that’s a fight that I would definitely want for sure. Maybe my introduction fight into the division.”
With the credentials of Garcia, no one has considered him an easy target. In the mind of Prograis however, the former two-division belt holder would be easy pickings.
“I think I would beat him easily. I think I beat him way worst than Errol beat him. I can beat him very, very easily. I think I whoop him bad. I think I can shut him out. I’m not even going to say I can knock him out, he’s never been knocked out and he definitely has a tough chin but I think I can pitch a shutout against Danny.”
Keith Thurman On Danny Garcia: “He’s Been Struggling Ever Since He Hit 147, Let’s Be Real”
By: Hans Themistode
At one point in time, Danny Garcia simply couldn’t be beaten. No matter who was placed in front of the Philadelphia born fighter, he found a way to leave the ring with his hand raised in victory. His aura of invincibility however, left him the moment he left the 140-pound division and ventured seven pounds north in 2015.
While his skills were lauded as a unified champion as a Jr. welterweight, Keith Thurman just doesn’t believe he stacks up to anyone of note in a much bigger weight class.
“Let’s just be honest on where his skills are in the welterweight division,” said Thurman during an Instagram live session. “He’s been struggling ever since he hit 147. Let’s be real.”
Thurman of course, handed Garcia the first loss of his career back in 2017. Despite the Florida native edging a split decision, many believed Thurman easily outboxed his man on the night and deserved a much larger margin of victory.
Since the win, Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) has spent the majority of his career battling injuries. Immediately following his victory over Garcia, Thurman was forced to sit out roughly two years due to a hand and elbow injury. He’s since managed to return to the ring on two occasions. A victory over Josesito Lopez in January of 2019, followed by a split decision loss to Manny Pacquiao six months later, the first defeat of his career.
Much like the unfortunate pattern that has plagued his career, Thurman has once again sat sitting idly on the sidelines due to various injuries. For Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) on the other hand, the former two-division titlist has been active, but the results have been erratic.
Outside of his victories against fringe contenders Brandon Rios, Adrian Granados and Ivan Redkach – Garcia has lost the two biggest fights of his career. In 2018, the Philadelphia native came up short in his bid to once again become a world champion against Shawn Porter and most recently, Garcia was thoroughly outclassed against unified champion Errol Spence Jr. The effort which he put forth was abysmal according to Thurman. Now, with multiple losses on the biggest of stages, Thurman questions if Garcia truly wants it anymore.
“He barely threw any punches. He was in the pocket and he didn’t pull the trigger. He was right there in the pocket. I don’t know if he got that dog in him anymore. That Philly boy, I don’t know if he got that dog in him anymore man. He’s very cautious, very timid. He’s a timid fighter now, just hoping to land something.”
Errol Spence Jr: “Stop Talking About The Accident, That Shit Is Over With”
By: Hans Themistode
From the moment Errol Spence Jr.’s car wreck made airwaves, it was all anyone could talk about. Video of the Dallas native’s Ferrari flipping over countless times, along with images of his busted face left many in the boxing world wondering whether or not he would ever enter the ring again.
Even with over a year to sit on the sidelines to heal, questions remained. Easing his way back into things was thought to be his next best move, yet, for Spence Jr., he showed no interest as he opted for a showdown with former two-division world titlist Danny Garcia for his return bout.
Any trepidation for his choice of opponent was quickly answered as Spence Jr. cruised to a one-sided unanimous decision victory on the night. While he understands that the car wreck was a major narrative, after his dominant performance, the Dallas product would much rather everyone put that entire storyline to bed.
“I feel like people don’t need to ask about it anymore,” said Spence Jr. to Fight Hype following his victory. “That shit is over with. I can take a punch, I’m still a good boxer, I won the fight. He probably won like what? One round or something like that, so yeah stop talking about the accident. That shit is over with.”
Spence Jr., 30, didn’t appear to miss a beat against Garcia. The unified welterweight champion pushed the pace early and often while leaving his man clueless as to how to stop his onslaught. In short, Spence Jr. didn’t look like a man who had a near-death experience just one year prior.
Although the praise for his performance has been widespread, Spence Jr. on the other hand, didn’t feel quite like himself.
“I just felt like I was rusty,” explained Spence Jr. “Even though I showed good reflexes I just felt rusty. I was blocking a lot of shots and slipping but I just felt rusty.”
For Spence Jr., he’s continuously sported apparel with the message “I’m back.” But while he picked up a dominant victory over a well-respected opponent, the 30-year-old knows there is only one way he can get back to his old form.
“I’m just gonna chill out and enjoy this. It was a hard year and a half for me coming back. I’m just gonna rest a little bit and not really think about boxing for like a week then jump back on the ball. I’m not gonna get out of shape, I’m a keep working and stay in the gym.”