Thurman outpoints Garcia in welterweight unification clash
WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) outpointed WBC titleholder Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) by a 12 round split decision in a unification bout on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Thurman won the clash of two undefeated, prime, 28-year-old champions by scores of 116-112 and 115-113, while the third judge had it 115-113 for Garcia.
Both fighters had their moments but Thurman got the better of fellow American Garcia in most of the rounds, connecting with jabs and right hands.
Thurman rocked Garcia with a right-left combination in the opener and continued to land hard shots in the following rounds.
Garcia jabbed and countered well as the fight progressed but Thurman remained the busier.
In the later rounds, Garcia become the aggressor and had some success landing to head and body, but he could not land the knockout blow he needed as Thurman circled the ring and avoided many of Garcia's punches.
"The judges are judges," said Thurman. "I thought I out-boxed him. I thought it was a clear victory, but Danny came to fight.
"My defence was effective. He wasn’t landing."
With the win, Thurman adds the WBC 147lb belt to his WBA title.
"I came up short tonight," said Garcia. "I thought I was the aggressor. I thought I pushed the pace. But it didn’t go my way.
"I thought I won and I was pushing the fight. But it is what it is. He was trying to counter. I had to wait to find my spots."