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Garcia Stops Vargas in 7, Engages in Heated Exchange with Thurman


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On Saturday, November 12, 2016, Danny Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) returned in a ten-round, non-title fight against Samuel Vargas (25-3-1, 13 KOs) at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The fight, which was televised via PBC on Spike TV, was a tune-up fight in preparation for Garcia’s schedule fight against Keith Thurman, which will take place on March 4, 2016.

Garcia, a 28-year-old native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had not fought since winning the WBC Welterweight crown against Robert Guerrero in January. Vargas, a 27-year-old native of Colombia, was coming off 5 straight victories, but was stopped by Errol Spence Jr. in April of last year.

Garcia began the fight by easily landing left hooks and right hands. In Round 2, Garcia landed an overhand right that immediately dropped Vargas.

Check out the knockdown below:

For the next five rounds, Garcia landed at will and especially found a home for the counter right hook. By Round 6, Vargas’s corner put a stop to the fight.

What did you think of Garcia’s performance? Let us know in the comments section below.

Danny Garcia Versus Keith Thurman

Immediately after Garcia’s victory, Keith Thurman entered the right and was jointly interviewed with Danny Garcia. Then, the two Welterweight titlists engaged in a heated exchange of words in which Garcia ended by yelling, “I’m going to F*** you up!”

The two will meet in March to unify their titles. Thurman owns the WBA strap, while Garcia owns the WBC strap.

Check out the video of the exchange below. Who do you think will win?

Will Garcia show his top-level abilities like he did with Lucas Matthysse? Or will Thurman give Garcia his first loss?

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Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.