Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia to headline Showtime Boxing's return to CBS
The welterweight title unification bout is set to take place on March 4
March 4 just got a lot more fun. Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) is set to battle Danny Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) for the unified welterweight titles in Brooklyn, New York. That's big enough on its own, but now the fight will take place on national airwaves.
That's right, Thurman-Garcia will air live on CBS at 9 p.m. ET, Showtime announced on Wednesday.
Thurman's last fight took place on CBS and drew rave reviews as he and Shawn Porter battled to a Fight of the Year candidate with Thurman walking away a unanimous decision victor. As such, the fight in March will be the second boxing match to air on CBS network television in the last 40 years.
"I'm looking forward to returning to Barclays Center and headlining a national broadcast on CBS -- both the arena and the network were good homes for me in 2016," said Thurman. "I am the champ, and I always will be. Danny Garcia is a fighter who I have asked for and who I have respect for. But he's going to learn, just as my past opponents have, that my power and speed will rise above any swiftness he has. I am the true welterweight champion. I will unify the titles and show him what 'One Time' feels like. I look forward to this fight and the fans should too; be there on March 4."
Garcia fought two times in 2016, including a 7th-round TKO of Samuel Vargas in November.
"Barclays Center and Brooklyn are my home away from home," said Garcia. "I've headlined the most shows at Barclays Center and my fans from Philly and my fans from New York can be there. It's going to be another Danny Garcia show. I don't care if people think I'm an underdog. To me, Keith Thurman is nothing but a name. Come March 4, I am going to show the world once again that I am a true champion."
Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza couldn't be happier about the decision to broadcast the Premier Boxing Champions event on CBS.
"Our goal is to deliver the biggest, most meaningful matchups to the broadest audience, and an event of this magnitude belongs on CBS," said Espinoza. "This is truly prizefighting at its finest - two undefeated champions in the prime of their careers fighting to unify boxing's glamour division. When the two best fighters square off we often get spectacular results, as we saw this past weekend on Showtime. The bar has been set high in 2017, and we have every reason to believe Keith and Danny will put on another tremendous show at Barclays Center on March 4."
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