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Angel Garcia wants son Danny to retire after losing to Thurman

By Rich Mazon
PhilBoxing.com
06 Mar 2017



Brooklyn, NY - The outspoken father and trainer of Danny Garcia wanted his son to hang up his boxing gloves hours after losing his World Boxing Council welterweight title to fellow champ Keith Thurman (World Boxing Association).

"I am so disgusted with boxing right now. I really want Danny to retire today. I really want him to retire," said Angel Garcia.

The young Garcia lost for the first time in his 34-bout professional career Saturday night at the Barclays Center in New York. He also lost his WBC belt in the process by a narrow Split Decision to the still undefeated Thurman (27-0).

The idea of a rematch with Thurman which his son welcomed was also immediately opposed by the elder Garcia despite the close results.

"Rematch? No, because we donít believe it. The only one we gave a rematch was (Erik) Morales. I donít think we should get a rematch with him. We should start all over, if Danny wants to do it. But the advice I would give him as a dad, we ainít no stepping stone to nobody. We ainít no stepping stone.Ē

The decision was not the only thing that angered Angel Garcia. He was also critical of Thurman's game plan against his son in the 12 round contest that was shown live nationally via CBS.

ďYou canít win a fight running. He hit Danny with a good shot in the first. It was a good shot. Danny sucked it up and came back in the second. He was there in front of him. Then he ran all the way from the six, seven, eight nine, ten, eleven, twelve. How do you win the fight? Youíve gotta to be kidding me brother. This is a sport where youíve got to do contact with the fighter, with the person in front of you. You just canít run."

Garcia also compared the just concluded fight to the junior middleweight showdown between Erislandy Lara and Saul Alvarez in 2014 in Las Vegas which also ended in a close Split Decision (Alvarez).

"Itís like when Lara and Canelo when they fought. Itís the same thing. They gave it to Canelo for being the aggressor. You know what Iím saying? Iím not being a sore loser or nothing like that. But if he wouldíve beat, he wouldíve had won, then Iíll say, I take my hat off and say, Good job champ. But you canít beat a world champion like that. You just cannot."

But despite his father's immediate post fight reactions, Danny, 28, would still want to continue fighting and he also would like another crack at Thurman if given the chance to avenge his loss.

"I would love to, I would love to do the rematch and we'll see what happens."

Photo: Danny Garcia's father Angel (L) shows displeasure after Keith Thurman (R) was announced split decision winner over his son (C) Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York.


You can reach the writer at rrmaze24@aol.com.


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