Danny Garcia says he's first real puncher Keith Thurman has ever faced
Jan 23, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Danny Garcia (pink shorts) battles Robert Guerrero (red shorts) during their WBC welterweight boxing title fight at Staples Center. Garcia won by decision. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia told FightHype Keith Thurman hasn’t fought a real puncher yet. Is he right?

Danny Garcia isn’t hard to find. His defensive wizardry, or lack thereof, won’t ever be mentioned with the Floyd Mayweathers of the world. Despite his deficiencies, Garcia isn’t worried about Keith Thurman’s power. On the contrary, he feels Thurman should be worried about his.

Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) told FightHype’s Percy Crawford that Thurman hasn’t felt the type of power he’s coming with next Saturday. He questions Thurman’s durability when asked if he’d be able to take his punch.

“I think it’s the opposite way around, to be honest with you. I’ve been hit before; he’s never been hit by a puncher. I don’t think he’s ever faced a big puncher in his career. This is the first time he’s faced a real puncher that punches from every angle and hits hard, so it’s the other way around. I’ve been in there with big hitters and that don’t win fights.”

– Danny Garcia, FightHype

Diego Chaves and his 75 percent knockout ratio would disagree, but Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) hasn’t fought anyone with a ratio greater than 57 percent, since. He stopped Chaves in the tenth back in 2013.

Garcia holds a clear advantage in his level of opposition. He’s defeated Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Lamont Peterson, Zab Judah and future Hall of Famer Erik Morales.

DSG does have an argument, but how each takes the other’s power won’t be figured out until they’re under the lights at the Barclays.