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For nearly 20 years, Angel Garcia has taught his son, Danny, the finer points of boxing inside and outside of the ring. The partnership has worked out about as well as anyone could have hoped, and Danny Garcia is currently the undefeated WBC welterweight champion. But while the younger Garcia listens to his father, he hasn’t adopted Angel’s flamboyant style. In fact, the two couldn’t be more different from a personality standpoint. Danny Garcia is mild-mannered, determined, businesslike, and happy to let his results speak for themselves. Angel is…not that way. HIs own son calls him “Crazy Angel,” and many others in boxing have called him much worse.
Last Saturday night, though, their partnership was perfect. Danny Garcia channeled some of father’s showmanship to hype what is shaping up as one of the fights to watch for 2017. After a decisive seventh round TKO victory over Samuel Vargas, Garcia climbed each corner of the ring at Temple University’s Liacouras Center and raised his arms to an exultant hometown crowd. NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson and rapper Meek Mill, both Philadelphia royalty, escorted Garcia to the ring and watched as he dominated what most boxing heads considered a tune-up for what will likely be the biggest fight of Garcia’s career.
That was the fight that Garcia was screaming about when he came through the ropes and directed a brief and pointed message at Keith Thurman, who was doing color commentary for the Premier Boxing Champions bout on Spike TV. Thurman, the undefeated WBA welterweight champion, didn’t back down from the verbal sparring session, and the two have already made a date for their fight. But Garcia (33-0, 19 knockouts) and Thurman (27-0, 22 knockouts) aren’t scheduled to fight until March 4. That their trash talk has already ….View full article