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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman beats Danny Garcia for another belt

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Over his left shoulder, Keith Thurman held a world championship belt.

In his right hand, Thurman held another world championship belt.


Thurman beat previously unbeaten champion Danny Garcia in a split decision Saturday night to double his titles. The two were divided on judges at 115-113, while the third judge scored it 116-112 in favor of Thurman. The CBS unofficial scorekeeper also had at 116-112.

“One Time became Two Times, baby,” said Thurman, referring to his “One Time” nickname. “I thought I outboxed him. I thought it was a clear victory. “Danny came to fight,” Thurman told CBS after the fight. “If a judge likes his fight style and didn’t like that I was moving backward, I understand.”

It was the 10th unification fight in the welterweight division, the third between unbeaten opponents.

Neither fighter knocked down the other.

Where does Thurman go next? He owns two of the four welterweight belts, and if he wants to unify the rest, he’s going to have to wait a while. Titlist Kell Brook is fighting Errol Spence next, and titlist Manny Pacquiao is supposed to be fighting Amir Khan.

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