All that's left to do for Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia is to fight.
The pair of unbeaten welterweight titlists both easily made weight ahead of their unification clash, which takes place Saturday evening live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Thurman (27-0, 22KOs) checked in at 146.5 lbs., while Garcia weighed in at 146.5 lbs.
The bout will air live on CBS in primetime (Saturday, 9:00pm ET) as part of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS series. Thurman headlined the first CBS primetime boxing event since 1978, when he outpointed Shawn Porter in their 12-round thriller last June, also at Barclays Center. The event was his last ring appearance, one that came on the heels of an 11-month layoff as he nursed injuries sustained in a single car accident last February.
Garcia (32-0, 19KOs) enjoys a quicker turnaround, having scored a one-sided knockout win over grossly mismatched journeyman Samuel Vargas in their non-title fight last November. The fighting pride of Philly has become one of the prominent faces of boxing at Barclays, heaving headlined the first-ever event at the venue in Oct. '12. He makes his sixth overall appearance at the Brooklyn hotspot.
The highly anticipated showdown marks just the third time in history that unbeaten welterweights collide in a title unification clash. "Sugar" Ray Leonard claimed victory in one of the most iconic bouts in history with a come-from-behind stoppage of Thomas Hearns in their first fight in September 1981. Eighteen years later, Felix "Tito" Trinidad was the recipient of a widely disputed majority decision win over Oscar de la Hoya in their September 1999 meet.
The evening's co-feature is a dangerous two-way crossroads bout, as Erickson Lubin faces Jorge Cota in a 12-round super welterweight title elimination contest. Both boxers weighed 153.75 lbs.