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and has taken heavy criticism for it.

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    January 29, 2019 7:33 AM GMT

    Welterweight world titleholder Danny Garcia has faced less-than-threatening competition for the most part of the past three years -- Rod Salka, lest anyone forget -- and has taken heavy criticism for it. Black Air Jordan 3 Retro .And once again, he will take on a no-hoper when he faces Samuel Vargas in a 10-round nontitle bout in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card on Saturday night (Spike, 9 ET) at Temple Universitys Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Garcias hometown.But as poor of a matchup as the Vargas fight is, at least there is something to look forward to should Garcia do the expected and wipe him out.A Garcia victory will set up an already-announced world title unification showdown with Keith Thurman on March 4 -- site to be determined -- which is one of the best fights that can be made in boxing. Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs), the former unified junior welterweight world champion, said he is trying not to get too far ahead of himself, however.I know people are excited about the Thurman fight. I understand that and Im going to be pumped up for that one, too, Garcia, 28, said this week at the final news conference ahead of the Vargas bout. But Im not looking past anybody. Im fully focused on putting on a show at home and doing what I have to do to beat Vargas.Theres not too much to say but Im really excited to fight. I hope all the fans come out and see what theyve been missing in Philly. Im going for the knockout.A knockout wont come as a surprise. Although Vargas has won five fights in a row against low-level opposition, he was punished in a fourth-round knockout loss to Errol Spence Jr. in 2015 in the only fight in which he has faced a world-class opponent.But Vargas (25-2-1, 13 KOs), 27, who is from Colombia and fights out of Toronto, is aiming for a colossal upset.Danny is a champion for a reason. He does everything well. We just have to find a way to win, Vargas said. My trainer, Billy Briscoe, has done an amazing job of working with me and keeping me motivated. Its been a really good camp. Im looking for the upset that night. Everyone wants to see Danny fight Keith Thurman, but Im looking to make myself known. I feel confident.There are also two other 10-round fights scheduled for the telecast: up-and-coming junior middleweight Jarrett Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs), 26, of Accokeek, Maryland, against Montreals Jo Jo Dan (35-3, 18 KOs), a 35-year-old southpaw originally from Romania, and former junior lightweight titlist Javier Fortuna (30-1-1, 22 KOs), 27, of the Dominican Republic, against Omar Douglas (17-0, 12 KOs), 25, of Wilmington, Delaware.Whatever happens in the main event, there will be an interested party at ringside. Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs), 27, of Clearwater, Florida, will be in the house working as a commentator on the Spike broadcast as PBC tries to hype up the March fight.He will just get an up close and personal look at what will happen to him in March, said Garcia, who is boxing in his hometown for the first time since 2010 and for only the fourth time in his nine-year career. I hope hes paying attention. I am just going in the ring and be myself. Seek and destroy. I am taking this one round at a time. Im looking to be smart and break him down. When the opportunity comes, Im taking it and putting on a show.I am not looking past this fight. I have tunnel vision and have never looked past anyone. I know he is coming to win, but I am ready mentally and physically to get the job done.Perhaps he was being a bit dramatic, but Angel Garcia, Dannys outspoken father and trainer, seemed to indicate the level of mismatch in Saturdays fight.I just pray every day that he doesnt kill anybody in the ring, Angel Garcia said of his son. These arent the Looney Tunes. This is real right now. Vargas is in with the champ of the world. Thurman may be on the outside looking in on Saturday, but hes going to see what he has in store for him in March.Thurman told ESPN he will be paying close attention to Garcias performance and that he is looking forward to the fight he has wanted.This is everything Ive been asking for, Thurman said. This is what Ive been asking Al Haymon [Thurman and Garcias manager] for. I was really adamant about becoming a champion, but I want to acquire more than one belt. My true passion is to become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. I love the history of the welterweight division and Im trying to be a part of that history.I got to admit [Saturdays fight] is interesting. I will have one of the best seats in the house. I will be doing a job but I will be paying attention to the details.Before he knew he would be fighting Garcia, Thurman was a commentator when Garcia outpointed Robert Guerrero in January to win a vacant welterweight world title. He hoped they would eventually fight.Watching him acquire that title and facing a prior opponent of mine, he was on my radar back then, said Thurman, who battered Guerrero in a decision win in March 2015. Now its all coming full circle and its right around the corner, March 4. Danny Garcia asked for this fight against me, but he asked for a tune-up fight first.Thurman said he will be paying attention to see how Garcia attacks Vargas.Are they going to go in for a knockout to demonstrate his power at 147 and just try to amp themselves up or are they going to take their time, maybe add something new to his fighting style or practice something, Thurman said.Thurman, who outpointed Shawn Porter in a fight of the year candidate in June, said he wanted to face Garcia at the end of this year, but because Garcia had not fought since January, his team wanted a tune-up first.I understand why his team is taking this tune-up, but what are they trying to accomplish, Thurman said. [Work on] new techniques? Prepare a game plan to mimic what they want to bring forth when they fight me? Hes supposed to beat this guy and from there hes going to be like me -- mentally focused on 2017 for the biggest fight of his career and the biggest fight of my career.There is going to be lot to talk about. I know he and his team are geared up for it. Saturday night is in preparation for 2017.But what if the unimaginable should happen and Garcia loses?Things can happen in the ring. Theres always a risk, Thurman said. I just dont like to worry about outcomes that havent manifested yet. I will be there as a spectator wishing for Danny to win and look good. I want him to look as good as he can. I want the world to be excited about it. With a mediocre performance it could kill some of the buzz. But you will be looking at two undefeated world champions in their prime going toe to toe on March 4. Air Jordan 3 Retro Sale . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. Air Jordan 3 Retro Outlet . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. It was sold-out at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai when the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans played their preseason game on Oct. 9, the first of the two NBA Global Games hosted in China this year. A month later, however, as the 18,000-seating stadium is hosting the Pac-12 mens hoops season opener, the turnout on Saturday (Friday 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2) might serve to gauge the success of the NCAAs campaign to gain influence in the Asian sports powerhouse.The Harvard vs Stanford matchup, a sequel to last years first Pac-12 China Game (Washington-Texas) that only sold a few hundred tickets, might enjoy a slightly better chance of exposure given the two schools academic prestige in China as well as their well-known NBA products, such as the Brooklyn Nets Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez (known as a former teammate of Chinese star Yi Jianlian from 2008 to 2010).Lin doesnt recall any discussions of an exhibition game in China when playing at Harvard, but he thinks the game has definitely grown a lot globally.After the NBA, college sports -- college basketball [in particular] -- is going to be big.Lopez, a former Stanford center, says he still holds fresh memory of beating Lins Harvard at home a few years ago.We definitely won that game, no question. Lopez says. Its reality. Its not hypothetical.To many Harvard and Stanford alumni, Saturdays game is simply a good reason for a get-together.A sports competition is the last thing people in China expect between the two academically strong schools, says Frank Wang, one of more than 300 Stanford alumni based in Shanghai. So the outcome of the game is not really important.Amy Yang, a Harvard alumnae living in Shanghai who will be at the game, wasnt into basketball when studying in the United States.But now its different because there isnt any Harvard element around me in Shanghai except for a few other alumni, she said. So I will go to the game for memory ... I hope I will get to meet more alumni at the game.The NCAA is following in the steps of the NBA, which first introduced its Global Games to Shanghai in 2004 when the countrys biggest sports ambassador -- ex-Rockets star Yao Ming?-- was just on track to dominate the paint in the years coming. The NCAA is pushing aggressively to get its share of the pie by leveraging support from its local partner, the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), which operates under the Chinese government.China -- under President Xi Jinping, who is known to be an avid sports fan -- is seeing a booming sports industry exemplified by heavy grassroots campaigns to invest in developing youth sports and building a natiional athletic infrastructure. Discount Air Jordan 3 Retro. In the private sector, online media companies are signing big broadcasting deals at home and abroad while domestic sports leagues are in a cutthroat competition to lure ex-NBA stars (Josh Smith being the most recent) and European football managers in order to draw eyeballs their games.Its a golden opportunity for the NCAA to seize as well if they can find the next Jeremy Lin, but the road is full of challenges. Ask Ma Jian, an ex-Chinese national team forward who played for the University of Utah in the early 1990s. As the first Chinese national to play NCAA Division I basketball, Mas bold choice was seen by many as an unorthodox move. In the past two decades, he has witnessed first-hand the vast changes in the games landscape but still sees the shortcomings in the Chinese market.The system for student athletes to become professionals doesnt exist in China, says Ma, now a basketball analyst. The quality of campus-level sports league is unpromising. Im very excited to see what NCAA can show and bring to China -- can it help Chinas student athletes to find more opportunities? Can NCAA share its experiences and work with the Chinese University Basketball Association (CUBA)? Its not easy, but there is a way. You cant just come in and sell the ticket to everyone. Its a long process that requires collaboration and strategy.The NCAA has been looking at China for a few years. With an increasing number of Chinese students studying at American universities (more than 300,000 in 2014-15), schools such as Duke and Georgetown would play some summer exhibition games in the country.The Chinese fan base for the NCAA is still relatively weak, cautions Li Shuangfu, co-founder of Lanxiong Sports, a leading sports business and media company. China has had NBA China Games and Euroleague Basketball World Tour, so it is very hard for the NCAA to break the ground and grow.Li says that even as China continues to emerge as a sports power, the NCAA should have a reasonable expectation for their immediate impact in the country and be aware that their opportunity is limited.A household name in China, Lin says the key to expand the NCAAs outreach in China is to focus on the game itself.Playing games over there or bringing the game over there...just giving them the exposure to it [will be crucial]. If they have the opportunity to see these games, they will fall in love with college basketball players as well.ESPN.coms Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '