Opinion | Jul 10 2019

Keith Thurman appraises his own world title reign

WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman looks back on his world title fights and forward to meeting Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas
Manny Pacquiao
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UD 12 Robert Guerrero, March 7, 2015, the MGM Grand Grand Garden Arena:

“Guerrero had fought Floyd Mayweather and I was happy to have a common opponent with Floyd, so that I could prove to the world that I deserved a shot at Mayweather,” said Keith Thurman. “I had to overcome that adversity of having that hematoma by knocking him down in the ninth round. That fight really raised my stock to another level.”

RTD 7 Luis Collazo, July 11, 2015, USF Sundome, Tampa:

“I was able to survive that body shot to perform in the next round. The fight was taking its toll on him though. I was becoming more comfortable and accurate as I physically broke him down,” said Thurman. “The arena was electric, and the love was amazing. It was a great homecoming to defend my world title near where I grew up in Clearwater, Florida.”

UD 12 Shawn Porter, June 25, 2016, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York:

Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter
Thurman tags Porter Esther Lin/Showtime

“Our fight was tough, back and forth, but by no means was Shawn Porter going to take my title,” said Thurman.  “I pushed myself over the final rounds to make sure I’d be victorious in what was one of the ‘Fight of The Year’ contenders that year. That fight proved to everyone that I can win any type of fight, against any type of fighter.”

SD 12 Danny Garcia, March 4, 2017, Barclays Center: 

“This was two undefeated welterweights going toe-to-toe in the prime of their careers. Danny Garcia’s a sharp puncher who won the WBC’s vacant title that Floyd Mayweather gave up for retirement,” said Thurman. “But after beating Shawn Porter, I knew Danny would be an easy fight. This was my first chance to beat an undefeated world champion, and I came out swinging on him in round one to make a statement that his world title was about to be mine.”

MD 12 Josesito Lopez, January 26, 2019, Barclays Center:

Keith Thurman
Thurman returns after a long time out against Lopez Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

“I was really nervous about making weight after walking around at 182lbs for the past two years,” said Thurman. “But even though I got hit and hurt in the seventh round, I knew my boxing ability would get me through. It was a relief to make it through that fight feeling strong and healthy and I’ve taken those feelings right into this training camp.”

Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), July 20, 2019, the MGM Grand Garden Arena:

Manny Pacquiao
Thurman has tried to rattle Pacquiao Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

“Does Manny belong in the ring with a fighter in his prime? Is Keith Thurman still Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman after some vulnerability against Josesito Lopez?” said Thurman, looking forward to the fight. “Of course, I’d like to get the knockout or TKO, but either way, you’re going to see a world class performance that has me standing alone on top of a division that has so many great fighters. I’m trying to be that great, devastating champion once again, and come July 20, I will prove that I am.”

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