By Mark Elezaj
Boxing today is full of amazing fighters, extraordinary athletes and phenomenal stars. You have the young guys, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia and Errol Spence Jr stepping up and taking over the ranks while the legends like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are discussing possible fights for the upcoming future. There are so many different fights coming up in the next few months that I can’t contain myself, the excitement is real and the love for the sport will never fade.
But wait, there’s more!
After being out of action for almost two years, Keith “One Time” Thurman will finally make his return to the ring on January 26, 2019, main eventing a PBC on FOX bout against Josesito Lopez, for Thurman’s WBA “super world” welterweight title. Thurman has been out of action since his victory over Danny Garcia back in March of 2017, undergoing elbow surgery after the fight. A hand injury further delayed his return and has kept him out of the sport for all of 2018.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been back in the ring. I’m just going to prove what I’ve always proven, that I’m the best. That Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman, I’ve been the problem. I am the truth. You’re boy is swift,” said Thurman.
“Any name that’s they have, I’ve already shown all of those skills, talents and attributes I plan on continuing to do it. A lot of people are itching. They say, ‘When are you coming back, champ?’ I’m itching to get back. So we’ll be back soon. We’ve got a fight date, and I’m truly looking forward to it. I’m going to perform like I always do.”
Thurman is 7-0 with three knockouts in title defenses, but during his time away due to his injuries, he has watched his top 147-pounder status slip to the current IBF titleholder Errol Spence Jr. and WBO titleholder Terence Crawford.
In other words, if Thurman can stay healthy, maintain his dominance in the ring and impress the fans, 2019 can bring us matchups against Spence and Crawford.
Welcome back “One Time!”
I CAN NOT WAIT!
~The Fighting Voice~