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Keith Thurman News
Former welterweight king Keith Thurman discusses his February 5th FOX Sports PPV headliner against Mario Barrios, plus a look ahead to Saturday's Russell vs. Magsayo PBC on SHOWTIME card and more.
The former world champions square off in a high stakes battle Saturday, February 5, in a stacked PBC FOX Sports PPV live from Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The former unified welterweight king is targeting an early 2022 return and says he's back to reclaim the 147-pound throne.
Keith Thurman Fights
LOSS vs Manny Pacquiao 62-8-2
Jul 20, 2019 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Manny Pacquiao WINS against Keith Thurman by in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Josesito Lopez 38-8-0
Jan 26, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Keith Thurman WINS against Josesito Lopez by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Danny Garcia 36-3-0
Mar 04, 2017 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Keith Thurman WINS against Danny Garcia by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Shawn Porter 31-4-1
Jun 25, 2016 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Keith Thurman WINS against Shawn Porter by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Luis Collazo 39-8-0
Jul 11, 2015 • USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
Keith Thurman WINS against Luis Collazo by TKO in Round 7 of 12
Win vs Robert Guerrero 37-6-1
Mar 07, 2015 • MGM Grand, Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Keith Thurman WINS against Robert Guerrero by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Leonard Bundu 33-2-2
Dec 13, 2014 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Leonard Bundu by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Julio Diaz 40-9-1
Apr 26, 2014 • StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Julio Diaz by RTD in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Jesus Soto Karass 28-8-3
Dec 14, 2013 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Jesus Soto Karass by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Diego Gabriel Chaves 22-0-0
Jul 27, 2013 • AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Diego Gabriel Chaves by KO in Round 10 of 12
Win vs Dejan Zavec 32-2-0
Mar 09, 2013 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Dejan Zavec by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Jan Zaveck 32-2-0
Mar 09, 2013 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Jan Zaveck by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Carlos Quintana 29-3-0
Nov 24, 2012 • Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Carlos Quintana by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Orlando Lora 29-2-2
Jul 21, 2012 • U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Orlando Lora by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Brandon Hoskins 16-0-1
May 05, 2012 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Brandon Hoskins by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Christopher Fernandez 19-14-1
Feb 25, 2012 • Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Christopher Fernandez by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Favio Medina 23-2-3
Nov 27, 2010 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Favio Medina by TKO in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Quandray Robertson 15-9-0
Sep 18, 2010 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Quandray Robertson by KO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Stalinn Lopez 7-0-0
Jul 23, 2010 • Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Stalinn Lopez by KO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Leonardo Rojas 8-9-3
Nov 28, 2009 • Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Keith Thurman WINS against Leonardo Rojas by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Edvan dos Santos Barros 10-7-1
Nov 06, 2009 • Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Edvan dos Santos Barros by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Edvan Dos Santos Barros 10-7-1
Nov 06, 2009 • Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Edvan Dos Santos Barros by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Travis Hartman 10-13-1
Aug 14, 2009 • Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Travis Hartman by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Marteze Logan 26-36-2
Jun 26, 2009 • Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Marteze Logan by TKO in Round 3 of 6
No Contest vs Francisco Garcia 5-2-0
Apr 04, 2009 • Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA
Keith Thurman Francisco Garcia by ND in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Marcus Luck 9-15-1
Nov 07, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Marcus Luck by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Omar Bell 6-0-0
Aug 15, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Omar Bell by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Jason Jordan 6-22-3
Jun 27, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Jason Jordan by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Jessie Davis 9-9-0
May 09, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Jessie Davis by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Carlos Pena 5-13-1
Apr 05, 2008 • Hilton Bayfront, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Carlos Pena by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Brandon Buchanon 5-6-1
Mar 14, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Brandon Buchanon by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Tramiane Boone 0-0-1
Jan 18, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Tramiane Boone by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Kensky Rodney 0-2-0
Nov 09, 2007 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Kensky Rodney by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Keith Thurman Bio
Equal parts force and finesse, former unified 147-pound world champion Keith Thurman has become a fan favorite thanks to his blend of punching power and personality. Boxing has been a lifelong passion for Thurman, who entered the sport at the age of 7 and has been primed for stardom ever since.
Born in Clearwater, Florida, Keith Thurman was discovered at the age of 7 by renowned trainer Ben Getty.
At the time, Getty was holding a boxing exhibition in the cafeteria of Thurman’s school.
Thurman took the sign-up sheet home to his mother in order to participate in the event, and told her that he wanted to box.
The fighter known as "One Time” been doing so ever since, and the undefeated 147-pound world champion has become one of boxing's top stars with his fan-friendly style and natural, almost offhanded charisma.
A champ since childhood
As an amateur fighter, Thurman won six national championships and recorded more than 100 victories, setting the stage for a promising pro career.
After Getty passed away in 2009, Thurman moved into the stable of Dan Birmingham, best known for helping turn Jeff Lacey and Winky Wright into world titlists as well as having worked with former world champion Chad Dawson for a time.
A natural-born knockout artist
Thurman has earned nearly all of his victories by knockout.
And a number of them have come against some of the most rugged participants in a rugged sport.
To wit, Thurman burst onto the national scene with a savage four-round destruction of former world champion Carlos Quintana in November 2012.
Quintana retired after the brutal loss.
From there, Thurman would hand no-nonsense Argentinean Diego Chaves his first defeat via 10th-round knockout, winning an interim 147-pound title in the process, before gaining a ninth-round technical knockout of Mexican tough-guy supreme Jesus Soto Karass.
In his last bout as interim champion, Thurman won a unanimous decision over Italian star Leonard Bundu in Las Vegas on December 13, 2014.
A fighter with finesse
As intense as he can be inside the ring, Thurman is a thoughtful, engaging presence outside of it.
A voracious reader fond of books with a philosophical bent, Thurman’s a laid-back guy who drives a Prius and chills with his Chihuahuas.
But when the bell rings, another side of Thurman comes out.
Despite his nickname, “One Time” has demonstrated that he can go the distance.
In March 2013, Thurman won a grueling 12-round decision over former champion Jan Zaveck, a rough-and-tumble Slovenian with a stout defense.
That fight, in particular, underscored a key point: Thurman’s a boxer who can brawl, not the other way around.
“I want to have eyes like a shark, but also eyes like an eagle,” he told the Tampa Bay Times in 2010, highlighting his emphasis on ring savvy as opposed to merely hunting for knockouts.
“I want to be able to see things coming before they come, and when I can tell I have you bleeding or on the ropes, I want to be able to execute and finish the job.”
A smashing success in his PBC debut
Thurman took on four-division champion Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on March 7, 2015, in the first Premier Boxing Champions card.
Fighting on prime time on NBC, Thurman stepped up his game in winning a 12-round unanimous decision. He won nearly every round on all three judges' cards, and scored a ninth-round knockdown.
With the win, Thurman improved to 25-0 and solidified his status as one of the world's top fighters in the 147-pound division.
Returning to fight in the Sunshine State for the first time since 2009, Thurman made his homecoming as world champion by taking on former titleholder Luis Collazo at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on July 11, 2015.
While firmly in control for most of the fight, Thurman was rocked in Round 5 by a body shot that nearly brought him to a knee. He remained steadfast, though, and opened a cut above Collazo’s right eye that caused the challenger’s corner to throw in the towel after Round 7.
Becoming a unified world champion
In June 2016, Thurman defended his title for the third time against former world champion Shawn Porter. Fighting before a crowd of 12,718 at Barclays Center and a national television audience on CBS, Thurman earned a close unanimous decision—all three judges scored the bout 115-113—in a high-action contest that earned consideration for Fight of the Year.
Thurman made the leap from champion to star in his next fight as he returned to Brooklyn in March 2017 to face unbeaten two-division champion Danny Garcia, who stepped up from 140 pounds to win a vacant 147-pound crown in January 2016.
Their fight was not only the 10th title unification in division history, it was just the third between undefeated welterweights, following 1981’s Fight of the Year between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns and 1999’s Felix Trinidad-Oscar De La Hoya showdown.
With a Barclays Center boxing-record crowd of 16,533 watching along with a national prime-time audience on CBS, Thurman edged his way to a split decision over Garcia to entrench himself firmly atop the division.
Returning from Adversity
From February 2016 through March 2017, Thurman was limited to a title defense versus Porter and a unification against Garcia.
Surgery on his right elbow sidelined him for the rest of 2017. When he returned, he suffered another injury, this time to his left hand, that kept him out of the ring in 2018.
Thurman vacated the WBC title in April 2018, with the caveat of being able to challenge its reigning champion upon his return. In September 2018, he watched from ringside at Barclays Center as Porter earned his injury-vacated WBC crown by unanimous decision over Garcia.
After 22 months, Thurman returned versus battle-tested, former world title challenger Josesito Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs) on January 26 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, live on FOX PBC Fight Night.
Thurman flashed his elite skills, dropping Lopez with a perfect counter left hook in the second and dominating the first half of the bout with his boxing skills and athleticism. Lopez roared back in the seventh, hurting Thurman with a left hook followed by a straight round. The game veteran picked it up during the championship rounds, but Thurman’s speed, skill—and heart—proved too much to overcome. He won a majority decision by scores of 117-109, 115-111 and 113-113.
“[Lopez] had me buzzed and shaken up in the seventh round, but I tried to stay on the outside away,” Thurman said afterward. “I was a little off in my prediction of how long his arms were. He lunged in and was really willing to commit to the knockout.
“He came right for me. I said you wouldn't see the best Keith Thurman tonight, but you'd still see a world class performance, and I gave you that tonight.”
Taking on the "Pac Man"
On Saturday, July 20, 2019, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Thurman took on Philippine Senator and boxing icon Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao in a blockbuster era-defining showdown, live on PBC on FOX Sports PPV.
A sell-out crowd of 14,356 witnessed a historical night as the 40-year old Pacquiao turned in one of the finest performances of his career, dethroning WBA Super World Welterweight Champion Keith Thurmanby 12-round split decision in a Fight of the Year candidate.
Thurman landed 192 power punches, the most ever landed on Pacquiao in the 43 bouts of his that have been tracked by CompuBox. Pacquiao dropped him with a left to the solar plexus followed by a straight right upstairs late in the opening round, a round Thurman was winning. It was the first knockdown of the champion’s career. It proved to be the difference as Glen Feldman scored the bout 114-113 for Thurman while Tim Cheatham and Glen Feldman both had it 115-112 for boxing’s only eight-division world champion.
"I knew it was too close,” Thurman said. “He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one.”
“I want to have eyes like a shark, but also eyes like an eagle.”