It has been almost two years since Keith ” One Time” Thurman (28-0, 22KOs) stepped into the squared circle under the bright lights. Back in March of 2017, Thurman bested Danny Garcia (34-2, 20KOs) which basically put him on the top of the mountain in the welterweight division. Soon thereafter Thurman underwent surgery to remove calcium deposits in his right elbow and has since been out of the ring. On January 26th we will see “One Time” lace-up once again, putting his WBA Super welterweight title on the line against challenger Josesito Lopez (36-7 19KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and will be presented live on FOX via Premier Boxing Champions.
Thurman looks to do away with Lopez and gain that top spot in a loaded welterweight division, starting with getting back his vacated WBC title which Shawn Porter now possesses. Thurman has some way to go to climb back to the top of the division, in his way now he has, Porter, Crawford and the new king of the welterweight division Errol Spence Jr.
Thurman is a skillful boxer who can also bang. We saw him go toe to toe for 12 rounds with porter and we saw a smarter more skillful Thurman outbox Danny Garcia. Thurman back in the welterweight division is like adding fuel to the fire in a super hot division.
Josesito Lopez may be a tune up fight but this is boxing and anything can happen. History of boxing is filled with unlikely challengers who hungered so bad they ended up victorious when they were counted out from the start. Thurman wants to climb back to the top and Lopez is the first step forward.