One year and ten months after his most recent battle, World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman will be back in the ring to face Mexican-American Josesito Lopez on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on a Premier Boxing Champions card.
Called by many one of the best fighters in the world, Thurman was kept away from the ring due to injuries and various personal commitments during this period after having cleaned up the weight class against rivals such as Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter, and Danny Garcia.
The return of Thurman is great timing with fighters such as Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia and more in the weight class to take on, for Thurman to once again prove that he is the best man in the welterweight division.
Before thinking about the biggest battles, Thurman must focus on the fight with Josesito, a warrior who always comes to fight and who craves another night of inspiration as underdog to dethrone Thurman as Super Champion of the WBA and put his name back in the mix for big fights to take place in 2019.
Already before Josesito has shown that, against the odds, he is able to break down some solid opposition, as happened in 2012 when he defeated Victor ‘Vicious’ Ortiz by knockout to become the opponent for a big showdown with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a later fight.
Thurman is hoping that his long absence from the ring will not affect his upcoming performance, with the Florida-born native coming in at 30 years of age and record 28-0 with 22 knockouts. Meanwhile the California native Lopez will come into the fight at 34 years of age With a record of 36-7 with 19 knockouts in his favor, in addition to a three-fight winning streak.