TwitterFacebook

Keith Thurman’s Comeback: Let Us Hope it is Just One Time

Anthony George

Born & raised in The Bronx, New York. My first boxing memory is when Leon Spinks upset The Greatest, in 1978, & I have been a fan ever since. I pride myself on discussing boxing straight up with no twists.

Follow Anthony George on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

The 147-pound division has always been a glamour division in boxing. If you ask any boxing fan or pundit what the best division in boxing is today, 147-pounds is likely to be close to the top. However, there was a serious void at 147 pounds for close to two years, as Keith One Time Thurman was shelved with multiple injuries.

For as great as Errol Spence Jr. appears to be, he needs a win over Keith Thurman for all of us to really know how great he is. As soon as Terence Crawford moved up to 147, the first thought was, I hope a fight with Thurman can be made. Unfortunately, with Thurman’s injury, the narrative is now Crawford vs Spence Jr. as the number one fight the fans want to see at 147. Can Keith Thurman get back to that status once again?

For me, he is already there. I appear to be in the minority with this belief, however, and I am not sure why.

See Also

Even before Keith got injured, he was considered to be inferior to both Crawford and Spence Jr. To have this belief is to grossly undervalue One Time’s skills as a pugilist. Keith is a short fighter who can fight tall, he can get inside and put punches together well, and he has the best one-punch power shot in the division. Thurman is a nightmare stylistically for anyone.

With that said, I do not think it is style or skills that cause so many boxing fans to criticize Thurman. For some reason he appears to rub many people the wrong way. What it is about him? Is it the long hair? Is it the fact that he is more Zen and philosophical that most fighters and fans? Cerebral? Is it the flute? It is probably a portion of all the above, and then some. If Keith Thurman was born in another country, he would be a boxing God amongst his people. No doubt. Americans tend to hate and want to bring a man down when they are great, rather than embrace them. Some men more than others. Keith Thurman is one of those fighters.

Errol Spence Jr.’s best win is over Kell Brook, and not much else to get greatly excited about, despite him being an all-world talent. Terence Crawford’s biggest win is against was Viktor Postol, followed by a bunch of solid opponents, but nothing close to the caliber of Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. Even with the best resume of the three, Keith Thurman gets ridiculed.

In his comeback fight against Josesito Lopez, Thurman was brilliant right out of the gate. Sharp, and putting punches together most fighters would not be able to duplicate after such a long layoff. Thurman got carless and caught later in the fight and was being knocked around like a rag doll. It if were not for a solid chin and world class heart, Thurman’s comeback fight would have been a big fat L. But all anyone can talk about is how he was in trouble, FOR ONE ROUND. When haters hate, they pull out all the stops.

I want to be clear, while I favor Keith Thurman over both Spence Jr. and Crawford, I in no way think Thurman cannot lose those fights. These fights are very close to being even. My overall point is that Keith Thurman has been a joy to watch, is one of the best skilled fighters in the world and has one of the best resumes in boxing today. It is time to acknowledge as much.

The brutal truth of the situation is we might not see any of these fights in 2019 or thereafter. Spence is set to fight Mikey Garcia, Crawford is set to fight Amir Khan, and Thurman will probably fight Manny Pacquiao next. So there goes the first quarter of 2019. Also, there are plenty of good and deserving 147-pound fighters out there to keep all three busy, and respectable, for a long time.

The public will demand it, but they may never get to see a fight with any two of the best three 147-pound fighters today. That is what makes boxing frustratingly unique.

Anyone who has ever laced up the boxing gloves likes to say boxing is not a game, you don’t play boxing. No rhetoric can ever be as true, indeed. However, no other sport plays as many mind games, teasing their fans the way boxing does. You think you are going to see Lennox vs. Bowe, Wilder vs Joshua, Floyd vs Manny when we all wanted to, Crawford vs Spence Jr.? Na na na nana!!!! (tongue sticking out making funny faces)

With that said, Keith One Time Thurman has been one of the more honest, straightforward fighters, willing to fight the best opposition up until his injuries, and most boxing fans dump all over what he as done. So, maybe many boxing fans deserve to be teased and disappointed, because when they get a good thing, a marvelous talent, they do not appreciate it.

Now that Keith Thurman is back, boxing is better off and we all should hope One Time is healthy from here on out.

Read more articles about:
red-speech-300×267

Click Here, If you wish to add a COMMENT to the above article or any of the Ringnews24 boxing articles.

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko negotiations reach an impasse

Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko negotiations reach an impasse

Negotiations for the highly anticipated fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko 14-1 (10) and Teofimo Lopez 15-0 (12) have reached an impasse that could see the October 3 card in Las Vegas scrapped. IBF champion Lopez has reportedly been offered $1.2 mil…

Anthony Joshua reveals he told Tyson Fury not to worry…

Anthony Joshua reveals he told Tyson Fury not to worry about Oleksandr Usyk in Marbella

Anthony Joshua has revealed what was discussed when he ran into Tyson Fury in Marbella, Spain recently. The heavyweight rivals ran into each other while on holidays with Fury stopping to chat with Joshua, who was taking a walk. WBA, IBF and WBO…

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev being targeted for first weekend…

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev being targeted for first weekend of December

Eddie Hearn is still holding out hope that the fight between unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 23-1 (21) and Kubrat Pulev 28-1 (14) will take place in front of a live crowd. The WBA, IBF and WBO champion is due to make a mandatory defenc…

Callum Smith remains frontrunner to face Canelo Alvarez, says Eddie…

Callum Smith remains frontrunner to face Canelo Alvarez, says Eddie Hearn

WBA super middleweight champion Callum ‘Mundo’ Smith 27-0 (19) remains the leading contender to face Mexican superstar and world middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 53-1-2 (36) later this year, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn. But th…

Roy Jones Jr reveals fight plan ahead of Mike Tyson…

Roy Jones Jr reveals fight plan ahead of Mike Tyson bout

Roy Jones Jr says he will rely on his sharper boxing skills to pick apart Mike Tyson in the later rounds of their eight-round exhibition bout in Los Angeles on September 12. The 51-year-old is returning to the ring for the first time since Februar…

Ryan Garcia insists he is ready for the big league

Ryan Garcia insists he is ready for the big league

Undefeated lightweight contender Ryan ‘Kingry’ Garcia 20-0 (17) insists he is ready to step up to the big league despite being just 21 years old. The Los Angelan has been linked to a fight against former world title challenger Luke Campbell 20-3 (…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US