Keith Thurman ready for Julio Diaz main event

Keith Thurman ready for Julio Diaz main event

Welterweight Keith Thurman is primed for his chance “to headline a show like this against a former world champion,” which he will do against Julio Diaz on April 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

“To headline a show like this against a former world champion is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Thurman, a 25-year-old from Clearwater, Fla., “and that day is here.”

Thurman-Diaz is the main event of a Showtime tripleheader supported by THE RING’s number one-rated junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse opposite rugged lightweight puncher John Molina and WBC lightweight titleholder Omar Figueroa Jr. against former amateur nemesis Jerry Belmontes, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer officially announced on Wednesday.

In his last fight, Thurman (22-0, 20 knockouts) scored knockdowns in the fifth and final rounds of a ninth-round technical stoppage victory over Jesus Soto Karass in December.

In his previous bout, last July, Thurman scored a 10th-round knockout of previously unbeaten Argentine Diego Chaves, whom he dropped once each in the ninth and final rounds.

“I respect Julio Diaz and I will not underestimate him,” said Thurman, a boxer-puncher nicknamed “One Time.” “He knows that this may be his last shot and I expect the best from him but I’ll be the one leaving with the victory.”

Although Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs) is 0-2-1 in his past three fights, those bouts were a draw and a unanimous decision loss against unbeaten current IBF beltholder Shawn Porter and a close decision setback to former titleholder Amir Khan.

In succession, Diaz drew with Porter in December 2012, floored Khan in the fourth round in April of last year and was outpointed in December by Porter, whose next bout was a unanimous decision that dethroned Devon Alexander in December.

A former lightweight titlist, Diaz has been training alongside WBO 147-pound beltholder Tim Bradley, who has a rematch with Manny Pacquiao on April 12. More



St. Petersburg, FL – Too often in the fight game these days fighters run for cover, one of the most complicated recent issues that Interim WBA Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0, 20 KO’s) faces in fight negotiations are currently to a minimum. One of the obstacles that Advisor Al Haymon & @GoldenBoyBoxing face getting marquee welterweight to answer the phone and challenge the hungry Thurman. It has been a flip-flopping few months since Thurman’s TKO win by stopping Jesus Soto Karass, with welterweights pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. facing Maidana, Porter vs. Malignaggi, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2, Marquez vs. Alvarado & Khan vs. Broner just a few names Luis Carlos Abregu, Luis Collazo, Kell Brook, Bethel Ushona we just have to be patient and wait and see what will develop in the next few weeks. Thurman with Legendary trainer Dan Birmingham will continue to stay on course at St.Pete Boxing Club until the phone rings, Therein lies a warrior that is ready to roar.

Keith Thurman TKO 9 Jesus Soto Karass live round-by-round updates

Keith Thurman TKO 9 Jesus Soto Karass live round-by-round updates

SAN ANTONIO — has a live round-by-round update of tonight’s welterweight bout during which boxer-puncher Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs) scored a ninth-round technical knockout over experienced gatekeeper Jesus Soto-Karass (28-9-3, 18 KOs), who was floored once each in the fifth and final rounds.

“He’s much harder to get all…. Here’s what I got. San Antonio, baby. Thank you. There’s a lot of tough guys out there, but ‘One Time’ reps that KO everytime. They can take it for a few rounds, but they can’t take it for 12 rounds. I saw I had him hurt. He was buzzed standing up, and I finished the show,” said Thumman.

“I saw that he was open. I sat down on that left hook and I exploded. Everyone’s dangerous with eight-ounce gloves. Luckily, God-willing, I was able to stand up, go toe-to-toe, -and get him out of there. I’d like whatever the fans like. I am here to entertain. I am here to give the best fights in the welterweight division.”

Thurman and Soto Karass returned to the town where they last fought in July.

Thurman scored a 10th-round knockout of Argentina’s previously unbeaten Diego Chaves, whom he dropped once each in the ninth and final round.

On the same card, Soto Karass rose from an 11th-round knockdown to drop and stop former two-time welterweight beltholder Andre Berto in the 12th.

Showtime’s broadcast begins at 8 p.m ET/5 p.m. PT.

Click here for the video highlight recap of Thurman-Soto Karass; Marcos Maidana-Adrien Broner

Thurman vs. Soto Karass


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