Saturday at Tampa, Florida
Keith Thurman TKO8 Luis Collazo
Retains a welterweight title
Records: Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs); Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs)
Rafael’s remarks: Few fighters are getting as much hype as Thurman is these days. And why not? He’s got charisma, a great personality, big power and skills and serves up great sound bites. But he still has to do the business in the ring, which he did against Collazo in the debut main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN.
Thurman, 26, mostly dominated Collazo even though it was not his best performance. Still, the excited crowd of 4,136 at the Sun Dome went wild for his every move. He grew up about 20 minutes away in Clearwater and was fighting at home for the first time since 2009, and the fans who turned out were pumped to have him home as he made his second title defense. It was a follow-up to his first defense in May, when he dominated contender Robert Guerrero in a slugfest that opened the PBC on NBC in prime time in Las Vegas. More
September 1, 2013KO Digest Interview: Keith Thurman – “I’m a twelve round fighter”
|Knockout Artist in Action|
Sometimes, one time is all it takes to make an impression on the public. Once the introductions cease and the focus shifts to the center of the ring, many fighters have frozen, tossing their game plans out the window and abandoning what brought them to the cusp of prominence. Others fall flat, proving that they never really had what it takes and that the buildup surrounding their rise was vastly inflated.
In the case of Keith “One Time” Thurman, pick any of his 21 professional fights, and one time is all it will take to get you hooked. Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs) is the welterweight division’s most exciting contender, a precision puncher not afraid to unleash a mix of “critical blows” to the body and the head.
Under the tutelage of the late Ben Getty, Thurman rose to prominence in Florida and has recently appeared on HBO, defeating Jan Zaveck and Diego Chaves in 2013. A world title shot looms in the future for the 24 year old, but he remains grounded in a calm, cool confidence that he can achieve his lifelong dream. Thurman is a self-proclaimed spiritual man with faith in a higher power and in himself, but just like his exceptional boxing accomplishments in the amateur and pro ranks, he doesn’t flaunt it. In fact, the only thing loud about the Clearwater, Florida, native is the talking he does with his fists. If you blink during a Keith Thurman fight, you might miss it, but if the trend continues, you can bet the ascent and the stay at the top will last much longer.
KO Digest’s Joel Sebastianelli: You’re 24 years old, but boxing has been a part of your life for many years.
In fact, your first amateur fight came back in 1997. What brought you to the sport?
|Thurman was influenced by his Dad and Bruce Lee|