By Mark Eisner: Former WBA/WBC Welterweight Champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman made a press release together with his comeback win over Mario Barrios (26-2, 17 KOs) in Las Vegas on Saturday evening.
Preventing for the primary time in practically three years, ‘One Time’ Thurman (30-1, 22 KOs) outboxed the youthful fighter Barrios, trying like he would nearly by no means get away from the Michelob Extremely Enviornment.
Not one of the fighters had been harm within the struggle, though Thurman was wanting breath after being caught by a tough physique shot from Barrios within the eighth spherical.
Barrios could not reap the benefits of Thurman’s have to again all the way down to recuperate from the punch. Within the championship spherical, Thurman appeared fairly ragged, forcing him to maneuver round to keep away from getting hit.
It was little shock that the group was affected person with Thurman selecting to not boo, and that the ultimate 4 rounds together with his nonstop motion had been fairly boring.
The scores had been:
If Barrios had the punching energy, it might have been an attention-grabbing struggle, however apparently he was picked by Thurman’s administration as a result of he’s not a puncher.
Going into the struggle, the one likelihood Barrios had was if Thurman had aged dramatically since his final struggle towards Manny Pacquiao in July 2019.
“It wasn’t the toughest factor I’ve hit,” Thurman informed a post-fight press convention after his victory. “If he had been capable of step a bit extra and dig a bit deeper, he would have been capable of knock me down.
“They nonetheless can’t put me down. The truth that he’s a free agent ought to make issues a bit higher,” Thurman stated when requested in regards to the prospect of difficult WBO welterweight champion Terrence Crawford .
“To Work With Bob” [Arum] Not a number of enjoyable for lots of fighters,” Thurman stated. “You see what I am carrying now, you see what I am representing,” Thurman reveals off a WBC medal, implying he plans to go to the World Boxing Council en path to the world title. .
“They have been asking me for a very long time ‘The place do you rank, Keith Thurman?’ I do not know. I am among the finest fighters on the earth. Who cares what rank they provide me, what quantity they provide me or what rank they provide me?
“I need to struggle a champion. I am hoping to be proper with a champion. I need an opportunity to win the world title once more.”
“So if that is the chance [Crawford], I will take it. I like nice fights within the welterweight division, however do you see what I am representing proper now? [WBC], So this may very well be the ladder I am climbing,” Thurman stated.
To make sure, Thurman definitely aged horribly on the 31 months that he was out of the ring, however he nonetheless had sufficient left to defeat Barrios, which some boxing followers felt was unnerving. He was a paper champion when he gained the ‘common’ 140-lb title to the WBA.
Barrios wanted energy to win him over, and he lacked in a significant method.
After the struggle, 33-year-old Thurman made it clear that he needed to struggle for the following world title, whether or not towards Errol Spence Jr., Yordenis Ugas or Terrence Crawford.
On condition that Thurman is with PBC, it is uncertain whether or not they’ll crew him up with Crawford, however maybe they’ll. Crawford is now not with the highest ranks, which makes him an alternative to PBC fighters like Thurman.
It is good to have Thurman again, however he clearly will not have the ability to beat any good contenders or welterweight champions from his aspect.
Thurman as seen in his final struggle towards Manny Pacquiao in 2019 was significantly better than what we noticed tonight.
Thurman has misplaced quite a bit from his recreation with 2 1/2 years out of the ring, however that was to be anticipated. So long as Thurman is of age, you do not keep out of the ring, after which come again as the identical fighter.