Keith Thurman extends unbeaten streak with Josesito Lopez win
Keith Thurman extends unbeaten streak with Josesito Lopez win
Thurman “Focused On Getting Better And Much Stronger With Each Fight”
30 January, 2019, 17:16
"My hand took some contact tonight", said Thurman of that hand that was not 100%. Still, rugged contender Lopez should at least give Thurman some rounds so we can see if Thurman still has the goods.
"The champ is back", said Thurman, who wants to fight Manny Pacquiao next. "That's a handsome fight".
"I definitely thought I held my own in that fight", said Lopez.
Pacquiao made his PBC debut last Saturday night in Las Vegas and retained his belt by outclassing former titlist Adrien Broner.
NEW YORK (AP) - Keith Thurman has been limited to fight fan instead of fighter for almost two years, going to bouts but looking up at someone else's name in lights.
Lopez's best chance for success, outside of Thurman re-aggravating an injury, could come by patiently targeting the body.
But he returned to see off compatriot Lopez, with two judges scoring the fight 115-111 and 117-109 in his favour and a third seeing a 113-113 draw. Most importantly, I'm a much smarter fighter than I've ever been. 'I was disappointed I couldn't finish him and get him out of there, ' Lopez said. And for sure there was nothing wrong with his legs, as he moved far too quickly for Lopez, getting into position to throw uppercuts and hooks and getting right out of the way for whatever Lopez threw back.
After another solid performance from Lopez in the 8th, Thurman regained control and said he'll only get better from here.
But Lopez had him on the run in the 7th, connecting with a huge left hook to Thurman's jaw and backing up the champion. "I'm going to show Josesito what it's like to be in the ring with me".
Josesito Lopez, meanwhile, will be showing up to ruin Thurman's plans.
But the tenor of the fight changed in the seventh round when Lopez rocked Thurman with two right hands and spent most of the round chasing him around and landing clean punches.
Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), 30, of Clearwater, Florida, had not boxed since a decision win over Danny Garcia, also at Barclays Center, to unify world titles in March 2017 because of postfight surgery on his right elbow. Lopez had another good round in the eighth, although he didn't land anything as telling as he did in the seventh.
"He had me buzzed and shaken up in the seventh round, but I tried to stay on the outside", said Thurman. In the co-main event, Polish power puncher Adam Kownacki, who is based in Brooklyn, stopped Gerald Washington in the second round of their heavyweight bout. Referee Harvey Dock warned Washington to show him something or he'd stop the fight, but let him continue out of respect. "I nearly forgot what it's like when it's your fight week and when you're the headliner". "I prepared for 10 hard rounds, but I'm glad I got it done and ended it as fast as I did".
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