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Unified 147-pound world champion Keith Thurman discusses how he let down his guard and fell in love while on a vacation in Japan.
It’s easy to envision Keith Thurman cloaked in a scarlet robe, sitting with his eyes closed in a cave somewhere in the Himalaya mountains receiving wisdom from a Tibetan monk. If there is a fiercely independent Renaissance man in boxing today whose narrative is one he has solely designed, it is the fighter known as “One Time.”
Unified 147-pound world champion Keith Thurman is recovering from surgery on his right elbow and expects to be out of action until the end of 2017.
Win vs Danny Garcia
Mar 04, 2017 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Keith Thurman WINS against Danny Garcia by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Shawn Porter
Jun 25, 2016 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Keith Thurman WINS against Shawn Porter by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Luis Collazo
Jul 11, 2015 • USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
Keith Thurman WINS against Luis Collazo by TKO in Round 7 of 12
Win vs Robert Guerrero
Mar 07, 2015 • MGM Grand, Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Keith Thurman WINS against Robert Guerrero by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Leonard Bundu 31-0-2
Dec 13, 2014 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Leonard Bundu by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Julio Diaz 40-9-1
Apr 26, 2014 • StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Julio Diaz by RTD in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Jesus Soto Karass 28-8-3
Dec 14, 2013 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Jesus Soto Karass by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Diego Gabriel Chaves 22-0-0
Jul 27, 2013 • AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Diego Gabriel Chaves by KO in Round 10 of 12
Win vs Jan Zaveck 32-2-0
Mar 09, 2013 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Jan Zaveck by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Carlos Quintana 29-3-0
Nov 24, 2012 • Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Carlos Quintana by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Orlando Lora 29-2-2
Jul 21, 2012 • U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Orlando Lora by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Brandon Hoskins 16-0-1
May 05, 2012 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Brandon Hoskins by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Christopher Fernandez 19-14-1
Feb 25, 2012 • Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Christopher Fernandez by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Favio Medina 23-2-3
Nov 27, 2010 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Favio Medina by TKO in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Quandray Robertson 15-9-0
Sep 18, 2010 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Quandray Robertson by KO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Stalinn Lopez 7-0-0
Jul 23, 2010 • Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Stalinn Lopez by KO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Leonardo Rojas 8-9-3
Nov 28, 2009 • Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Keith Thurman WINS against Leonardo Rojas by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Edvan Dos Santos Barros 10-7-1
Nov 06, 2009 • Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Edvan Dos Santos Barros by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Travis Hartman 10-13-1
Aug 14, 2009 • Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Travis Hartman by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Marteze Logan 26-36-2
Jun 26, 2009 • Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Marteze Logan by TKO in Round 3 of 6
No Contest vs Francisco Garcia 5-2-0
Apr 04, 2009 • Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA
Keith Thurman Francisco Garcia by ND in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Marcus Luck 9-15-1
Nov 07, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Marcus Luck by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Omar Bell 6-0-0
Aug 15, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Omar Bell by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Jason Jordan 6-22-3
Jun 27, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Jason Jordan by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Jessie Davis 9-9-0
May 09, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Jessie Davis by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Carlos Pena 5-13-1
Apr 05, 2008 • Hilton Bayfront, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Carlos Pena by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Brandon Buchanon 5-6-1
Mar 14, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Brandon Buchanon by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Tramiane Boone 0-0-1
Jan 18, 2008 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Tramiane Boone by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Kensky Rodney 0-2-0
Nov 09, 2007 • A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA
Keith Thurman WINS against Kensky Rodney by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Equal parts force and finesse, unbeaten 147-pound world champion Keith Thurman has become a fan favorite thanks to his blend of punching power and personality. Boxing has been a lifelong passion for Thurman, who entered the sport at the age of 7 and has been primed for stardom ever since.
Born in Clearwater, Florida, Keith Thurman was discovered at the age of 7 by renowned trainer Ben Getty.
At the time, Getty was holding a boxing exhibition in the cafeteria of Thurman’s school.
Thurman took the sign-up sheet home to his mother in order to participate in the event, and told her that he wanted to box.
The fighter known as "One Time” been doing so ever since, and the undefeated 147-pound world champion has become one of boxing's top stars with his fan-friendly style and natural, almost offhanded charisma.
A champ since childhood
As an amateur fighter, Thurman won six national championships and recorded more than 100 victories, setting the stage for a promising pro career.
After Getty passed away in 2009, Thurman moved into the stable of Dan Birmingham, best known for helping turn Jeff Lacey and Winky Wright into world titlists as well as having worked with former world champion Chad Dawson for a time.
A natural-born knockout artist
Thurman has earned nearly all of his victories by knockout.
And a number of them have come against some of the most rugged participants in a rugged sport.
To wit, Thurman burst onto the national scene with a savage four-round destruction of former world champion Carlos Quintana in November 2012.
Quintana retired after the brutal loss.
From there, Thurman would hand no-nonsense Argentinean Diego Chaves his first defeat via 10th-round knockout, winning an interim 147-pound title in the process, before gaining a ninth-round technical knockout of Mexican tough-guy supreme Jesus Soto Karass.
In his last bout as interim champion, Thurman won a unanimous decision over Italian star Leonard Bundu in Las Vegas on December 13, 2014.
A fighter with finesse
As intense as he can be inside the ring, Thurman is a thoughtful, engaging presence outside of it.
A voracious reader fond of books with a philosophical bent, Thurman’s a laid-back guy who drives a Prius and chills with his Chihuahuas.
But when the bell rings, another side of Thurman comes out.
Despite his nickname, “One Time” has demonstrated that he can go the distance.
In March 2013, Thurman won a grueling 12-round decision over former champion Jan Zaveck, a rough-and-tumble Slovenian with a stout defense.
That fight, in particular, underscored a key point: Thurman’s a boxer who can brawl, not the other way around.
“I want to have eyes like a shark, but also eyes like an eagle,” he told the Tampa Bay Times in 2010, highlighting his emphasis on ring savvy as opposed to merely hunting for knockouts.
“I want to be able to see things coming before they come, and when I can tell I have you bleeding or on the ropes, I want to be able to execute and finish the job.”
A smashing success in his PBC debut
Thurman took on four-division champion Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on March 7, 2015, in the first Premier Boxing Champions card.
Fighting on prime time on NBC, Thurman stepped up his game in winning a 12-round unanimous decision. He won nearly every round on all three judges' cards, and scored a ninth-round knockdown.
With the win, Thurman improved to 25-0 and solidified his status as one of the world's top fighters in the 147-pound division.
Returning to fight in the Sunshine State for the first time since 2009, Thurman made his homecoming as world champion by taking on former titleholder Luis Collazo at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on July 11, 2015.
While firmly in control for most of the fight, Thurman was rocked in Round 5 by a body shot that nearly brought him to a knee. He remained steadfast, though, and opened a cut above Collazo’s right eye that caused the challenger’s corner to throw in the towel after Round 7.
Becoming a unified world champion
In June 2016, Thurman defended his title for the third time against former world champion Shawn Porter. Fighting before a crowd of 12,718 at Barclays Center and a national television audience on CBS, Thurman earned a close unanimous decision—all three judges scored the bout 115-113—in a high-action contest that earned consideration for Fight of the Year.
Thurman made the leap from champion to star in his next fight as he returned to Brooklyn in March 2017 to face unbeaten two-division champion Danny Garcia, who stepped up from 140 pounds to win a vacant 147-pound crown in January 2016.
Their fight was not only the 10th title unification in division history, it was just the third between undefeated welterweights, following 1981’s Fight of the Year between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns and 1999’s Felix Trinidad-Oscar De La Hoya showdown.
With a Barclays Center boxing-record crowd of 16,533 watching along with a national prime-time audience on CBS, Thurman edged his way to a split decision over Garcia to entrench himself firmly atop the division.
“I want to have eyes like a shark, but also eyes like an eagle.”