By Tre Berry
Well well well…what do we have here?…a Keith Thurman sighting!
The inactive WBA Welterweight Champion of the world Keith ‘One-Time’ Thurman (28-0-0, 22KO) finally makes his long awaited return to boxing to get back acclimated to the sport with a tune-up fight against hard hitting, rugged Josesito Lopez (36-7-0, 19KO).
Initially sidelined by surgery on his right arm to repair bone spurs in his elbow, and clear out calcium deposits that he suffered before his unification fight with Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia, he had further setbacks due to a car accident that he experienced in February of 2018, which he claims he suffered whiplash from. Upon his initial plans to finally make a comeback to boxing in May of 2018, he suffered another injury, this time injuring his hand during sparring, which was the catalyst that got his WBC belt taken from him due to inactivity as he was stripped of the title.
Thurman was however, able to keep his WBA belt, despite being out approximately 23 months (how was he able to keep his WBA belt? we have no idea). With all the injuries, setbacks, his self-reflecting social media posts, and him getting married during his time off, it seemed like a real possibility that he might never return back to the ring, but after getting his priorities in check, and now having a clean bill of health, he’s looking to throw his hat back in the ring to continue where he left off, and he took the Josesito fight as a test to get his timing back, and to gauge how his elbow and hand holds up to live action.
Tune into FOX PBC on Saturday, January 26th to witness the return of one of boxing’s most interesting Champions.