Undefeated WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman returns to the Brooklyn Boxing Ring to defend his title against battle hardened veteran Josesito Lopez on Saturday, January 26 at Barclays Center. Also in Action in the co-feature is fast rising unbeaten heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki who will clash with Gerald Washington.
Keith Thurman has struggled with injuries recently and you have to go back to 2013 for the last time he has fought three times in one year, and the past two years he only fought once a year so 2019 might have to be a big year for him if the 30 year old is going to make himself relevant again in the welterweight division. There are potentially huge fights for Thurman if he comes through this fight and so do the other current champions,
The only things that could stop the big money fights from happening seems to be Boxing Politics, scheduling and Thurman’s health. The options are Crawford (WBO), Spence Jnr (IBF), Porter (WBC) and Pacquiao (WBA Regular Champion) so with this many options there is no reason why Thurman should be fighting contenders as the other champions are there waiting for him but he has to get past Lopez first and show the rest of the division he is healthy and back to his best.
The big question about Josesito Lopez is if he is good enough to give Thuraman a real test or is he a patsy which has been brought in so Thurman can ease back into the division, and looking at his record the biggest win on his record is against Victor Ortiz, but he appears to have been beat against most established fighters and I don’t think this will be any different unless Thurman’s body breaks down but I don’t think that will happen either.