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CAN THURMAN STAY HEALTHY ENOUGH TO MAKE HIS PRESENCE FELT IN THE WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION?

KOWNACKI V WASHINGTON & NYAMBAYAR V MARRERO ON THE UNDERCARD.

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.

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ABOUT PBC ON FOX & FOX DEPORTES: THURMAN VS. LOPEZ
Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes is headlined by the return of WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman defending his title against veteran contender Josesito Lopez on Saturday, January 26 live from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™ and the East Coast home of PBC.
The broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features rising unbeaten Polish heavyweight Adam Kownacki taking on former title challenger Gerald Washington, plus a 12-round featherweight showdown between Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Claudio Marrero.
PBC Prelims on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and will feature junior lightweight prospect Chris Colbert taking on once-beaten Josh Hernandez in an eight-round bout, plus 2016 U.S. Olympian Antuanne Russell facing Roberto Almazán in a six/eight round super lightweight attraction, and super welterweight prospect Chordale Booker meeting Juan De Ángel for eight-rounds of action.
Fans can live stream the fights on the FOX Sports app, available in English or Spanish through the FOX or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku.

 

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