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Keith Thurman returns against Josesito Lopez on FOX

Keith “One Time” Thurman is a confusing story in the sport of boxing.

Thurman has the best resume at welterweight with wins over “Showtime” Shawn Porter and Danny “Swift” Garcia, but also has the longest time outside of the ring of any top welterweight, being out of the ring for 22 months, which is nearly two years.

Thurman has a good reason, he has constantly been injured, but some have questioned since he lives a reasonable life, does he feel any need to fight anymore as he has acquired seemingly enough money to navigate life. Thurman despite being more than likely the best welterweight in the world, on paper, has more “what-if’s” than any other fighter in the sport of boxing.

Thurman, who enters the ring this Saturday against “The Riverside Rocky” Josesito Lopez in a 12-round WBA Super World welterweight title in the main event of a televised card from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, televised on FOX.

Lopez is maybe the most likable fighter in the sport of boxing, a constant underdog, who found his way to stardom by stopping Victor Ortiz, has constantly fought with his heart on his sleeve. Lopez lost to Andre Berto in 2015, but riffled off three wins including an impressive win over undefeated Miguel Cruz which set him up to fight Thurman upon Thurman’s return.

I said all of that to say this, Lopez is the quintessential fighter, who might not have one dominant skillset, but his heart more than makes up for it. Coming off a layoff these are the type of fighters who can be difficult to face.

That being said, when Thurman is on, he is terrific. When he is off, he is awkward, often picking up massive leads and trying to outlast his way to finish line.

So what makes this a worthy watch?

Well, what I listed above, Josesito is a tough game opponent and Thurman is a major “what-if” when active let alone when he is coming off a massive nearly two-year period of inactivity.

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Lukie Ketelle

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