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Keith Thurman beats Josesito Lopez, despite a scare

WBA welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0 22 KOs) returned after a 22-month layoff to beat game veteran Josesito Lopez (36-8 19KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions televised bout from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Thurman cruised to an early lead including a vintage Thurman left hook knockdown that seemed to scream that Thurman was back in full effect, but not so fast.

Thurman slowed down, not unlike how he usually does after the sixth round, but unlike previous bouts, Thurman got hit a lot more. This was a pointed example in this instance below as Lopez nearly stopped Thurman before the end of the seventh round.

Thurman looked a step-off which is reasonable for someone coming off a long layoff, but the question now hinders in most people’s minds, is this simply a rusty Thurman or is this who Thurman is now, moving forward? The second half of the bout was competitive with Thurman landing the better of the punches, but getting hit in the process and finding himself on the ropes having to work.

The judges saw the bout 113-113, 115-111 and 117-109.

Thurman won the bout, but he didn’t wow anyone in the process. After the bout, he welcomed a bout with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.


Undercard ramblings

Undefeated New York heavyweight Adam Kownacki is inching closer to a major fight as he annihilated Gerald Washington of Vallejo, Ca, stopping him in two rounds. Kownacki is a combination puncher, who throws in high-volume.

Undefeated featherweight Tugstsogt Nyambayar picked up the IBO featherweight world title defeating Claudio Marrero in a very competitive 12-round bout. Marrero lost a point in the tenth for hitting after the break, Nyamabayar should be gearing up to a world title in the next year. The scores were 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111.

New York super featherweight Chris Colbert was tested by Josh Hernandez in a tough learning experience fight that he mostly dominated.

Cruiserweight William Deets knocked out Marsellos Wilder, the brother of WBC heavyweight world champion, Deontay Wilder. It was a technical knockout with the bout being stopped in the fourth round.

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