It would be an understatement to say that Keith Thurman (23-0, 21KOs) was on a roll. The fighter known as “One Time” looked outstanding in his last few fights, especially against Julio Diaz, who he beat in the third round back in their April tussle to successfully retain his interim WBA Welterweight championship.
However, one of the hottest welterweight prospects suffered a setback in the form of a shoulder injury has hindered his plans, which included making an appearance on the undercard of the Sept. 13 MGM Grand event headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana. Thankfully, the injury won’t keep him too long away from the ring.
In an interview with ESPN, trainer Dan Birmingham said Thurman, who is ranked No. 7 in Ring’s welterweight rankings as of Aug. 4, should be back to training before the end of the month. He added that Thurman’s adviser Al Haymon said the prospect should return for a Showtime event in October.
“We don’t have the date nailed down yet or an opponent, but Keith will be back in October. I don’t want to speculate on an opponent, but Roberto Garcia, who just signed with Al, might make a good opponent. He has got a great record and he’s a good fighter.”
Garcia (36-3 1NC, 26KOs) would indeed make a good opponent for Thurman as he gets back to the ring.
Another ideal opponent is Robert Guerrero (32-2-1 2NC), who is bounced back from his May 2013 loss against Mayweather to beat Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai. Guerrero is under Thurman in the Ring rankings and a win would easily move him the spot while a victory for Thurman would solidify his place as one of the top 147-pound fighters.
In the interview Birmingham brought up the possibility of Thurman squaring off against Shawn “Showtime” Porter, who is scheduled to defend his IBF Welterweight title against Kell Brook, Aug. 16. Although Thurman may need a couple of wins to get his shot at Porter, Birmingham said he thinks the fight is “inevitable” and that once they do face off, it would be a “great fight.”
I’d have to go with Birmingham on this one. Both fighters are around the same age and relatively have the same amount of experience though Thurman has spent a year longer as a pro.
If Porter drops his strap to Brook, perhaps we could see Showtime vs. One Time sooner than we think.
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