Keith Thurman’s ‘One Time’ chance at the big time

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Updated: December 13, 2013
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Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is an undefeated welterweight contender. He currently holds the interim WBA welterweight title, but he isn’t regarded as a welterweight champion when it is Adrien Broner, who will be defending his WBA welterweight title against Marcos Rene Maidana on Saturday.

Thurman, however, is making a name for himself, as he is trying to legitimately fight his way toward the top like everyone else. Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs) will challenge Jesus Soto Karass (28-8-3, 18 KOs) to a fight that will have a lot riding on it. Thurman, if nobody has noticed in the past, will pay closer attention to him should he defeat Soto Karass.

Thurman-Soto Karass, along with Broner-Maidana, will be part of a SHOWTIME Championship Boxing event entitled “DANGERZONE! Broner vs. Maidana, from the AT & t Center in San Antonio, TX beginning at 8 PM/ET.

“This fight right here is what we call the icing on the cake,” Thurman said during a recent conference call. “This will get the job done, because after this year no one can say that Keith Thurman has not been tested, that they haven’t put him in with anybody.”

In 2012, Thurman was indeed tested and made everyone notice his progression. In March at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he outpointed former welterweight champion Jan Zavek. In July, Thurman impressively knocked out Diego Chaves to win the interim WBA 147-pound title.

Thurman also holds a spectacular knockout finish over former WBO welterweight champion, Carlos Quintana.

I’ve been doing my thing,” Thurman said. “I’ve been passing every test, and I’ve got one more test to pass this year come the 14th being Soto and, after that, hopefully the door will be wide open for that world title shot.”

Thurman turned professional in 2008 following an amateur career that consists of 100 victories. While the world has been wasting their time and energy fantasizing over a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, Thurman, a Clearwater, FL native, has been rapidly moving along the ranks. Thurman fought six times in 2008, six times in 2009, four times in 2010, four times in 2011, twice in 2012, and will make his third appearance of 2013 on Saturday.

Thurman is young and ambitious. He is thirsty for his chance at the brighter lights hovering over the biggest stage. Thurman is calling out Floyd Mayweather and will not shy away from a fight with Broner, or anyone else.  

“I’m a young dude coming up in the rank,” Thurman said, “and I’m letting the whole world of boxing know who my actual target is. Doubt me as much as you want, but you are going to watch me through my career climb that ladder, and get to the destination that I first saw, the one that I told you about, and that’s Floyd “Money” Mayweather, and Jesus Soto Karass is one of those stepping stones that I got to get by if I want to make those dreams come true.”

Thurman will be tested when he meets the more experienced Jesus Soto-Karass, who is on a roll in his last few fights. Karass has always been a durable guy and has pulled off his share of upsets.

In 2013, Soto-Karass won a decision against Selcuk Aydin before he stopped former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto inside twelve rounds. Soto-Karass has spent his career fighting up and coming prospects looking to make a name for themselves. The scenario is the same with his fight against Thurman, but the difference now is the fact that Soto-Karass has an opportunity to become a world champion.  

It will be an explosive fight that will end by knockout.

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