Keith Thurman to Miss Six Months

WBA and WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman has announced that he has successfully undergone surgery on his right elbow and will miss six months of action.

Thurman most recently retained his WBA title and won the WBC title back on Mar. 4 in a split-decision win over Danny Garcia. In an interview with ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Thurman said that he was dealing with the elbow pain prior to the contest, and it was a bit of a distraction as the bout went on.

"I had loose bodies in the elbow, similar to what baseball pitchers have," Thurman said. "They had to go in and take out the loose bodies and calcium deposits. It was getting in the way of the hinging of the elbow and when I threw a punch. It was causing pain and inflammation.

"I noticed it before the Danny Garcia fight. There was no way to get rid of it without the surgery. I’m healing and getting the function back so that I can be pain-free."

Dr. Riley Williams worked on the surgery, which occurred on April 19 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, New York. Calcium deposits were removed from Thurman’s elbow during the procedure.

Thurman’s doctors have advised him to not do any physical, boxing-related action for the next six months. And Thurman is not in a rush to get back, stating he does not want to risk inflammation.

Thurman hopes to fight later this year, but he said he understands if he might have to wait until 2018 to fight again.

"I worked hard to be where I am. We’re excited to move forward. This is just the real struggle of an athlete,’ Thurman said. "It’s not always picture-perfect. It happens in every sport, and that’s because we demand a lot from our bodies and ourselves. It has repercussions. Cars break down. We get them fixed and put them back on the road. We’re looking forward to getting back into the ring and giving you another fight before the year is out.’

Thurman is likely to next face the winner of the IBF welterweight title fight on May 27 between Kell Brook and Errol Spence Jr. in another title unification bout.

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