Health Update Regarding Keith Thurman Following Surgery
Considered one of the top stars in boxing, injuries have affected Keith Thurman’s path to superstardom.
Thurman has undergone surgery on his right elbow, then suffered a deep bruise to his left hand as he was preparing for a fight. Following bouts with Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia it took him about two years to get back in the ring. Following his last bout, a loss to Manny Pacquiao, Thurman underwent hand surgery. He ended up telling Boxing Scene that he is still not ready for a return.
“I still have yet to hit the bag 100 percent,” Thurman stated. “So, I did some exercises yesterday. I played golf this morning. I noticed that – I did do some heavy-duty exercises. So, I did notice that there was a little achiness here today. And I was like, ‘There’s no way that was from the golf swing. Last week, you played golf three times.’ I was like no way from the golf swing. I was like, ‘Oh, yeah. There was some other work you did yesterday.’ I started doing some heavier weights. I really wanted to get into the strong, the heavier movement, the heavier impact. You know, light impact, touch, touch, touch all day.”
Thurman (29-1, 1NC) won the WBA Welterweight Title from Diego Chaves in 2013, then the interim belt. Back in July 2019, Pacquiao took it from him via split decision. The fight saw a different Thurman, one we didn’t see in his return fight against Josesito Lopez that January. He halted all doubt as he took Pacquiao to the limit.
As far as future fights go, Thurman is ready for a rematch with Pacquiao. He is also interested in facing Danny Garcia again. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is unsure when Thurman will fight again. The time off could very well help him recover as the rest of boxing does in its own way following months of silence.
Even with a lot more training to do, Thurman is confident he will be back and better than ever.
“But I need to get back into the heavier hitting,” Thurman went on to say. “And that’s gonna take probably another two to three weeks of working on that before I know that it’s gonna be 100. But I feel confident. I think I’m gonna be stronger than I’ve been in a long time. I think I’m gonna be healthier than I’ve been in a long time. And I’m hoping that all of it’s gonna show in my performance. You know, you’re gonna know when Keith Thurman’s back because he’s gonna look like a monster. He’s gonna look unbeatable.”