Keith Thurman To Announce Next Opponent Soon
Boxing veteran Keith Thurman has announced that he will return to the ring next year after Manny Pacquiao beat him in July 2019.
The former WBA/WBC welterweight champion’s upcoming opponent is expected to be confirmed soon after Thanksgiving.
“I have an opponent right now on the table, and we are looking forward to making an announcement most likely after this coming holiday,” Thurman said on the PBC Podcast.
The 33-year-old was expected to enter the ring this November or December, but he then contracted the coronavirus.
He is feeling confident despite not being active for over two years.
“I’m looking forward to being part of the mix and testing all these champions and climbing my way back up to champion status,” the former champ said.
Thurman explained where he felt the fight slipped away from him against the Pacman.
“I didn’t put my foot on the gas, and he was able to walk away with the 12th round, which ultimately led to his victory and my defeat,” he said. “I didn’t commit to walking away with that victory. It was very devastating.”
“Let’s look at the numbers. I barely lost… 15 more punches, and the fight is mine—split decision with one point on the last judges’ scorecard. My instincts told me we were about to get a draw that night, and my instincts were correct in the 11th round.”