What makes a star in boxing? Over the past four decades the answer to that question has changed dramatically and varies depending on who you talk to. The old timers will tell you that boxing skills trump all else. The young fans may point to flash and bravado as the driver to stardom. Whether or not you are old or young, hardcore fan or casual observer, one thing is certain. A star wins and does it with confidence and a smile. Floyd Mayweather is a star. Right now he is the one you all know of. He is undefeated, possesses the most skill in the game and has the personality of a movie star. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is the next big Mexican boxing superstar who has taken Golden Boy to the next level and is primed to fill the shoes of legends Oscar de La Hoya and Julio Caesar Chavez. But there is another guy in the fight game every avid fan needs to be familiar with.
Boxing skills? Check. Perfect record? Check. Power in both hands? Check. Big personality? Check. If you don’t know about him already you need to start educating yourself on Keith “One Time” Thurman now. And there is no better time to do so than Saturday night on Showtime’s triple header boxing showcase. Before you know it Keith Thurman will be among the boxing elite. Don’t you want to be the person who told your friends – “I told you so…”
Keith “One Time” Thurman is the main event on Saturday, April 26 as Showtime Boxing and Golden Boy bring boxing fans an exciting triple header that is being dubbed “Heavy Hitters.” With three bouts on the card the headline feature between Keith Thurman and Julio Diaz may be the fight that makes Keith “One Time” Thurman a household name among boxing elite.
Thurman, who comes into the fight with a perfect record of 22-0, including 18 knockouts, has lived up to his nickname by destroying his opponents with big punches and fast combinations. In addition to the perfect record, Thurman also boasts the confidence, personality and bravado it takes to be a star in the boxing world. While his public antics may not be at the level of Floyd Mayweather or Adrien Broner, he speaks intelligently about the fight game, makes salient points about his competition and exudes confidence as well anyone. And he has the resume to back it up.
Thurman, who is coming off a big win against Mexican veteran Jesus Soto Karas, understands the magnitude of this fight and the path that a decisive victory can put him on. For him, the preparation he has gone through since the age of 7 years old when he first strapped on the leather has led him to this day. A day when he is the main attraction. When all eyes are on him. And according to Thurman being the main attraction will become a normal occurrence for many years to come. If you ever heard Thurman speak, then you would know that he is not joking when he says that he can be the best ever.
With many veteran stars on the brink of retirement the fight game is ready for the next American boxing superstar. So far, Keith “One Time” Thurman, has done everything he could to ensure that he is next in line. On Saturday night he faces his first test in the eyes of the public and I have every reason to believe that he won’t disappoint.