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 Last update:  7/27/2013       Read more by Jake Donovan         
   
Keith Thurman Bombs Out Diego Chaves In 10 Rounds
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By Jake Donovan

Keith Thurman survived his toughest test to date, overcoming a broken nose and outlasting Diego Chaves to score a 10th round knockout in their welterweight war Saturday evening in San Antonio, Texas.

The bout began as a slugfest, which suggested a significant advantage for the visiting Argentine slugger. Thurman answered any lingering questions about his chin, eating an alarming number of right hands, including one that busted open his nose in the third round.

Momentum changed in round four and never really slipped away from Thurman's grasp. The American boxer-puncher made subtle adjustments to minimize the impact of Chaves' blows, while always being in position to fire back.

Chaves began to slow in the middle rounds, which Thurman suggested was around which he built his strategy.

"I saved my best tools for the later rounds," Thurman (21-0, 19KO) suggested after the win, which netted him an interim welterweight belt. "I knew he would be in beautiful condition early on but that he would eventually die out. That's when I hit him with that beautiful body shot."

The body shot to which he refers caught Chaves right on the sweet spot in round nine, forcing him to a knee for the first of the bout's two knockdowns. Thurman immediately jumped on his wounded prey early in the 10th, forcing him to the deck where Chaves remained for the full ten count and beyond.

The loss is the first for Chaves, who falls to 22-1 (18KO).

Thurman was overjoyed in scoring the biggest win of his young career, though for a brief moment forgetting where he was.

"I'd like to thank this beautiful city. Thank you, San Diego," Thurman shouted, before realizing his gaffe. "San Antonio, I mean. San Antonio!"

Geography challenge aside, Thurman answered a lot of lingering questions surrounding his career. He has also outpaced the entire 2008 U.S. Olympic boxing squad, of which he was one win away from joining before losing to Demetrius Andrade in the U.S. Olympic Trials finals.

Andrade is being groomed for a vacant title fight with Vanes Martirosyan - a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic boxing squad - later this year. By then, Thurman should have a firm grasp on his future.

Until then, he gets to savor life in the present, where he is now an official player in a lucrative welterweight division.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Keith Thurman , Diego Chaves , Thurman-Chaves , Thurman vs. Chaves



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comment by marvelousmatt, on 07-29-2013
[QUOTE=WarMaidana]you kidding me?? I know GB is putting on more high profile and better cards but look at this: Ruslan vs Bradley Rios vs Alvarado II Ruslan vs Alvarado Marquez vs Bradley Rios vs Pac those some solid ass fights[/QUOTE] TR has some great cards....it just wasn't Saturd...

comment by nacho daddy, on 07-28-2013
[QUOTE=Frank Ducketts]He didn't gas out until he got hit to the body. Maidana, Matthyse...they will all get exposed by body shots soon enough.[/QUOTE] gee that is funny because after the 3or 4th rd he was hardly effective. he did not gas out after the body shot that was one in a millions odds on...

comment by Frank Ducketts, on 07-28-2013
Thurman was head hunting, and changed his game. He started to jab, and then later went to the body. He did good for a guy who abandoned his game plan early and eventually went back to it. Firefights do that every now and then.

comment by Frank Ducketts, on 07-28-2013
[QUOTE=nacho daddy]sorry I used wrong quote. the reason chaves gassed out a little is there is no money behind him like Thurman. he was supposed to lose and almost won[/QUOTE]He didn't gas out until he got hit to the body. Maidana, Matthyse...they will all get exposed by body shots soon enough.

comment by FromBA, on 07-28-2013
[QUOTE=JuanARG20]he can fight FOR 3 ROUNDS againts an average fighter...Thurman is an average fighter with a lot of flaws in his game....and Chaves didnt even make it to the scorecards.....do your homework boy![/QUOTE] You are almost alone in your opinion, in this thread and in the forums in g...

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