Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Keith Thurman Dominates, Punishes Jan Zaveck To Win

By Thomas Gerbasi

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York - Rising star Keith Thurman went the 12 round distance for the first time in the HBO World Championship Boxing co-main event, and even though the knockout artist from Clearwater, Florida wasn’t able to take out former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck, he did more than enough to win a shutout unanimous decision and the WBO intercontinental title.

Scores were 120-108 across the board for Thurman, who ups his record to 20-0 with 18 KOs and 1 NC; Ptuj, Slovenia’s Zaveck falls to 32-3 with 18 KOs. It was Thurman’s first decision win since November of 2009.

"“He'’s truly a veteran of the sport and it was a great boxing lesson for me,” said Thurman.

Zaveck fought aggressively in the first round, stalking behind a high guard that he would drop when winging hooks at Thurman, who made him pay with face-reddening jabs and power shots that earned him the frame.

There was no let-up to the action throughout the second and third rounds, with Zaveck staying close and firing off shots that may not have hurt Thurman, but they got his attention. Thurman was the more effective of the two though, with his shots knocking Zaveck back a step or two with each swing.

Thurman’s thudding shots continued to draw oohs and aahs from the crowd in the fourth and fifth rounds, and for good reason, as Zaveck appeared to be slowing down under the increasing assault. In the sixth though, Zaveck seemed to get a second wind, even tagging Thurman with a wild overhand right. Thurman was unbothered by the shot, with his lateral movement and sharp combinations keeping him far in the lead as the bout approached its midway point.

It was more of the same in rounds seven through nine, with Thurman in complete control of the bout even though Zaveck gamely chased him and made it a fight, albeit a one-sided one.

And despite Zaveck’s courageous effort, it was clear by this point that he didn’t have the power to hurt Thurman, leaving the Floridian in a position to continue teeing off on Zaveck without any concern for any incoming fire.

By the end of round ten, a series of hard right hands finally had Zaveck in trouble, but he was able to make it to the bell, and after a minute’s rest he was back at it in rounds 11 and 12, finishing on his feet, even if not with a victory.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by UTEP on 03-10-2013

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;13129706]That's an odd observation. Are you trolling?[/QUOTE] No, not at all. Thurman is a lot stronger at 154. Thurman got buzzed a couple of times last night, those shots wouldn't have fased him at all at 154. He's draining himself…

Comment by paulf on 03-10-2013

Thurman was impressive and fought the right fight. The person who recommended Abregu next, that's great suggestion. Getting rounds in is the most valuable thing at this point, and I like that when Zavec cracked him he always gave a…

Comment by Evil Abed on 03-10-2013

[QUOTE=E.P.T.;13127739]Thurman needs to stay at 154, he's not a welterweight. His punches are mediocre at 147.[/QUOTE] That's an odd observation. Are you trolling?

Comment by Ringlife on 03-10-2013

[QUOTE=tlarry;13128284]I saw the fight, Thurman throws bombs, and I saw Thurman KO his last opponent. But what happened tonight, and why did Berto KO Javeck convincingly? I'd say Thurman needs to fight Berto; lets find out. Did Berto get lucky?…

Comment by nycsmooth on 03-10-2013

sometimes a guy ust won't go, as was the case KT, 4 the mental part knowing he can do this;bad in that he may have pushed himself further away from Alvarez who probably wants no part of him, rather the…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Saunders: I Called Out GGG, Now I'm Embarrassed By Performance Michael Conlan: McGregor Will Carry Irish Flag at My Pro Debut Photos: Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand For Joseph Parker Showdown Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov - CompuBox Punch Stats Freddie Roach Impressed: Murat Gassiev Was a Beast in There Murat Gassiev vs. Denis Lebedev - CompuBox Punch Stats Billy Joe Saunders Struggles in Decision Win Over Artur Akavov Lolenga Mock, Sherman Williams Win in Aarhus, Denmark Jack Catterall Outpoints Diego Luque, Retains Fringe WBO Regional Lebedev Wants a Rematch: I Thought I Won or it Was a Draw Paul Butler Beats Alexander Cazares, Targets Jamie McDonnell Kubrat Pulev Batters, Stops Samuel Peter in Four Rounds Murat Gassiev Drops, Decisions Lebedev With Split Nod For IBF Belt Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Julius Indongo Destroys Eduard Troyanovsky in One - HUGE Upset Denis Shafikov vs. Richard Commey - CompuBox Punch Stats Maxim Vlasov Blasts Rakhim Chakhkiev in Wild Shootout Marcos Villasana Jr. Looks To Continue His Run in Acapulco Frank Warren: Eubank Jr is All Talk, Won't Sign To Face Saunders Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE Results From Moscow Jessie Magdaleno: Manny Robles Should Be Trainer of The Year Jose Ramirez Ready To Travel, Challenge Ricky Burns in Scotland Juan Manuel Marquez Will Enter Camp in January, No Retirement Abel Sanchez To Saunders: Stop Talking, Call To Fight Golovkin Pazienza Understands Blackwell's Desire To Put Himself at Risk Frank Warren on Flanagan's Options, Saunders' Return, More Cecilia Braekhus vs. Klara Svensson Looms For January 28 Bellew: McGegor Just Wants UFC Shares, Mayweather Drills Him Video: Thomas Dulorme on Sparring Mayweather, Joining TMT McGregor: If Mayweather Runs, I Have Other Boxing Targets! Denis Lebedev-Murat Gassiev: Pre-Fight Report Card Video: Ellerbe Talks McGregor, Mayweather, Pedraza-Davis, More Abraham Lopez Decisions Sergio Lopez at LA Fight Club Jose Ramirez Stops Issouf Kinda in Six Rounds Dana White Baffled By McGregor's Move: He's Under Contract To Me Ashley Theophane Bounces Back, Decisions Yakubu Amidu Lebedev's Manager Explains Why NO WBA Title Shot For Gassiev Tevin Farmer Dominates Dardan Zenunaj in Showcase Conor McGregor on Malignaggi: Who The F*** is That Guy? Wilder Cleared To Train; Says He'll Fight "In February Or March"
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement