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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…

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