By Luis Sandoval
Knockout artist Keith “One Time” Thurman will be taking another step up the Welterweight ladder when he faces Jan Zaveck in a WBO Welterweight title eliminator this Saturday night on HBO from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Thurman is best known his power punching as he has 18 knockouts in 19 fights. On the most recent episode of BoxingScene’s official radio show “The Boxing Lab”, the undefeated welterweight said he is going into Saturday night ready to take care of business and put Zaveck to the test early and often.
“I'm definitely going to see how my punches feel to him. I'm [going to] test him. We're going to test his chin, test his body. And we're going to make sure he's up for this battle. I'm going to go in there and see if this guy can even hang with me. If you can't hang with me, if you cannot take my power, I will get you out of there” Thurman would tell The Boxing Lab.
“They say I fought a lot of tomato cans but look at anybody's record and who hasn't? But how many people have 18 knockouts out of 19 victories? I plan on testing him early; I plan on looking for that punch, that one punch - that one beautiful punch. I'm telling you, that's why One Time is in the name man. I'm always looking to place that one beautiful punch and I was able to find that one beautiful punch against Carlo Quintana with 2 minutes and [change] of Round 1”.
Thurman isn’t shy about letting you know what his intentions are when you step in the ring with him and he plans for Zaveck to suffer the same fate 18 of his 19 opponents have endured. Fellow Al Haymon stable mate Andre Berto was able to stop Zaveck in 5 rounds when they fought in 2011 but it was due to a cut that prevented Zaveck from being able to see. Thurman plans to do it the old fashioned way and hopes to do it even sooner than Berto if possible.
“I don't talk about it much but knocking your opponent out is an art. It's a skill. And I'm always zoned in looking to place that punch. I'm going to test [Zaveck] early on. He might not make it past 4 [rounds] just like Quintana. We might do it sooner than Berto did it. I know this dude has never really been knocked down and I know he's tough as can be and we'll see what happens. So you know I'm just going to showcase my skill and showcase my talent and definitely 100% bring my power into the ring and we're going to see what happens” declared Thurman.
You can listen to Keith Thurman’s interview in its entirety by listening to The Boxing Lab podcast: http://tobtr.com/s/4364471
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