Keith Thurman Eager To See if Diaz Really Wants a War

By Carlos Arias

Keith Thurman, 25, is a talented young prospect trying to build a name for himself in the boxing worl.

His opponents on Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson is Diaz, 34, a former two-time world champion who is a 15-year veteran with 50 fights on his record.

Could all of Diaz's experience play a role against Thurman?

"There's only a few people that I actually really, really consider a veteran," said Thurman at Westside Boxing Club. "To me, that term really means that you are old in the sport of boxing. And even though I'm only 25 years old I got 18 years in the game. I consider myself a veteran and I plan on showing that my skills and my experience --- even though I'm at the age of 25 --- (is more) than all the experience he has acquired in his professional career."

There has been a lot of speculation about a future showdown between Thurman and IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter, but Thurman maintained he is focused on Diaz.

"Every fighter takes it one fight at a time," Thurman said. "I gotta do my job Saturday night against Julio Diaz."

Diaz fought Porter to a draw in 2012 and dropped a close decision to Porter in the rematch in 2013. Diaz also gave Amir Khan all he could handle  in a 12-round decision loss.

"He's been very competitive lately fighting these welterweights who are rated in the top 10, and now he's going after 'One Time,'" Thurman said of Diaz. "It's my job to make a statement on Saturday night that I'm different from all the fighters in the welterweight division, and that people should look out for Keith 'One Time' Thurman."

So how does Thurman expect the fight to play out?

"I don't expect anything, man," Thurman said. "I expect him to fight his fight and to fight his heart out. He claims, well, he made the statement that the fight's not going to go the distance. He plans on trying to knock me out. I don't know if that's what we call 'fight hype,' or if that's actually part of his strategy. We'll find out Saturday night."

You can reach Carlos Arias on Twitter @PunchyMcGee.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kilrain on 04-26-2014

Would love to see Thurman in there with a resilient foe who is physically strong and hits hard. Maidana fits the bill, Guerrero too: not so much a heavy hitter, but has a smothering style. Matter of fact, WTF has…

Comment by ThatDude44 on 04-26-2014

[QUOTE=_original_;14469282]That's not entirely his fault though, most guys at 147 don't want anything to do with Thurman right now. Maidana, Paulie, and Porter have all ducked or avoided a fight with Keith "One Time". However, I agree with your main…

Comment by _original_ on 04-26-2014

[QUOTE=Luilun;14468951]I'm not sold on Thurman as an elite fighter until he beats one all his defenses have been against wash up or c level fighters time to bring up your game level. Oh I forgot he's a Haymon fighter so…

Comment by krazyn8tive on 04-26-2014

I bet $25 on Diaz at +1000

Comment by Rudiamonds on 04-26-2014

[QUOTE=Luilun;14468951]I'm not sold on Thurman as an elite fighter until he beats one all his defenses have been against wash up or c level fighters time to bring up your game level. Oh I forgot he's a Haymon fighter so…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Danny O'Connor Gets Off The Floor, Decisions Steve Claggett Felix Verdejo Very Angry With Decision To Stop The Fight Video: Crawford's Coach Shreds Horn - Warns Spence, Thurman Kyril Relikh vs. Eduard Troyanovsky Showdown is Ordered Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores Must Happen By June, Says WBA Arum Wants Ramirez, Prograis to Take Interim Fights on Same Card Michael Conlan Hopes To Fight in Belfast on June Date Kovalev-Marcus Browne Deal Done for HBO Bout; Date Not Set Arum: Felix Verdejo Very Disappointing; It's a Lack of Discipline Felix Valera, Luis Lebron Grab Knockout Wins in Santo Domingo Sam Soliman, Wes Capper Fight To a Twelve Round Draw Ryuya Yamanaka Retains WBO Strap, Canizales Wins WBA Belt Photos: Gvozdyk Earns WBC Shot, Michael Conlan Excites Crowd Joe Joyce-Dereck Chisora Likely To Be Confirmed For Bellew-Haye Photos: Jose Ramirez Breaks Down Amir Imam For WBC Belt Roach: Linares Has Fight Left in Him; Might Be Too Old for Loma Photos: Antonio Lozada Drills, Stops Felix Verdejo in Shocker Photos: Joe Joyce With Crushing One-Punch KO of Donnie Palmer CompuBox: Jose Ramirez's Pressure, Power Shots Was Difference Robert Helenius Wins Split Decision Over Yury Bykhautsou Gvozdyk: I Want The Stevenson vs. Jack Winner in My Next Fight! Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti Shocks Ray Lampkin With KO in Two Lozada: I Knew I Would KO Felix Verdejo, I Went For it in Tenth Cristian Mijares Gets Stoppage Win Over Fernando Saucedo Jaime Munguia Knocks Out Johnny Navarrete in The Third Roach: Ramirez Won Every Round, 2 Judges Should Be Investigated! Don King: Imam Didn't Throw Enough, Ramirez Was Relentless Michael Conlan Demolishes David Berna in Two Rounds Jose Ramirez Lands Gold, Decisions Amir Imam For WBC Title Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gvozdyk Wins Tough Decision Over Amar, in Line For WBC Shot Ramirez: I'm Ready To Fight Best, No Matter What Critics Think Yeison Cohen Passes Away After KO Loss Earlier This Month Antonio Lozada Drops, Stops Felix Verdejo in Tenth Round Joe Joyce Destroys Donnie Palmer With Big Knockout in One Christopher Diaz Wins by TKO, Rodriguez Suffers Hand Injury Jose Pedraza Sheds Rust, Pounds Out Decision Over Rodriguez Whittom Dies After Being in 10 Month Coma Following KO Loss McKinley: Ramirez Doesn't Have Power, Imam By Far Best Opponent Danny O'Connor, Steve Claggett To Collide at House of Blues

Latest Active Forum Threads