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Keith Thurman: I Failed In Self-Discipline With Weight, But Real Champs Come Back

Keith Thurman is ready to make a comeback after nearly one year away from the ring recovering physically from left-hand surgery and emotionally from his first career loss to the hands of Manny Pacquiao.

The 31-year-old Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) knows that once his return to the squared circle is set, his battles with the scales that he endured before the competitive split decision defeat to Pacquaio will no longer be an issue.

“The No. 1 thing I blame [in the Pacquaio loss] is my weight control. As far as self-discipline, I failed on that. I think I can take the weight off more slowly and not rapidly,” Thurman told PepTalkUK. “I had to put a lot of strain on my body that he didn’t have to put on his body, but I did it to myself. There’s no one else to blame. It was a great learning experience.”

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One Time wants to live up to his moniker, as he promised that’s the only time any of his fights will be close moving forward.

“There’s no one going to beat me by one point ever again,” said Thurman. “It’s going to be hard for a lot of people. The fight [against Pacquiao] wasn’t lost in the first round. It was lost somewhere around the tenth … There was a moment where I saw the fight pretty much as a draw. It was at that moment where I accepted a draw with two rounds to go where I lost the fight. I believe if I had pushed and convinced myself that I needed a knockdown, even if I fell short of it, maybe the performance of that would have led to the draw.

“I wonder if I didn’t stay so calm whether that would have affected the fight. It’s been a long time since I dominated, destroyed and got rid of my opponent.”

Thurman said that he learned a lot from the Pacquiao fight, and that he’s looking forward to evolving and putting his findings back in the boxing ring.

“Upsets happen, but the real champions come right back, and that’s what I plan on doing,” said Thurman.

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.

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Comment by MDPopescu on 07-16-2020

[QUOTE=KnickTillDeaTh;20657856]Define soundly, Thurman won on one of the judges cards and lost by 2 rounds on the other judges cards, with the knock down being the extra point. What Ruiz did to AJ was soundly, what Mayweather did to Canelo…

Comment by Silver Spear on 07-16-2020

Only time will tell if he means what he says. Lip service will only take you so far. Hopefully he regains that drive he had early in his career before he held the belt hostage.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 07-16-2020

Nobody wants to see that again. You were dropped in first round by 10 years older man.

Comment by tokon on 07-15-2020

[QUOTE=BlackR0bbb;20657535]He's not getting another Manny bag, so he better just put his nose to the grindstone and prepare to face one of the lions in the division. We already know he wants no smoke with Bud.[/QUOTE] I'm not convinced that…

Comment by Bluebird on 07-15-2020

[QUOTE=jackblack008;20657044]punchstats wise Thurman should have been the winner barring that 1st round kd[/QUOTE] The crippling body shot on the 10th round sealed the deal. The winner landed the most significant punches regardless of punchstats.

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