As previously reported on, former unified welterweight world champion Keith “One Time’’ Thurman will return to the ring to take on former super lightweight world champion Mario “El Azteca” Barrios in a 12-round welterweight showdown.

The fight will headline a FOX Sports Pay-Per-View on Saturday, February 5 from Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Both Thurman and Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs) will look to rebound from their first career defeats with statement victories.

Thurman will be returning to the ring after a 30-month absence, which is the longest of his career. 

The last time the 33-year-old Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) saw action was back in July of 2019, when he lost his WBA world title by dropping a close twelve round split decision to Manny Pacquaio.

Thurman is promising to create fireworks - hoping to get back in the mix for a world title opportunity in the near future.

“It’s been a long time coming for my return to the ring, and I can’t wait to compete again,” said Thurman.

“In 2022, I will remind the world of boxing that Keith 'One Time' Thurman is a fighter not to forget. I look not to the past nor to the future, I'm back now, and I'm ready to fight. I dream big, and now is the time to make that dream a reality. Get ready, because I’m putting in the work to put on a show against Mario Barrios on February 5 on pay-per-view. It’s begun and my time is now.” 

Barrios lost his WBA "regular" super lightweight world championship when he suffered an 11th-round TKO loss to Gervonta Davis in his most recent fight on June 26.