Thurman Has Surgery on Left Hand: I Felt Pain in Pacquiao Bout

Former welterweight champion Keith Thurman revealed that he underwent surgery on his left hand on September 4. (photo by Ryan Hafey)

The injury will prevent him from returning until the first quarter of 2020.

Thurman snapped a near two year layoff earlier this year, after undergoing elbow surgery in the aftermath of his twelve round decision win over Danny Garcia in March of 2017.

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Thurman did not return until January of this year, when he won a tougher than expected twelve round decision over Josesito Lopez.

Then he was back in July, when he suffered his first career defeat at the hands of Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Thurman went down in the first round, but he rallied down the stretch to lose a split decision on the cards.

He initially planned to take one more fight before the year was out, but now he plans to recover.

“The surgery was a bone fusion, so they fused some of my metacarpals,” Thurman said to Yahoo Sports.

“There is not an issue with my fingers or the knuckles that I make a fist with. It feels so much better now. Right after surgery, it was quite painful with a lot of initial swelling. Right now, it feels good and it’s not swollen as it was. I’m not on any pain meds or anything.”

According to Thurman, this injury has been there for quite a while and caused him pain in both of his bouts in 2019. The pain also bothered him as he prepared for both bouts.

“[The pain] was there all year,” Thurman said. “It was there in the Josesito Lopez fight and it was there in the Pacquiao fight. But as a world champion, I had to fight and that’s what I did. At the end of the day, there are no excuses, but I wasn’t at my best physically in either of them. I had to fight through it.

“It bothered me in camp and disrupted my preparations more than anything, which is another reason I decided to get the surgery now instead of waiting and doing it later. I can’t promise I would be the same Keith Thurman and I couldn’t promise a great comeback if I were to keep fighting in the condition I was in.

“Losing to Pacquiao is evidence you can’t be a one-handed champion. If you really want to be the best in the world, you have to be the best you can be to fight any type of world-class fighter. Even with one hand, I fought a hell of a fight. I needed to throw more right hands and the fight was there. The opportunity was there. I felt him wearing down and I could feel him struggling a little bit. At the end of the day, I didn’t win, but I felt I had what it took to win.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by 5000boxing on 09-22-2019

[QUOTE=marikudo;20073186]He will be KOed the next time.[/QUOTE] Lol.. Nah. It's obvious he lost his focus.. But what happens if that lost vs Pacman lit that fire inside Thurman again!!!??? I think the best of Thurman is yet to come..

Comment by pasawayako on 09-22-2019

[QUOTE=Zano-24;20074269]Your too funny.[/QUOTE] Yeah it's funny that spence and crawford hasn't proved anything in a ww....

Comment by Zano-24 on 09-22-2019

[QUOTE=pasawayako;20073605]Thurman can still beat Spence or crawford....[/QUOTE] Your too funny.

Comment by vitali1999 on 09-22-2019

This guy is finished

Comment by rh6414 on 09-22-2019

[QUOTE=pasawayako;20073605]Thurman can still beat Spence or crawford....[/QUOTE] And then you woke up LOLOLOL!!!

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