by Hack Allen: Keith Thurman says his goal in his February 5 fight against Mario Barrios is to make a statement and not leave it up to the judges. The hugely popular former WBA/WBC welterweight champion Thurman and former 140 lb WBA champion Barrios will fight early next month on February 5th on FOX Sports PPV at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.
To win this fight, Thurman cannot afford to leave himself unguarded against Barrios the way he did in his last competition. Barrios, 5’10”, has the size, youth, and strength to cash in on any mistakes Thurman makes.
Another important thing for Thurman is not to hold back as he did in his last fight, because this is the wrong guy for him to go rounds.
Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) made a mistake that left it up to the judges the last time he fought in 2019 against Manny Pacquiao, and it cost him that fight. Although the umpires scored correctly, Thurman, 33, didn’t risk any chance against Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs).
The two and a half years that Thurman has been out of the ring will leave him rusty and weak and could affect his stamina in the second half of the competition.
Thurman to make a statement
“Let’s go back in time. The agenda was to beat Manny Pacquiao, then join the belts with Errol Spence Jr, point blank,” Keith Thurman told the PBC Podcast when asked who he’d fight next if Barrios were defeated.
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“The way I see it, Barrios is going to do everything in his power to make a statement, display his skills and talent, do his best to thwart Keith Thurman, and control Keith Thurman, and I’ll come and let him know that no matter how long you’ve been out of the ring but you picked the wrong fight tonight.”
“I want to enter , I want to make a statement and I don’t want to leave It is up to the judges. I want to stop it, but I’ll be there, I’ll look and I’ll throw.
“We’re going to toe, blowing the blow, and I want to challenge him to see how excited this boy really is and have an exciting fight like I’ve done so many times in the past.
“Remind the world what he brought into the welterweight division. The blast, the great IQ in the ring, the technique, the movement, and a few straw makers. We have to throw bombs. We have to come throw bombs, you know?”
I got to hit him the way I wish I could hit Pacquiao. I have to let her go. I have to take a risk. I’ve already been hit once, so what do I keep? What do I protect? My legacy is cemented. I was the unifying champion who Unbeaten in the world.
With so many boxing fans skeptical about Thurman’s chances of succeeding in his comeback, it’s important for him to make a statement against Barrios.
One time loss changed everything
“They already have my Hall of Fame uniform,” Thurman continued. “I’m really there. It’s already happened, but that doesn’t mean the stories are over. So all we do is get into a new chapter in Keith “One Time” Thurman’s life.”
“This new chapter with this layoff for two and a half years Remind people how cool I am.
“So what has happened since then? I let Pacquiao run away with my country [WBA] Belt. Spence had a hiccup [eye injury], which allows [Yordenis] Oghas step into the row, perform it, hold the belt.
Now, Spence will grab the belt, but no one will get their hands on that belt if Keith Thurman doesn’t take the ‘L’.
“This all happened because I fell from grace. None of this is going to manifest in the world of boxing. Keith Thurman was the only guy you guys were talking about. That’s why it’s funny when you don’t talk about me as a man you should be talking about.”
“That’s why we’re trying to get back into the mix and recreate those dreams, goals, looks and aspirations we already had.
“There’s nothing new. I’ve already told you, 2022 is nothing new. It’s just boxing, baby, and this boy here brings the best out of everyone,” Thurman said.
Thurman’s “once” loss to Manny Pacquiao took something out of the Filipinos’ game, considering his loss to Jordenes Ogas last August. Ojas’ career skyrocketed very quickly, thanks to Thurman’s loss.
If Thurman hadn’t lost to Pacquiao, we probably wouldn’t have seen Ojas become world champion because this guy Keith would likely have defeated him.
Thurman prefers Spence over Ogas
“Because of experience, resumes Asked to choose between Spence and Yordenis Ogas in their unification battle in April, Thurman said the way we write things down with pencils.
“But styles make fights, and Ugas is one of the biggest welterweights. The real thing about Usyk is he might not be the hottest fighter, but he’s Cuban. The boxing people, the Cubans, know they need respect.
“Cubans, they know a thing or two about boxing, man. You can’t just say he’s going to walk through Ugas. People will want to say, ‘Man fell.’ Ugas can give you a fight you might not like. They’ll challenge you in different ways.”
“He gave Porter a really good fight. Some people think he really won. I thought he fought a lot like Cuban. He was a lot in the middle of the ring and he took the pressure.
“He needed to get ahead like his Mexican brothers and had to come out the champ that day so we know who Ogas was that day.
“God blessed him with another chance and opened the door and handed him, 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao, two years after Keith Thurman put his hands on it.
“That was just what it was. He got his skills and talents against a legendary fighter and he won and now he has the little dogs to fight back. Can he win? I love the match. I’ll give it 60/40.”
“I almost want to give it a little closer than that, but we can’t help but get away from what we’ve seen in the past. What is the Spence like? I say 60/40, but it might be closer to 50/50 because Errol Spence vs. Danny Garcia wasn’t the best Errol Spence.” .
“How good of a form will he need to fight Pacquiao? How will he recover once he goes to camp and not fights and gets into another camp?” Thurman said of Spence. It is up to both fighters to prove their greatness.”
Bio, High Work Rate, Strength, and Young IBF/WBC Welterweight Champion, Errol Spence Jr. It gives him the advantage to win this fight against WBA champion Yordinis Ugas.
What could be a factor against Spence is his last eye injury, and the car crash he suffered in 2019. If Spence can’t fight like he used to, Ojas will make use of his depleted ability to defeat him.