If you had queried the name Keith Thurman at the start of 2012, you might have had a very disparate perspective of the man also know as “One Time,” to the same name search at the onset of the current calendar year.
This is because although the 24-year-old welterweight from Clearwater, Fla. had compiled a 16-0 record, with 14 knockouts to his credit through 2010, he saw no action in 2011 due to a knuckle injury and two canceled bouts.
Thurman emerged from his squared circle sabbatical, with results that proved he was cultivating more than his cornrows, which could still be slightly tighter for the purists, during his absence. In fact, his out of the ring craft cultivation resulted in winning all four of his bouts with knockouts in 2012.
He is next slated to slug it out against Slovenian Jan “Mr. Sympathicus” Zaveck in a WBO title eliminator on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Tavoris Cloud main event, on March 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In addition to looking forward to his next bout, here are several reasons to look forward to the current calendar year and beyond, when it comes to Thurman.