The power-punching WBA interim champion Keith "One Time" Thurman (22-0, 20 KO) is looking for fame, riches and greatness in the sweet science.
He'll carry his undefeated record, interim title and string of impressive knockouts into his next test on Saturday in StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Former world champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KO) will oppose him on yet another tripleheader from Showtime.
Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse faces John Molina, and WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa will defend his title against Jerry Belmontes.
In the main event, Thurman will be trying to position himself to battle one of the many big names competing on Showtime in the welterweight division.
A win will keep his fast-rising stock on the incline.
Here's how you can catch this jam-packed card:
Where: StubHub Center in Carson, California
When: Saturday at 9 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Livesport.tv (Region Restricted)
The Book on Thurman
All "One Time" wants is a shot at one of the big names in the welterweight division. By some accounts, Thurman is the most avoided man in boxing.
Boxer Billy Dyer thinks Thurman is the man most people try to steer clear of.
People say the most avoided fighter is GGG but that's rubbish! he's a cherry picker! The most avoided fighter is @KeithThurmanJr FACT!!!— Billy Dyer (@BillyDyer12) March 2, 2014
Showtime's Al Bernstein seconds that notion:
Starting to feel like @KeithThurmanJr is the elephant in the room for all welterweights.. Well except for one.— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) February 18, 2014
For months, Thurman has been calling out any and everyone.
@ChinoMaidana you've ducked me for years. I'm the guy you should be fighting— ONE TIME (@KeithThurmanJr) February 6, 2014
The interim WBA champion also wants to take on Floyd "Money" Mayweather and has made his desires known everywhere. Twitter is no exception.
Thurman tweeted the following posts over the last two months:
Mayweather has another date on May 3 with Marcos Rene Maidana. And Thurman has to settle matters with Diaz on Saturday.
That said, the two men's schedules would certainly seem to align for a late summer meeting should they both win.
With so much focus on bigger fish, is Thurman overlooking the old shark in front of him?
The Book on Diaz
After losing two unanimous decisions in his last two bouts, Diaz really needs a win. He floored Amir Khan in the fourth round of their April 2013 bout but was otherwise outboxed.
In Sept. 2013, current IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter easily beat him.
Still, Diaz is a warrior and professional with 50 fights and 15 years of experience.
He'll at least be prepared for Thurman. But at 34 years old, another loss could signal the end of his career—or at least it probably should.
Who wins Thurman-Diaz, and how?
Thurman's hand speed and power make this bout a huge mismatch. Diaz was able to drop Khan, but we all know that accomplishment has to be placed in perspective.
As gifted as Khan is, he has one of the weakest chins of any well-known fighter in the world.
Thurman's power and speed are in the same ballpark as Khan's, and his chin isn't as suspect.
He will stop Diaz by the sixth round.
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