In what was clearly a mismatch from the opening bell, interim WBA welterweight champion, Keith "One Time" Thurman (23-0, 21 KO) destroyed Julio Diaz (40-10-1) on Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.
After the third round, Diaz's corner called an end to the bout. Per ESPN's Dan Rafael, a rib injury was the cause for the stoppage.
Fight is over. Diaz corner stops corner after 3rd rd. Claim rib injury. #boxing— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) April 27, 2014
In actuality, Thurman's speed and overall skill advantage is likely what caused the challenger's corner to save their man unnecessary punishment.
Steve Kim of Max Boxing talks about One Time's superiority.
Diaz goes down from a Thurman left. One Time is simply too fast, strong and athletic for him. #boxing— Steve Kim (@stevemaxboxing) April 27, 2014
During an autograph session at an event to promote the fight, Thurman spoke with Elie Seckbach of ESNews. He talked about being ducked by Floyd Mayweather's next opponent, Marcos Rene Maidana.
After watching this and Thurman's recent performance, it's not hard to see why Maidana would want to look elsewhere.
Thurman is a definite force at 147 pounds. The more he wins, it's hard to imagine how the best in the division will continue to ignore him.
At just 25 years old, Thurman is scary good.
On the other side of the coin, Diaz needs to give serious thought to his future. At 34 years old, he is apparently at the end of his pugilistic rope. The former IBF lightweight champion was at his wit's end.
He looked as if he had no business in the ring with Thurman. When losses begin to happen like this to former world champions, it may be time to call it a career.
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