WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman returned to the ring after almost two years away from the sport and defeated Josesito Lopez by majority decision back in January, and while some were unimpressed by Thurman’s performance, Hall of Fame Winky Wright was impressed, and he thinks Thurman showed a lot of good things against Lopez.
“Listen, he fought a tough fighter as you can see,” Wright recently told goforitradio.com. “He fought a game fighter; he fought a guy that didn’t come to lay down. He came to win, and Keith showed what a lot of fighters don’t show. Keith showed yall how to move, Keith showed yall he can punch, Keith showed yall that he can take a punch… He’s a completer fighter…
“Keith is a well-rounded fighter. He can box, he can punch, he can go to the body, so I can’t wait to see him fight all these other fighters. I like Terence Crawford; I like Errol Spence, Pacquiao; I like all them fights, so that’s what the game needs, that’s what the sport needs for them fighters to fight each other.”
Wright does believe that Thurman can hold his own against some of the top names at 147, including Spence, Crawford, and Pacquiao.
“He stacks up well against anybody,” Wright said. “He can box, he can jab, he can do whatever they do. That’s one thing that he can do, and that’s punch with both hands. So, no matter what you say. You might do this or do that, but if he catches you with either one of those hands, one-time, lights are out.”
It should be interesting to see where Thurman goes after the Lopez fight. You could see the rust against Lopez, but that is expected after almost two years out of the ring.
Listen below as Wright talks Keith Thurman: