By: Damon Gonzalez
Saint Petersburg, Fla.–The next generation is here! Promoter and future Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya stepped on the gas by putting together the fight with undefeated and Golden Boy’s rising star Keith “One Time” Thurman (19-0, 18 KO’s) vs. Jan “Mr. Sympathicus” Zaveck (32-2, 18 KO’s) fight as the co-main event of Bernard Hopkins vs. Travis Cloud on March 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the WBO Welterweight title eliminator.
In the heart of St.Petersburg, Florida in the small St. Pete Boxing Club. This club home of former World Champions Ronald “Winky” Wright and Jeff Lacy. The 24 year old Keith Thurman, make no mistake about it fans, is showing the criteria of becoming one of Golden Boy’s franchise fighters. Thurman a very hard hitter is a dramatic exciting fighter to watch, highly skilled and winning his last 8 fights with hard knock outs. Most recently stopping Carlos Quintana by TKO this past November.
Thurman I remember fighting earlier in his career as a pressure fighter who throws a lot of combinations and always finds the door open. he kicks his way in. Always in shape and electric to watch. This can be the fight of the night on April 9th at the Barclays Center. Fans don’t go get refreshments because it will be exciting to watch.
Quotes from Keith Thurman from his Training Camp in Florida:
“I’m just truly honored and blessed, I’ve been fighting since I was a young kid and I would have never dreamed of this.
Training Camp is great coach Dan Birmingham and Christopher Getty watching over my carrier, I’m just so grateful, when my trainer Ben Getty passed away that was a very difficult time he has been the fabric of me coming into my own.
Jan Zaveck I see nothing special about him, he is a true warrior he comes to fight he’s not scared of anyone that’s exactly the fight I wanted, There is nothing I have not seen in boxing, I’m focused and nothing can stop me from reaching the top I will be a World Champion.”
“Fighting in Brooklyn, New York it’s the big stage there I’m looking forward to it I’m honored and very excited.”