Thurman Stops Soto Karass Via TKO9

BY Michael Woods ON December 14, 2013
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Broner vs Maidadana 2 05d8eBroner vs Maidadana - 8 4f9e9Broner vs Maidadana 654 f5159Double fisted banger Keith Thurman, a believer in the power of the power punch, looked to keep his momentum flowing, taking on journeyman turned contender Jesus Soto Karass on Showtime, in San Antonio. Thurman entered with the WBA interim welter belt around his waist, and left with the same, a TKO victor at 2:21 of the ninth.

SK was born in Mexico and lives in Cali; he entered at 28-8-1, 1 ND, coming off wins to Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto. Thurman lives in Florida; he entered at 21-0. One Time went 260-586 to 148-688 for the loser.

After, Thurman spoke to Barry Tompkins. Thurman said that he always wants the KO.

In the first, Thurman got buzzed. An overhand right did it. He got his senses and got to bombing. His left hook told SK that Thurman wasn't hurting. Thurman's jab was popping and he added a couple hellacious body blows. Three hard rights landed clean for One Time late. Thurman used his legs better in the second. JSK was warned for straying low late, for good reason. Thurman looked so confident, in his body language, and for good reason in the third. Both hands found JSK's noggin again and again, in the fourth.

He went down in the fifth, off a left uppercut. Could he last? In the sixth, JSK went low with a right to start. The Mexican knew he needed to switch the momentum. Thurman's movement, though, was constant and unpredictable, and the Floridian didn't let JSK get going. Thurman ripped a left to the body to kick off the seventh. His confidence didn't dim as he knew his legs, movement, ability to dictate range, were too much for the Mexican.

JSK plowed forward, but without enough athleticism or imagination in the eighth. In the ninth, Thurman looked to close. JSK loaded up with too-long rights. But he ate clean shots and the ref interceded as Thurman looked to unload.

A left hook started it, and four more power shots landed before ref Jon Schorle hopped in between, as JSK was going to the floor. A left hookercut was the final telling blow.

 

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Radam G says:

Perfect call for B-sug. Holla!

brownsugar says:

Thanks RG...I never thought AB would fold up and clam up against Dana but you said he would..good call...AB didn't learn anything from the Malignacci fight...overall a very good show.

DaveB says:

Keith Thurman still impresses. Very determined, strong mental game and very good boxing skills. Good punching power and good stamina. Getting better and better.

amayseng says:

Thurman is getting better each fight and AB is getting worse.

Thurman will learn to conserve energy better as time goes on as well. He seems to hop around too much and

waste energy.

AB can be an exciting knockout to happen for about 5 good WW's, that may be all he will be worth is a B

side highlight reel of knockouts.

Carmine Cas says:

I caught scenes of the fight, Thurman seems to be improving each showing. SK is a tough fighter but without an ultra steel chin and one punch knock out power to compensate for his lack of athleticism and great technique I'm afraid he will always be vulnerable to fighters who can box intelligently and pop. But he's got hella heart.

Carmine Cas says:

And Thurman got the city right this time!

Carmine Cas says:

I caught scenes of the fight, Thurman seems to be improving each showing. SK is a tough fighter but without an ultra steel chin and one punch knock out power to compensate for his lack of athleticism and great technique I'm afraid he will always be vulnerable to fighters who can box intelligently and pop. But he's got hella heart.

Carmine Cas says:

And Thurman got the city right this time!

The Shadow says:

I agree, Thurman bounces around too damn much, he's not economical with his footwork like a B-Hop.

A savvy pressure fighter with a good D -- think Bradley vs Alexander -- will have him tiring and fading.

Thurman doesn't have that much upside to me. Broner got way more upside, if he gets his ish together.

At this point, Thurman's probably a Top 10 guy at both 47 and 54. But Lara smokes him. Canelo, too. Molina beats him as well. Alexander boxes circles around him. I can probably name at least five more who beats him.

I can see Thurman beating Khan due to Thurman's power and Khan's lack of discipline after punching. But one more year with Hunter and Khan shuts him out as well.

In a few years, we'll see Thurman competing at middleweight anyway. Then we will see how much power he has. Not sold on him yet.

the Roast says:

Nice win for Thurman. He has become a legit contender up in here.

brownsugar says:

Nice win for Thurman. He has become a legit contender up in here.


Thurman showed a lot of improvement.. Good movement and defense and his stamina was solid every round.... Nobody beats him at welterweight except Floyd .. Paq.. and possibly Porter...and the shelf life For a victory from either one of those fighters is not longer than 12 months... They need to match Thurman with a true boxer to hone his skills... Its obvious nobody else wants him at 147. Because he is far from the weakest link in the division and he easily derails the other contenders...no way Thurman stands right in front of Maidana and excepts a stupid beat down like Broner did.

gibola says:

Love Thurman - he's not reckless but he comes to fight and wants to KO his opponent. There are so many attractive fights out there for him, win or lose this is a guy I want to see fight. Thurman v Maidana, Guerrero, Garcia, Khan, Malignaggi, Bradley, Marquez - all excellent matchups. I think he'll pick up losses as he goes up in level but he'll always be worth watching and he's a real (as they said in the 50s and 80s) 'TV fighter'.

The Shadow says:

If he gets another good win that makes him commercially viable, give me Thurman vs. Guerrero. Or Bradley.

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