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Keith Thurman

Nickname – One Time
Height – 5-11
Weight – 147 (welterweight)
Date of Birth – November 23, 1988
Hometown – Largo, Florida
Pro Record – 24-0 (21 knockouts), 1 NC
24-year-old phenom Keith Thurman is nicknamed “One Time,” and it’s an apt moniker considering that it seems like he only needs to hit opponents one time before they’re staring up at the lights.  Winner of 12 bouts in two rounds or less, don’t blink when this heavy hitter from Largo, Fla. steps between the ropes.
A boxer since the age of seven, who got hooked on the sport after seeing a demonstration in school by his future trainer, Ben Gettys, Thurman almost immediately showed why today’s fans and pundits consider him a can’t miss prospect for eventual world title honors. Thurman went on to an impressive amateur career that included a Silver medal in the Olympic trials, but his real education came in the gym, where he sparred with the likes of Andre Berto, Chad Dawson, Winky Wright, and Jeff Lacy over the years.
Opting to leave the amateurs behind, Thurman turned pro on November 9, 2007 with a first round stoppage of Kensky Rodney. First round knockouts soon became a recurring theme in Thurman’s career, as his first eight wins came before the bell ending the opening round sounded.
In June of 2009, Thurman was extended into round three by 64 fight veteran Marteze Logan, but when he stopped Logan, he became only the second man to stop him in three rounds or less.
After wins over Travis Hartman (TKO2), Edvan Dos Santos Barros (W8), and Leonardo Rojas (TKO2) to finish up the year, Thurman came out blasting once again in 2010 with early victories over 7-0 Stalinn Lopez (KO2) and Quandray Robertson (KO3).
On November 27th, 2010, he defeated 23-2-3 Favio Medina of Mexico via fourth round TKO at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and after an extended break from the ring, he made a triumphant return on February 25, 2012 with a first round TKO of Christopher Fernandez at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Thurman returned to the ring on May 5, 2012 with a third round TKO of previously unbeaten Brandon Hoskins on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto undercard, and he was featured on HBO’s Boxing After Dark on July 21, as he stopped Orlando Lora in six rounds.
Next up for Thurman was a November 24 bout against former world champion Carlos Quintana for the NABO junior middleweight title, and “One Time” was in top form in stopping Quintana in just four rounds.
On March 9, 2013, Thurman returned to the 147-pound weight class to face another world champ – Jan Zaveck – in a WBO Intercontinental title bout, and he delivered a shutout 12 round decision win, setting up a July 27 match against Diego Gabriel Chaves for the interim WBA World Welterweight Championship. Pressure like that can break a young fighter, but not Thurman, as he rose to the occasion, knocking out Chaves in the 10th round of an exciting bout to win his first World Title belt.
On Saturday, December 14, he will defend that belt for the first time against veteran Jesus Soto Karass.