Keith 'One Time' Thurman came into his fight on the undercard of Amir Khan v Devon Alexander this past weekend with a fearsome reputation as a man on route to welterweight domination.
Thurman, aged 26 from Clear Water, Florida, USA, held an unbeaten record of 23 wins with 21 by way of knockout. Thurman had faced off with the likes of Diego Chaves, who incidentally gave Timothy Bradley a tough fight on the same night, Jesus Soto Karass and Julio Diaz.
Thurman squared off with a man well known to British fight fans, Leonard Bundu. The Italian based 40-year-old originally from Sierra Leone has fought the likes of Lee Purdy and Frankie Gavin in the recent past and come away with the win both times.
He also held an unbeaten record of 31 wins and two draws heading into this big shot with Thurman. Bundu is an awkward opponent who switches from orthodox to southpaw at will and is difficult to tie down. He is a tough fighter who knew that a win would propel him into the big time in America.
Quick Start From Thurman
Thurman started the fight very quickly by dropping Bundu in the very first round. Bundu recovered well but Thurman looked in complete control of the contest for its entirety.
Thurman stuck to his boxing skills and showed that he has good technical ability to go with the power. He also showed that he is equally comfortable fighting from the southpaw stance which could prove a useful asset in future fights.
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Thurman Didn't Go For The KO
Thurman didn't ever really up the pace though and every round seemed pretty much the same. He was in complete control and far too good for Bundu but he didn't appear to want to try and force a stoppage.
American fans have been so excited about Thurman as he has blown away the vast majority of his opponents to date and they were expecting the same against Bundu. There was booing from the fans which was harsh but that is testament to how highly fight fans rate this young man.
Bundu is also a better fighter than fans seemed to be giving him credit for and this means that a near shut-out win for Thurman is impressive stoppage or not.
Many see him as the next big fighter in the highly competitive welterweight division and a dominant performance such as that over Bundu shows why.
There are talks of a possible fight between Thurman and the tough and durable Argentine Marcos Maidana for some point next year and that really would be an interesting battle.
Maidana fought pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather twice last year and performed much better than most were expecting.
Maidana is a rough and rugged opponent who would give Thurman some real problems and if Thurman was to come through successfully then he would be in the sweep-stakes for a huge fight afterwards.
Thurman Has Potential
Thurman is clearly a very dangerous fighter who has now shown that he has very good technical skills to work from as a solid foundation.
He is still improving as a fighter and has little things to work on but he appears to have all the potential to be a world champion in the near future.