One-on-one with Keith Thurman

By Anthony Ivey - I recently sat down with 2008 Olympic Trials silver medalist Keith ďOne TimeĒ Thurman (8-0, 8 KOís) along with his trainer and manager Ben Getty for an exclusive one-on-one interview. Thurman is promoted by Starfight Productions, and his next fight will be on Feb. 13 at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Fla. Photo courtesy of Cory Wilcox..

boxingAnthony: Keith, you just completed your first year as a pro. What are your reflections on 2008?

Keith: It was definitely a good year, but I am looking to an even better year in 2009.

Anthony: Any issues with transitioning from amateur to pro?

Keith: None whatsoever. I knocked people out in the amateurs; Iím knockiní people out in the pros.

Anthony: You developed quite a local following; how do you plan on expanding it?

Keith: Keep fighting, keep winning. Iím hoping to get some out-of-state fights and on TV so the rest of the world can see me.

Anthony: Is there anyone out there in the division youíd specifically like to fight?

Keith: Mike (Andre) Berto. Cotto, Margarito. I like to fight fighters that actually fight.

Ben: That would be a tremendous fight down here, two local Florida fighters fighting for a world title. That would be down the line, but right now weíll fight a Mike Jones or James De la Rosa.
Anthony: Whatís the meaning behind your nickname ďOne TimeĒ?

Keith: Itís my punching power. That one-time Mike Tyson punch. All it takes is one time. One time for my opponent to make a mistake, and thatís it.

Ben: Since heís been 7 years old heís been knocking people out. Iíve been in camps over the last 20 years with guys like Mugabi and Hearns, and never seen anybody punch as hard as Keith, anybody. There isnít anybody today at 147 that punches as hard as Keith. Once we get on TV and he knocks somebody out, the whole world is gonna know about Keith.

Anthony: Anything youíd like to say in closing, Keith?

Keith: Iíd like to thank everyone in the Bay area for coming out and supporting me. Keep an eye out for your boy in 2009.

Article posted on 16.01.2009

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