By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
After a 22 month injury layoff, Keith Thurman (29-0 / 22 by KO) won a competitive fight against a game Josesito Lopez (36-8 / 19 by KO) by a twelve round majority decision at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Thurman dropped Lopez with a left hook towards the end of round two and easily won the first six rounds, before Lopez really came on in rounds seven and eight. In those rounds Lopez completely dominated Thurman and was very effective with straight right hand leads, to win both those rounds.
Round nine was the best round of the fight as Thurman would start to take back control of the fight and pull away.
As the twelfth began, it was apparent that Lopez needed a knockout to win and even though he won that final round, it wasn’t enough on the judge’s scorecards.
Official scores were: 113-113, 115-111, and 117-109 … my scorecard was 117-109 … 9 rounds to 3 for the winner Thurman, in successfully retaining the title.
I personally thought that referee Steve Willis did an excellent job and that should be noted.
Currently, the welterweight division is incredibly deep with outstanding talent such as Errol Spence Jr., Mikey Garcia, Terrence Crawford, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Jeff Horn. I believe what’s best for Thurman is to stay active with another fight this Summer and then a possible mega (PPV) unification fight with Manny Pacquiao in late 2019 … and that would be huge!