Philippines, 22 Oct 2019
  Home >> News >> List of Articles >> Joaquin Henson

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        




 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
List of Articles by Joaquin Henson



If not Floyd, maybe Thurman for Manny?

By Joaquin Henson
PhilBoxing.com
13 Feb 2019



If Floyd Mayweather decides to stay retired, the man whom WBA welterweight champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao could fight next is undefeated Keith Thurman whose nickname “One Time” is supposed to herald his one-punch knockout power.

Thurman, 30, is recognized by the WBA as its welterweight champion in the “super” category while Pacquiao, 40, is the WBA titlist in the same division but in the “regular” class. A unification title fight to decide who deserves the WBA welterweight belt on an exclusive basis makes sense particularly as the governing body has been criticized for commercializing the sport by declaring champions in several categories to maximize earning from sanction fees. At the moment, the WBA has 11 “super,” 16 “regular,” two “gold” and three “interim” champions in 17 weight divisions.

The other day, Thurman called out Pacquiao to determine the “real” WBA ruler while on vacation with his Nepalese wife Priyana Thapa in Tokyo. The Japanese capital is where Thurman met Priyana Thapa in 2016. She worked for her father in a bar called Vibration in the Roppongi district. Thurman, whose father is African-American and mother is of Polish-Hungarian descent, is 10 years younger than Pacquiao and appears confident of beating him.

“The welterweight division is amazing,” he once said. “A lot of talent, a lot of fighters. I always say the welterweight division is the biggest of the small guys. It’s a very athletic division. A lot of people don’t understand the life of a fighter. Boxing is one of the hardest sports in the world. You need strength, conditioning, stamina, reflexes. In most sports, no one is punching you. You have to move backward, forward, side-to-side, take an attack, attack back.”

For a fighter known as a knockout puncher, Thurman hasn’t lived up to his reputation lately. Five of his last six fights went the distance and he’s coming off a hard-fought majority 12-round decision over Josesito Lopez at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn two weeks back. Thurman’s latest outing came after a 22-month layoff to recover from surgery in his right elbow and a bruised left hand. Against Lopez, Thurman started strong and scored a knockdown in the second round but faded as the fight progressed. He was nearly floored in the seventh round and lucky to survive a furious assault by Lopez.

What makes Thurman a leading candidate in the Pacquiao sweepstakes is his willingness to fight in the Philippines, something Mayweather will never agree to. “Bring it in the ring,” said Thurman. “Maybe Brooklyn, maybe Las Vegas, wherever Pacquiao wants it. I’d fight him in the Philippines if I had to.” Pacquiao hasn’t fought in his home country since outpointing Oscar Larios in 2006. After the Larios fight, Pacquiao went on to figure in 23 bouts abroad.

Thurman started boxing when he was seven. He was initially trained as an amateur by Benjamin Getty who worked with Sugar Ray Leonard early in his career. Now, his trainer is Dan Birmingham. As an amateur, Thurman posted 76 KOs in 101 wins. As a pro, he’s never lost and suffered only one knockdown, a first round drop before stopping Quandray Robertson in Los Angeles in 2010. Robertson was decked in the first, second and third rounds before it was over. Thurman turned pro in 2007 and has a record of 29-0, with 22 KOs and one No-Contest. When Thurman made his pro debut, Pacquiao was already a two-division world champion and on the way to becoming the only fighter ever to capture eight world titles in eight weight classes.

Thurman is a vicious body puncher and scored first round KOs over Kensky Rodney, Jessie Davis and Marcus Luck with shots downstairs. But he’s vulnerable to body blows, too. Against southpaw Luis Collazo in 2015, Thurman was hurt badly by a body shot in the fifth round but recovered to score a stoppage in the seventh.

A former WBA/WBC welterweight champion, Thurman has held the WBA crown, initially on an interim basis, for five years. “I just want to keep moving myself up and establishing my legacy,” said Thurman, quoted by writer Carlos Acevedo in Boxing News (London). “I want to distinguish myself from the other welterweights. I’m doing this for my career, for my legacy and for the fans. Without the fans, there is no legacy. I’ve been boxing for over 20 years of my life and I look forward to having some more great years. I’m proud to be living my dream.” Thurman said he’ll fight six more years then retire to become a boxing analyst.


Back to Joaquin Henson's Articles Listing



Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • SHANE MCGUIGAN: “I REALLY WANT TAYLOR TO GET HIS HANDS ON THAT MASSIVE TROPHY”
    By , 21 Oct 2019
  • OKOLIE: I’LL STOP NGABU
    By , 21 Oct 2019
  • BRAWL AT THE MALL 13 COMPLETE RESULTS
    By , 21 Oct 2019
  • Pacquiao Rolls Out Red Carpet to FIFA President Infantino
    By , 21 Oct 2019
  • Sergey Morozov retains M-1 Challenge bantamweight title
    By , 21 Oct 2019
  • PETALCORIN WINS IN GENSAN
    By Dong Secuya, 21 Oct 2019
  • Cody "The Crippler" Crowley improves to 18-0
    By , 21 Oct 2019
  • NBA -- New season brings new hope for Pacers
    By Jon Moskowich, 21 Oct 2019
  • Referee's Focus Should Also be Fighters Safety
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, 20 Oct 2019
  • OSCAR DUARTE DEFENDS REGIONAL TITLE AGAINST HUMBERTO DE SANTIAGO IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT
    By , 20 Oct 2019
  • Gov. Claude P. Bautista Inv’tl Boxing Oct. 27 in Malita
    By Lito delos Reyes, 20 Oct 2019
  • Charly targets SEAG gold
    By Joaquin Henson, 20 Oct 2019
  • ERICKSON LUBIN TRAINING CAMP QUOTES
    By , 20 Oct 2019
  • 'BRAWL AT THE MALL 13' WEIGH IN RESULTS
    By , 20 Oct 2019
  • KALLE SAUERLAND: “PROGRAIS-TAYLOR IS THE CAVIAR OF BOXING”
    By , 19 Oct 2019
  • NBA: Pelicans pull off a 117-116 squeaker over the Knicks
    By Oliver Iglesias, 19 Oct 2019
  • ANCAJAS HITS L.A.
    By Dong Secuya, 19 Oct 2019
  • King Artur: Beterbiev KOs Gvozdyk
    By , 19 Oct 2019
  • After Pacquiao, it's Nonito's Turn
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, 19 Oct 2019
  • NBA: The San Antonio Spurs Specialty - Flying Under the Radar
    By Reylan Loberternos, 19 Oct 2019





  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2019 philboxing.com.