Undefeated WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith “One-time ” Thurman returns into the ring after a lengthy injury layoff to defend his title against veteran Josesito Lopez on Saturday, January 26 live in Prime Time at the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes in Barclays-center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING&Commerce;.
Televised coverage begins at 8 pm ET/5 p.m. PT and certainly will see a co-feature containing fast-rising unbeaten Polish heavy weight competition Adam Kownacki as he clashes with former name challenger Gerald Washington at a 10-round battle.
Tickets for that series begin at $50 and may be ordered at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, or even by calling 800 745 3000. Tickets can also be purchased in Barclays-center in the American Express Boxoffice. Group discounts can be found by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
“There is a high amount of expectation and intrigue surrounding the ring return of welterweight champion Keith Thurman, and also Josesito Lopez will surely offer some answers about where Thurman is after two years out of this ring,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Adam Kownacki and Gerald Washington get the chance showing exactly where they stand at the division that is resurgent. These two are. It’therefore the kind of night which may have fans on the edge of the chairs. ”
“I always speak for boxing fans everywhere when I say that we are anticipating Keith Thurman’s go back into this ring,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global. “He’s undergone success therefore that it ’s fitting that he will lead a season of BROOKLYN BOXING programming off at 2019. I look forward to seeing Adam Kownacki, that comes with a strong determined by fans that are loud to favorite. ”
Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) made a steady increase through the welterweight ranks and reached the pinnacle with hard fought victories over Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia in Barclays Center, the latter of which got him a WBC summit in addition to his WBA name. However, a string of injuries, including surgery and rehabilitation on his elbow, has sidelined him for two years, calling in to question his place. Even the 30-year-old Thurman, who is still the reigning WBA welterweight champion, will be seeking to recover his own status. Thurman, who lives and trains at Clearwater, Florida, enters the ring for the very first time as a split decision victory Garcia.
“& I ’m excited to step straight back into the ring,” said Thurman. “it ’s only a little nerve wracking because I want to get a performance and considering off the time. I would like to speak more with my hands silent and more than my words the naysayers who believe Keith Thurman has ever lost abilities and his own fire . I really believe that I ’m the very best welterweight in the branch and at the world and that I expect to showcase this on January 26 with a knock out. The struggles in the division have involved that’ll last being the case and Keith Thurman. I’m looking forward to with and revealing I’m number one. ”
Even the 34-year-old Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs) will be looking to thwart Thurman’s plans to recover his own lofty status within the 147-pound branch. Nicknamed “The Riverside Rocky” because of the personality, the Riverside,” California-native has turned in to the ring against a number of the finest fighters of the creation. Since suffering a TKO loss to former welterweight champion Andre Berto at 20, he has rattled off three consecutive victories. Lopez is currently coming from a unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Miguel Cruz on April 28 live on FOX.
“I’m approaching this struggle as leaving no stone unturned when I prepare to take this world-championship,&rdquo. “I’t create training camp with elevation, chasing chickens, in to putting in the work, chopping wood. We & rsquo; ll notice come fight night and there could be considered a small uncertainty, although overall him will change. The improvements which I’t made that the last number of years can become involved. Theyrsquo;my qualities fortified and that I can & rsquo;t wait to show it on the planet. ”
Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs) has risen throughout the heavyweight ranks with a tough-as-nails brawling style which created a string of knock out victories and exciting showdowns. His knock out series stopped at four in his final struggle if he scored a unanimous decision victory over former champion Charles Martin on Sepember. 8. Will soon fight Barclays Center to get the time and a third time .
“residing in Brooklyn like a home game for me, & rdquo; said Kownacki this is. ” I’t had a number of my performances in Barclays Center and that I can’t wait to step into the ring against Gerald Washington and exhibit myself on PBC onto FOX. There is not anything simpler to start off than with that & rsquo and a knock out;s what I intend on doing in Barclays Center on January 26. I expect all my fans will probably come out as though they do and have the arena in white and red. ”
Washington (19-2-1, 12 KOs) is really a 6-foot-6 heavy weight who has been able to use his athletic power to force his way beyond the majority of the competitions he confronts. This athleticism will present a struggle to Kownacki, that could be facing the fight of his career. Even the 36-year-old Washington of Vallejo, California is really a former college football standout at the University of Southern California and a U.S. Navy veteran who has challenged Deontay Wilder due to his championship. He’s coming from a unanimous decision victory over John Wesley Nofire within his last fight on June 10.
“rsquo; t wait to show what that I & rsquo; ve ever been working , & rdquo & I will; said ldquo, & Washington ;Boxing is a game of truth. It brings the truth to light and it exposed my truth and what I needed to work on. You’ve got to be able to adjust and be more comfortable in every circumstance. You need to be ready for exactly what ’s in the future. He’SA bruiser. He’s tough and also he loves to fight. ”